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Monday, September 18, 2006

Wellsburg 'Witch Trial' Stirs Debate

A Wellsburg man wants to hold a Halloween event centered around an alleged witch trial in Brooke County in 1802, saying it would be one way to draw visitors to the county.

But the Brooke County Commission heard Monday from two local historians who object to the event, saying there’s no evidence the trial occurred.

Though the commission hasn’t prohibited the event from being held, its organizer, Michael Traubert of Wellsburg, said he plans to move it from the county courthouse to the Brooke County Public Library.

Traubert, who has spoken on local history to various civic groups, said he believes a Brooke County woman named Annie Blair was tried for witchcraft but acquitted. Full Story

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