The Witch Of Chesterville

Published on 11 August 2021 at 17:35

the witch of chesterville grave and oak tree

Witches have played a massive part throughout our history, and many women have lost their lives after being wrongly accused of witchcraft.

It is estimated that from the 15th to 17th century around 40,000 people are believed to have been executed for witchcraft in Western Europe.

In Chesterville, Illinois, a small graveyard is the final resting place of the 'Chesterville Witch'It is believed that in early 1900's a local woman was accused of witchcraft after she questioned the local Amish faith.


After naming the women the Devil’s servant, the town elders decided to banish her. After a couple of days, the women's body was mysteriously found in a nearby field. The community was afraid that she would return to life in order to seek her revenge.

After becoming scared and worried, the townsfolk decided to bury the body and then plant an oak tree in order to mark her location. A local legend says that the tree contains the traumatised soul of the young woman, and if the oak tree is ever cut down, moved or destroyed, the soul of the witch will leave her grave in order to destroy those who caused her death.

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