History is filled with outcasts, and, unfortunately, many times, those outcasts are accused of being witches.
The most infamous case of witch hysteria in America was found in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Luckily, for Sophia Disch, Ashford Hollow wasn’t gripped with any traumatic trials or executions. Instead, gossip and folklore led to the birth of the Ashford Hollow Witch.
Sophia Disch was born in 1833 to Lewis and Salome Disch. When she was 29 years old, her mother died, leaving her and her father alone on the family farm. Sophia would spend the next sixteen years caring for her elderly father and running the home. Because of this, Sophia never married and, subsequently, never had children.
According to claims, Sophia died in 1909 from a heart attack or aneurysm while chopping wood. When she was found, she was wearing thirteen petticoats to keep herself warm. Some think she had lost her mind while others still clung to the witch claims.
Learn more about the Ashford Hollow Witch in our Haunted Atlas of Western New York coming Fall 2019.
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