- Grant Recipient
Legends & Lore®
- State Route 20 West Bound of the Schoharie Creek, Esperance, NY
- 42.7608684, -74.2611909
The Esperance Historical Society and Museum
Sometimes referred to as the “Grenadier Woman,” the legend of the Esperance Witch is about a widowed French woman who was accused of witchcraft. Among the acts of which she was accused, include taking off her apron and poling herself across the Schoharie Creek on the garment and putting it on dry on the other side. She was also accused of delivering poor crops and dying cattle. Locals were determined to get the “witch” out of the area and she was shot through the window of her house with a silver bullet. She’s said to be buried below a pine tree with its roots keeping her from rising to seek vengeance.