Witch's Grave

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The ancient, isolated grave in the Aurora city cemetery, the “witch’s grave,” has a mossy tombstone and a protruding marker, said to be a warning to deter others from witchcraft. So the story goes, the “witch” was eccentric, which was enough for the townsfolk to label her a witch and blame her for bad things that happened. Eventually, they hanged her for her crime of oddness. However, reports say the woman actually buried here was a normal woman, Susan Gavan (1842-1882), who simply died of an illness, and was buried with her 7-month-old daughter Mary.

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Geographic Information

Highway 14
Aurora, NE
United States

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40.88660991246999, -98.0019110440117
Hamilton County, Nebraska
Nearest Towns:
Aurora, NE (1.3 mi.)
Hampton, NE (6.1 mi.)
Marquette, NE (8.1 mi.)
Giltner, NE (11.1 mi.)
Phillips, NE (11.1 mi.)
Stockham, NE (12.2 mi.)
Henderson, NE (12.4 mi.)
Chapman, NE (12.6 mi.)
Overland, NE (13.2 mi.)
Bradshaw, NE (13.3 mi.)


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  1. Michele nichols  |  

    I have cleaned and helped preserve that stone marker for years if you spent time on this grave u would correct your error the baby is little may not Mary .take the time to preserve and remove the lichens from the stone and get facts straight that’s any spirit hunters first duty

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