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There's no chance it's haunted by the hundred dead witches who were horrifically burned to death in this very spot, is there?
Caroline to Bonnie on the spot of the dead witches in Ghost World


Witch Burial Ground, also known as the Old Witch House, is a forsaken lodge that rests upon the location of where one-hundred witches were brutally burned to death.

History

"Spirits of the witches who died here, I can feel them."
Bonnie Bennett

In the 1690s, migrating settlers from Salem sought refuge from the witch trial persecutions. Over the next two hundred years they developed a community that would later become known as Mystic Falls. ("The Dinner Party")

In 1790, after a neighboring settlement near, what would become, Mystic Falls, experienced a sudden wave of anti-witch hysteria, the town decided to round up a vast group of men and women, of whom they suspected of practicing witchcraft. They tried them as witches, tied them to stakes in a field and they were consumed by fire.

In We Have History Together, Sybil reveals that, prior to their deaths, the witches gave magical help to a local metalsmith, Harvey, who was making a bell for them. The witch's bell, as Sybil called it, was spelled for a specific, yet unknown purpose though they made it indestructible. In What Are You?, it was later revealed through a flashback that the hundred witches were in fact a part of the Bennett Coven and used their magic to protect the community. However, Cade had the siren sisters add the Staff of Arcadius to the Maxwell bell, corrupting their magic. As a result, they sacrificed their lives in the process when Ethan Maxwell rang the Bell twelve times, unleashing hellfire, though they were successful in preventing it's spread. Beatrice was the only known Bennett witch to have survived the massacre.

In The House Guest, it was revealed that Emily Bennett was exposed as a witch by Katherine in 1864. The founders council kidnapped her from her home and took her to the same location of her ancestors and she too was burned.

Over one-hundred years later, the area was renovated into a residential property. However, after numerous complaints of "hauntings" by the homeowners, the field had once again became abandoned and stayed that way ever since. 

Appearances

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Season 3

Season 4
Season 8

Trivia

  • Bonnie Bennett is a powerful witch who commonly visited the cottage in order to communicate with the spirits of her ancestors and to gain more knowledge on the history of their magic.
    • In Ghost World, Sheila Bennett, as a spirit made manifest, visited the cottage and Bonnie. They would eventually perform a spell together.
  • The cottage is marked with power from the violent deaths of Emily Bennett and the hundred other witches.
    • Abby Bennett, like her ancestor before her, violently died on these grounds (after she was fed Damon's blood).
    • Bonnie has also died at this house, though the spell she performed to cause her death, also brought her back to life.
  • The only vampires that can enter this place are: Stefan, Damon, Caroline and Klaus. Damon was initially burned by sunlight when the witches prevented his daylight ring from working and Klaus was attacked after just a few minutes. However, after threatening the Bennett Family and the other living descendants of the spirits, they allowed him to stay in the house.
  • Some non-vampire characters have entered the house: the witches Bonnie and Abby Bennett (though the latter has not returned since her transition into a vampire), the witch-spirit Sheila Bennett and the humans Elena Gilbert, Jeremy Gilbert, John Gilbert and Alaric Saltzman.
  • To date, five Bennett Witches have visited this house: Beatrice, Emily, Bonnie, Sheila, and Abby.
    • Furthermore, Esther Mikaelson channeled the Bennett Ancestry from this location.

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