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5 of the Most Haunted in Rhode Island USA: Phantoms of the Ocean State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Rhode Island are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Ocean State!

The Conjuring House

Harrisville, Rhode Island

Haunted Conjuring House

The home, built in 1736, predates the Revolutionary War. In January 1971, the Perron family moved into this farmhouse on the outskirts of Burrillville, Rhode Island. Shortly thereafter the moved in, the unsuspecting family reportedly experienced all types of paranormal activity. At first the activity was playful. Later it turned more sinister, experience activity that included dark apparitions, physical attacks done by unseen hands, and chilling poltergeist activities. The infamous paranormal investigators/demonologists/psychic medium couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren were called on in the very early stages to help clarify what was happening in their home. The recorded journals of these experiences became the root story for the famous movie, The Conjuring. In July 2013, filmmakers scripted and produced “The Conjuring,” creating a horror movie that would break many blockbuster movie records.

In early 2019, the property was purchased by Cory and Jennifer Heinzen who are Maine-based paranormal activity investigators. It is their hope to renovate the 18th-century farmhouse and open it for paranormal investigation tours. Since moving in, a short two months later, Cory Heinzen, the new owner, claimed to have experienced the spectral activities that cannot be explained. It is reported that doors opening and closing on their own, hearing unexplained footsteps, knockings, the disembodied voices. He even claims to have witnessed a black mist describing it as “it looks like smoke. It’ll gather in one area and then it’ll move”.  He continues describing his experiences of seeing lights flashing in rooms. Cory explains, "And when I say lights flashing in rooms, its rooms that don’t have light in there, to begin with.” He confessed that he has a hard time staying in the house alone. With all this the Heinzen’s don't feel it is anything evil and malevolent. Regardless, supernaturally, they describe the house as very active.

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The White Horse Tavern

Newport, Rhode Island

The Haunted White Horse Tavern

It was first constructed in 1652 as a home for Francis Brinley.

Twenty years later, in 1673, William Mayes Sr., and investor, pursued to give the space a purpose as a tavern.  Today, the White Horse Tavern is reported to be the "oldest tavern in Rhode Island", but also the oldest "continuously operating" tavern in the United States. It also self-proclaims that it is the "Yearly Gathering Place of Members of the Colonial Legislature", serving as a meeting place for over a century of City Council, the Colony's General Assembly and the Criminal Court. This colonial charm filled with centuries of stories has plenty of reasons to be very haunted. There have been several different ghost sightings, including the apparition of an older man who prefers to show himself to female guests. He is dressed in shabby colonial period attire, and is seen often by one of the fireplaces. Many suspect this is the phantom be of a man who in the 1720s who mysteriously died in one of the rooms on the second floor. Other visitors have reported seeing the full body apparition of a woman who wanders around the tavern, always disappearing right by the fireplace. You may also hear the cries of a young girl near the bathroom on the second floor, although she has never been seen.

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The Graduate Providence

Newport, Rhode Island

The Haunted Graduate Providence Hotel

Built in 1922, the Graduate Providence, formerly the Providence Biltmore, is a beautiful hotel complete with the original ornate ceiling and famed glass-and-brass elevator. The building of the Hotel was financed by a proud Satanist named Johan Leisse Weisskopf, who made no excuses for his intentions to familiarize New Englanders with his religion.

The dark history of this iconic hotel makes it easy to understand how this hotel is considered by many to be one of the most haunted in America. From stories of Satanic rituals and even human sacrifices that occurred at the Hotel, it is no wonder there is paranormal activity at this location. While it was a speakeasy, there were multiple murders with police and government officials implicated in the crimes, including the drowning of an 11-year-old prostitute. Legend states that all of these deaths resulted in hauntings, seeing the spirits of murder victims trapped within the Biltmore. Other apparitions include seeing a falling suicide victim outside guest’s windows, which is thought to be the phantom of a businessman that plunged to his death in 1929. It is said that around the witching hour many have claimed to hear the sounds of crazed parties coming from empty rooms. This includes the sounds of heavy stomping as if drunken groups of dancers are taking to the floor and glasses clinking from long past toasts.

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The Outlook Inn

Newport, Rhode Island

Haunted Outlook Inn

Formerly known as the Pilgrim Inn, the Outlook Inn was first built in 1775 as a private residence, probably for an upper-class merchant’s family.  The Outlook Inn building is an iconic symbol of Newport's history. As the economy in Newport began to flourish, the inn was a favorite destination. In the 1800s is believed was the home of an Irish family, that lived on the third floor running the inn beneath them. After being an apartment guest house for Navy families during the Civil War and a homeless shelter, the restored property opened as a bed and breakfast inn during the early 2000s. Just recently it has gone through another renovation.  Known previously for many years as the Pilgrim Inn, new ownership has instilled a new name, The Outlook Inn. The spirit of a young ghost girl may be seen staring down from the windows if you look up to eighteenth-century hotel from the street. Her period attire reflects that worn during the 1800s and early `1900s. She is suspected of having been a victim of one of the infectious diseases that hit Newport in the 1800s.  A medium once connected with another young girl around the age of 4-6 called Jessica. She is thought to be one of the children of the Irish family that once owned the property. She wears an old fashioned grey dress and her spirit has been seen by many as well. Being a light-hearted and playful ghost, she likes to tinkle with electrical items. Sometimes the intercom will buzz for unknown reasons. She will also play with the clothes dryer while the staff is doing their chores. If you want to try to see Jessica, you may wish to go to the third floor's rooms 11 and 8. In these rooms, guests have seen small shadows and movements, connected to the auditory sound of a disembodied child’s laughter.

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General Stanton Inn

Charlestown, RI

Haunted General Stanton Inn

In 1655 the land was given to Thomas Stanton, an interpreter for the Native American tribes in the region, as a show of gratitude. He brokered a deal and was granted a nice chunk of land by a Niantic Sachem. Thomas Stanton won a one-roomed gambrel-roofed house and moved it onto his land in 1667. After the Revolutionary War, the family turned their mansion into an inn attempting to get out of their economic hard times. Not to be dismissed, there is also a cemetery on the grounds where General Stanton and his family are buried.

The deep-rooted history of this mansion set the stage for great haunted tales. With over 200 years of history, the General Stanton Inn has only had six owners since the region's Native American owned this land. Both the inn and its cemetery have experienced much spectral activity. Many say that "dozens of ghost sightings" have been reported over its history. People have reported seeing the apparition of a male ghost. They claim the phantom attempts to get their attention by tapping them on the shoulder. Some say this is the spirit of a construction worker. Other reports detail hearing unexplained noises and feeling uneasy at times. Once a worker reported a mannequin's finger being thrown at him while in the attic.

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More Reads...

Haunted Rhode Island Paperback – December 1, 2005 by Thomas D'Agostino     Guidebook to Haunted & Strange Places in Rhode Island and Surrounds Paperback – November 28, 2016 by Charles Harrington (Author)     Ghost Hunting Rhode Island: USA Paranormal Investigation, Haunted House Journal, Exploration Tools & Gear Planner for Ghost Hunters Paperback – December 16, 2019 by Caprica Publishing (Author)

 

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