Charlestown RI is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, General Stanton Inn. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
In 1655 the land was given to Thomas Stanton, an interpreter for the Native American tribes in the region, as a show of gratitude. Thomas had arranged a successful hostage exchange between rival tribes. Essentially, when the Manesses tribe kidnapped a Niantic princess they demanded far too much wampum for her safe return. The Niantics went to Thomas at his little trading house on the Pawcatuck River and asked him to intercede on their behalf.
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.
The house served as a schoolhouse for his children and Indian children. In 1740 Joseph, the son of Thomas, added the main building and conducted a dairy business out of the inn. Joseph Stanton III was born in Charlestown in 1739 and was a Colonel in the militia, later earning the rank of General.
After the Revolutionary War, the family turned their mansion into an inn attempting to get out of their economic hard times. Ledgewick and Joseph Stanton, nephews of Joseph Stanton, operated the Inn. It was a regular coach stop between Providence and New London. Starting in the mid-1800s until after prohibition's repeal, the inn attracted gamblers from all over.
Not to be dismissed, there is also a cemetery on the grounds where General Stanton and his family are buried.
Today, the General Stanton Inn is one of the oldest still-operating inns in the entire county. The owners of the General Stanton Inn have maintained the property with its original ambiance, a true delight to stay in for enthusiasts of history, and perhaps the haunted!
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.
The Inn was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters" in October 2007.
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