Newport RI is home to one of the most haunted eateries in the state, The White Horse Tavern. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
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. After enlarging the structure, he turned it into a tavern and inn. Mayers officially obtained a tavern license in 1687. The name Mayes may be familiar, for you see, his son William Mayes, Jr. was a notorious pirate that operated in the Red Sea. After some of his pirating criminal adventures, he would return home to Newport and his bounty. Here he was openly welcomed and protected by the townspeople.
During the American Revolution, British warships arrived in Newport’s harbor in December 1776. For the next three years, British soldiers occupied the city including its tavern. The tavern's owner, at this time, Walter Nichols fled the city during this time. While Nichols was gone, the tavern was occupied by British troops. When they finally left in 1779, Nichols returned and reopened the tavern. He also added the gambrel roof and enlarged the structure to its present dimensions.
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.
Today, it is certainly a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.
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. Others have caught him in one of the men's bathrooms. Could this phantom be of a man who in the 1720s mysteriously died in one of the rooms on the second floor? Although he remains namely, it is suspected to have fallen a victim to smallpox while he was renting a room upstairs from the tavern.
Other visitors have reported seeing the full body apparition of a woman who wanders around the tavern, always disappearing right by the fireplace. Her image has been captured in a photograph.
You may also hear the cries of a young girl. Numerous guests have heard the sad wales of a little girl near the bathroom on the second floor, although she has never been seen.
If you don't see one of the spectral forms before your eyes, you may still have a spiritual experience when you feel a hand on your shoulder. Go ahead, turn around, for you will not see anyone. Other paranormal activities include disembodied heavy footsteps from the second floor, especially at night when all the patrons have left the tavern.
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