There certainly isn’t any shortage of ghost sightings and spooky tales in the historic state of Rhode Island. In fact, it a place that is chock full of countless captivating and creepy paranormal experiences.
Let’s take a look at 11 of the most haunted places in Rhode Island:
Fort Wetherill is one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island and it is said to be haunted by a phantom dog that has been seen since back in the Revolutionary War era. It is said that when the British took control of the Forty in 1776 they were terrorized by a black dog who prowled the entire Fort. In British folklore a black dog is said to be an omen of death so they were understandably unsettled by his appearance. He is still spotted on occasion at Fort Wetherill usually glaring at people before disappearing through a wall. He can also be heard growling, barking and howling on occasion too.
10. Seaview Terrace, Newport
You might recognise the outside of Seaviw Terrace since it was used for exterior shots in the gothic horror television show ‘Dark Shadows’. However, the property doesn’t just look creepy, it is also considered to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island. The building has an interesting history. The house was originally built in Washington DC, but in 1907, liquor millionaire Edson Bradley decided to move his mansion to Newport, Rhode Island! It was completely dissembled and relocated to the existing Seaview Terrace in Newport. The entire process took 2 years to complete and involved merging the two buildings into one. It later became an all girls summer boarding school.
It is now said to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island with several ghosts in residence. The most prominent spirit said to haunt the property is the original owner’s wife Mrs Bradley. She loved her home and has no desire to leave it. She is often seen playing her favorite Estey organ while others have experienced various strange noises like phantom footsteps, disembodied voices, and banging. There have also been dark shadows seen and jiggling door handles!
9. The Perron House, Burrillville
The Perron House is very famous thanks to the movie ‘The Conjuring’. The film was based on true events that occurred in the home of Roger and Carolyn Perron. Not long after the couple and their daughters moved into the home they started seeing terrifying apparitions. Mrs Perron once woke to find an old woman in a gray dress with her head hanging at an awkward angle standing over her bed! Famed paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in and concluded that this was the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman a Satanist who sacrificed her own daughter to Satan before later hanging herself in a ritual to bind her soul to the property!
8. Belcourt Castle, Newport
Belcourt Castle is a mansion in Newport which is said to be haunted by a phantom monk. One of the most common reports of paranormal activity coming out of Belcourt Castle is in relation to two haunted chairs! That’s right, if you happen to visit Belcourt Castle then you may want to take care where you sit because there are two haunted chairs in the mansion which are said to forcibly eject anyone who attempts to sit on them! It has also been said that there is a haunted suit of armor in the house.
7. Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Exeter
Chestnut Hill Cemetery has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island, largely thanks to the tomb of an alleged vampire, Mercy Lena Brown! Mercy, her mother and two of her siblings all died of consumption. This was during a period when there was a great deal of hysteria surrounding vampires in New England and rumours persisted that one of the Browns was one of the undead leading to the families bodies being exhumed. Mary and the others were decayed as would be expected, but Mercy’s corpse was perfectly preserved and her hair had even grown longer while buried. Her heart was instantly cut out and burned to stop her rising from the grave. Since then Mercy’s ghost has been seen around the tomb wearing a dirty, ripped gown. On one occasion a visitor to the cemetery managed to record Mercy’s voice in EVP form saying, ‘Please let me rest in peace’.
6. The Breakers Mansion, Newport
Cornelius Vanderbilt had the stunning Breakers Mansion built in Newport during ‘The Golden Age’ (1900-1929) and to this day it remains one of the best examples of the era. It has formal gardens, a private beach and a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. It is now one of America’s largest National Historic Landmarks and one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island.
It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Alice Vanderbilt and her ghost has been seen regularly in the mansion since her death in 1934. The description of her ghost is always the same and fits how she would have looked prior to her death. The family living there now says that she has been a near constant presence, but they will not allow any investigators access as they know who she is and do not wish to disturb her. It is her home every bit as much as it is theirs.
5. Nathanael Greene Homestead, Coventry
Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry is the former residence of famed Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. It is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island thanks to a range of spooky activity including phantom footsteps, disembodied screams and doors that open and close on their own.
4. City Hall, Providence
Providence City Hall is known to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island. Staff have seen chairs moving by themselves, smelled cigar smoke and heard unexplained whispering in empty rooms. The paranormal activity is said to be caused by the ghost of the late Mayor Doyle who is actually buried in the building.
3. The Ladd School, Exeter
The Ladd School was founded back in 1908 as a school for the feeble minded. Over the years it came to be home to criminals and other undesirable people who society felt would be best removed from the general population. This included everything from the mentally ill to promiscuous women! The school became known for horrible and often immoral acts against those who were being ‘cared’ for. This included forced sterilizations and other barbaric treatments. In addition to staff harming the patients, many of them committed crimes against each other as well. The abandoned building is now known to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island. It is common for electronic items to be drained of power and visitors have heard screams and voices coming from inside of the empty buildings.
2. Cumberland Public Library, Cumberland
Cumberland Public Library, also known as Edward J. Hayden Library, is said to be haunted by a phantom monk which makes a lot of sense given that the property was once a monastery. One common report of paranormal activity in the library is that books have a habit of moving from one place to another mysteriously! Many of the people who live locally actually believe that it is not just the mansion itself that is haunted, but the entire surrounding area. They believe that it is haunted by the spirits of nine militiamen who are said to have been flayed there by Native Americans. Could the disembodied screams heard here be those militiamen reliving their torture?
1. The Biltmore Hotel, Providence
The Biltmore Hotel in Providence is said to be one of the most haunted places in Rhode Island. It was named as America’s most haunted hotel in 2000 and was apparently the inspiration for Robert Bloch’s Bates Motel and played a role in Stephen King’s creation of the Overlook Hotel in his book The Shining. When you look into the hotel’s history it is easy to see why! When The Biltmore Hotel was first built it was backed by prominent Satanist Johan Leisse Weisskopf. It is said that in the early years there were many Satanic rituals conducted on the property including some involving sacrifices. The hotel also became a hot spot during Prohibition and a number of high profile murders took place amidst the rowdy parties involving police officers and even the mayor. All of this has led to a range of paranormal activity. Guests often hear the sounds of rowdy parties coming from empty rooms long after the hotel bars have closed! One of the strangest reports connected to the hotel is that from time to time guests will simply vanish during the night! This started in 2008 when new owners boarded up the basement ritual rooms in an attempt to clean up the hotel. Modern Satanists claim that this is because the rituals were actually for purification and were keeping the evil spirits at bay!