Rhode Island is a fascinating little state with a rich and dynamic history. While this has resulted in amazing historical attractions, it’s also resulted in some pretty creepy ghost stories. Here are 10 hauntings in Rhode Island that are sure to terrify you.
1. The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe
The Providence Athenaeum isn't just known for its striking architecture and impressive history as a member run library. It is also known for its ties to Edgar Allen Poe and poet Sarah Whitman. The two were frequent visitors of the library and it's said the ghost of Poe himself haunts the top floor.
2. The ghost at Governor Sprague Mansion
Governor Sprague Mansion is a stunning mansion and museum. Not only was it the birthplace of two Rhode Island governors, it also has an extensive and at times turbulent past. The mansion is said to be haunted by a former resident after his mysterious murder in the 1800s. Everything from actual ghost sightings to objects moving on their own have been reported.
3. The ghosts of Seaview Terrace
This property is so creepy that the exterior was used in the filming of the gothic horror television series, Dark Shadows. The various reports of ghosts residing on this property add to the sense of utter terror.
4. The ghosts of City Hall, Providence
Once featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters, those working and visiting the building have reported chairs moving, elevators operating themselves, and chilling ghostly sounds echoing through the halls.
5. The ghosts of Cumberland Public Library
A former monastery and now library, this Rhode Island location has various unexplained and creepy occurrences.
6. The ghosts of Belcourt Castle
It is said that the collection of worldly art and artifacts the former owners of the residence brought in to the house are possessed. The amount of paranormal activity at this century-old estate makes it one of Rhode Island's spookiest destinations. If you're feeling brave enough, the house offers tours of the haunted rooms and worldly antiques.
7. The ghost of Nathanael Greene's Homestead
This home of a famous Revolutionary War general is currently a house museum and considered one of the most haunted sites in the state. Everything from moving baby carriages to eerie chills have been experienced here and it's definitely worth the visit for those seeking a little terror.
8. The ghosts of Colt State Park
Beautiful Colt State Park is more than just a great place for a seaside walk in nature. It's also a great place to see some ghosts. The ghosts of several people who have died on the property have been known to play tricks on park rangers and visitors alike.
9. The ghosts of Slater Mill Historic Site
An old textile factory built in the late 1700s is eerie all on its own. Reports of paranormal activity add to the scare factor and ghost tours are offered throughout the year. This Rhode Island historic attraction is said to be haunted by the former workers of the factory involved in various accidents with the machinery.
10. The ghosts of Old Brook Farm
The reported paranormal activity at this old farm house found in Harrisville is so intense, it inspired the popular horror movie The Conjuring. Nightmarish activity like doors slamming, ghostly screams, and hair pulling at night and more were common events for the family that formerly lived at this residence and fled from their experience.
Interested to learn more about the history of Old Brook Farm? Read our recent feature