There is no shortage of ghost sightings and spooky happenings in this historic state. Rhode Island is home to some of the world’s scariest places and has countless captivating frightful tales. Here are 15 of the most terrifying locations in the Ocean State.
1. Fort Wetherill, Jamestown
This abandoned military fort with acres of underground tunnels is terrifying even for the bravest of visitors.
2. Belcourt Castle, Newport
This century old estate is one of Rhode Island's spookiest destinations. If you're feeling brave enough, the house offers tours of the haunted rooms and worldly antiques.
3. Seaview Terrace, Newport
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 Breakers Mansion, Newport
This historic and breathtaking mansion built by the Vanderbilt family is one of the country's largest historic landmarks. It is also rumored to be haunted by Alice Vanderbilt and reports of out of place furniture and eerie sounds are not uncommon.
5. Old Brook Farm, Harrisville
The Perron family who formerly occupied this house were plagued by a series of terrifying events. This place is so scary it's featured in the film The Conjuring.
6. The Charles Looff Carouself in Crescent Park, Riverside
This century old carousel is said to be haunted by those who perished in a fire on the premises in the 1960s. Sounds of children laughing, lights flickering, music turning on by itself, and actual sightings of ghostly women dressed in early 1900s attire are all common occurrences here.
7. Mercy Brown's Grave in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Exeter
The New England Vampire Panic in the mid to late 1800s ignited terrifying incidents still discussed over a century later. The exhumation of Mercy Brown as a vampire in the 1890s continues to be Rhode Island's scariest tale, making her grave in Exeter's Chestnut Hill Cemetery the number one creepiest place for goosebumps and chills that linger.
8. City Hall, Providence
Providence is the first of two city halls in Rhode Island to make this list. Workers report the elevators constantly acting as if a ghost is operating them, lights flickering, furniture moving on its own and other horrifying occurrences.
9. City Hall, Warwick
Warwick City Hall is so spooky it was featured on the show Ghost Hunters. Strange cries, moving furniture, and more make this an eerie place to spend time.
10. Colt State Park, Bristol
Beautiful Colt State Park is more than just a great place for a seaside walk in nature. Its 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.
11. Slater Mill, Pawtucket
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.
12. Nathanael Greene Homestead, Coventry
This creepy and haunted historic house is sure to give you chills.
13. The Ladd School, Exeter
This former private institution was home to thousands over its many years of operation. After decades of human rights violations and malpractice cases, the facility closed and stands eerie and abandoned in the town of Exeter.
14. Cumberland Public Library, Cumberland
A former monastery and now library, this Rhode Island location has various unexplained and creepy occurrences.
15. St. Mary's Church, West Warwick
St. Mary's, the first catholic church in Rhode Island, is not only cursed, but is also said to be haunted.
These eerie places across the state each have their own history and unique qualities. One thing they do have in common is they are all terrifying and sure to keep you up at night. Can you think of any other places in the state that have given you the chills?