Rhode Island’s rich history has ensured a few things for the people that live there; amazing architecture and unique museums for one, but also dozens of urban legends, ghost stories, and generally creepy occurrences. We compiled this list of 9 scary spots across the state that are just perfect for a terrifying Rhody road trip.
1. Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket
Our journey begins at Slater Mill Historic Site. Formerly at the heart of the industrial revolution, each mill on the premises is said to be haunted by workers who lost their lives due to accidents in the mills. Ghost tours and walking tours are available year-round, making this a perfect start to our terrifying Rhode Island trip.
2. Providence Athenaeum
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.
3. Providence City Hall
After leaving the Providence Athenaeum, a short walk will bring you to city hall. 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.
4. Governor Sprague Mansion, Cranston
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.
5. General Nathanael Greene's Homestead, Coventry
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.
6. Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Exeter
This cemetery is chill inducing all on its own. Add the grave of an alleged Rhode Island vampire and the terror factor is almost too much to handle.
7. Belcourt Castle, Newport
After leaving the cemetery, you'll continue on to beautiful Newport. The original owners of Belcourt Castle were world travelers with an impressive collection of art from their explorations. It is said that many of the items in their collection have attracted the presence of ghosts from across the globe who continue to reside here and cause all sorts of paranormal activity. Ghost tours are offered of each of the stunning rooms.
8. Seaview Terrace, Newport
This sprawling Newport mansion is so eerie, the horror television series Dark Shadows was filmed on the premises.
9. Colt State Park, Bristol
The final destination of this horrifying trip is Colt State Park. Aside from being a magnificent place to watch the sunset over the water, the park has its share of creepy tales. It's said to be haunted by people who perished in the park over the years.
Be sure to set a date soon for your terrifying Rhody road trip, if you dare.