Rhode Island November 21, 2019
Harrisville, The Tiny Town In Rhode Island With A Terribly Creepy Past
There’s not much to the tiny community of Harrisville. With a population of under 2,000, this part of Burrillville is quiet and peaceful… for the most part. But if you’ve ever seen the movie The Conjuring, you know that for at least one family, it was anything but. Believe it or not, that horror flick was inspired by real life events that took place in Rhode Island.
The Conjuring was released in 2013, and the audience was captivated by the fictional tale of an extremely haunted house.
But the scary tale gets even spookier once you realize it's based on real life events.
The Conjuring tells the story of the Perron family, namely Carolyn, Roger, and their five daughters.
The family moved into a 4-room farmhouse in Harrisville not realizing it had a rather horrifying history.
Not long after the family moved in, they started experiencing strange paranormal activity.
It started with small things, like the broom going missing and mysterious piles of dirt appearing in the center of a newly cleaned kitchen floor. Then it escalated, with all five children claiming to have seen spirits.
When it became clear that something was happening, Carolyn investigated the history of the house and learned it had a horrifying past.
Several families had lived in the home for multiple generations, and each of them had been brutally tortured. Several of the children had drowned in a nearby creek, one was murdered, and a few of them hanged themselves in the attic. There was also a reported rape and a few people mysteriously freezing to death.
The family eventually brought it professional paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, the same couple who investigated the Amityville home.
It was then they learned that the main evil spirit in the home was that of Bathsheba Sherma, an alleged witch who lived in the house in the 19th century and hanged herself in a tree in the yard. Bathsheba had been accused of being tied to an infant's death, though nothing was ever proven.
According to the Perron family, a seance was conducted in the house, at which time Carolyn became temporarily possessed.
When it was over, the family asked Ed and Lorraine (who denied their was a seance until their deaths) to leave. Unfortunately, for financial reasons, the Perrons were forced to remain in the house for 10 years. Once they left, they never experienced paranormal activity again.
These days, the house in Harrisville is owned by a couple of paranormal investigators who claim that there is activity in the home, but no evil spirits. And just like that, Harrisville went back to being a quiet community.
Address: RI-107, Burrillville, RI, USA