One Of The Most Haunted Mansions In Rhode Island, Belcourt Castle, Has Been Around Since 1891
The story of Belcourt Castle began in 1891 when construction on what would be Oliver Belmont’s summer bachelor pad began. Finished in 1894, it was set as a getaway for him and his horses. The same architect who designed Marble House and The Breakers was hired to create the masterpiece. In 1896, Mr. Belmont fell in love with the recently divorced Alva Vanderbilt who added her own touches and sense of refinement to the stately manor after they married.
The house remained in the Belmont family until 1940 when it was then purchased by a Mr. George Waterman. It was sold again in 1954 to Elaine and Louis Lorillard, then again in 1956 to Harle and Donald Tinney, who lived at Belcourt for 56 years, collecting antiquities for the home from all around the globe. In 2012, it was purchased by the owner of jewelry company Alex & Ani, Carolyn Rafaelian, who has been restoring the home to its former glory.
For decades, there have been other residents discovered at Belcourt Castle but these particular residents are not among the living.
Have you experienced any ghostly activity while on a Belcourt Castle tour? If so, we would love to hear about it!
For more information on the history and to see photos, visit Belcourt Castle’s website or Facebook page.
Address: 657 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
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