Rhode Island January 15, 2017
8 Truly Terrifying Ghost Stories That Prove Rhode Island Is The Most Haunted State
Do you believe in ghosts? If so, then you just might think that Rhode Island is the most haunted state in the country. We have some truly terrifying legends of ghosts here. Here are eight of the scariest.
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1. The Ghost Children On Tower Hill Road
Tower Hill Road, in Cumberland, is apparently haunted by many ghosts. A little boy rides his tricycle down the shadowy road near dusk, disappearing when your car gets near. A little girl sitting next to the side of the road seems normal, until you realize that she's not alive. A young boy runs down the road with his dog, then veers in front of your car before disappearing into thin air.
2. The Farm Hand At Colt State Park
The land that is now Colt State Park was once a working farm. An unfortunate farm hand died in an accident at the barn that once occupied the property. He's said to haunt the park office now, turning off lights and slamming doors.
3. The Screaming Knight Of Belcourt Castle
Completed in 1895, Belcourt Castle is a very impressive "summer estate," consisting of sixty rooms. This mansion isn't thought to be haunted by its original owner, however. Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont and his second wife, Alva, traveled extensively and furnished the mansion with antiques from all over the world. It's thought that some of the historic pieces may have brought some spirits along with them.
4. The Ghost Ship Of Block Island
Not all ghosts are the lingering souls of the dead. Block Island is supposedly haunted by a ship that ran aground there in 1738. The Palatine had a horrendous crossing from Germany to Block Island. When they finally got within sight, the residents of the island decided to overtake the ship and steal its cargo (not knowing that all the food was spoiled and the passengers were all but starved to death). The island residents set off false landing lights, causing the ship to run aground. The ship caught fire, and many passengers burned to death. Others jumped into the icy waters and drowned. The Palatine is said to appear every year near the anniversary of the tragedy.
5. The Famous Ghost At The Providence Athenaeum
The ghost of Edgar Allen Poe is said to haunt this library in Providence. Poe reportedly spent time here with his literary love, Sarah Whitman. His portrait hangs in the art room, and many visitors have reported seeing the man himself in the room.
6. The Vampire Of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Mercy Brown was only nineteen years old when she died in 1892. The January temperatures were well below freezing, so Mercy was buried in this crypt. When several other members of her family were overcome with consumption, townspeople were convinced that Mercy was "undead." When they opened the crypt, they found a perfectly preserved body. Taking that as confirmation that they were dealing with a vampire, they removed her heart, burned it and made her brother drink a concoction that included the ashes.
7. The Wealthy Ghost At Breakers Mansion
The Vanderbilt family built the 65,000-square foot Breakers Mansion. The Preservation Society of Newport owns and manages the estate now, but the Vanderbilt family still has rights to the third floor of the mansion, where they sometimes stay. That floor is said to be haunted by Alice Vanderbilt, who died in 1934. Family members, tour guides and visitors to the mansion all report seeing Alice.
8. The Mill Owner At Slater Mill
Samuel Slater opened this mill in 1793, when he was just 25 years old. He's said to be the Father of the Industrial Revolution because his inventions changed the ways textile mills operated. Samuel's ghost is said to still haunt the property. In addition to its owner, the mill is haunted by several spirits that supposedly died while operating the dangerous machinery. The screams of children have been heard here, and guests report feelings of dread and cold spots throughout the mill.
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