How to visit ‘Conjuring’ house and other haunted Rhode Island spots – The Providence Journal

651

Beckie-Ann Galentine has the macabre covered, both as a hobby and as a job.

“I’m a mortician during the day, ghost hunter at night,” said Galentine, who is a rising star of the spooky on TikTok, which she has parlayed into gigs as a content creator for the Travel Channel and Lifetime.

And she says that Rhode Island is chock-full of spooky places that any ghost hunter can explore.

Posting under the name “My Bloody Galentine” — her name rhymes with Valentine — she has amassed more than 350,000 followers on TikTok, which has splashed over to 18,000 on Instagram, too.

Beckie-Ann Galentine, aka "My Bloody Galentine" on TikTok, visits the grave of reputed vampire Mercy Brown at Chestnut Hill cemetery in Exeter.

More:RI local and star of ‘Ghost Hunters’ + ‘Kindred Spirits’ on her search for the paranormal

A native of Starford, in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, the 30-year-old got into ghost hunting almost by accident.

“I first went ghost hunting as a joke,” she said.

She, her brother and her then-boyfriend checked out a cemetery in Indiana County around Halloween in 2009, while she was in college.

Things didn’t go as planned. Like, nothing was happening.

“We got frustrated within 20 minutes,” she said.

They switched off their flashlights and prepared to depart.

More:Sanderson Sisters coming to RI. Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2 set to film in Rhode Island

Just then, “I saw something bright and blue going into the top of two trees,” said Galentine. “It was literally a ball of light.”

It floated down, between her and her boyfriend, and then into the ground.

And she thinks she can explain what it was. Her family suffered a tragedy near the cemetery. “I think it was my relative saying hello.”

Since then, she has traveled throughout Pennsylvania and New England — she now lives in West Hartford, Connecticut — documenting spooky places for her streaming audience.

Here are several sites she recommends in Rhode Island:

Spend the night as an “investigator” in the reputed haunted house in Burrillville that inspired the movie “The Conjuring” — for a price.

Our generation Amityville: The Conjuring house

“This is like our generation’s Amityville story,” said Galentine.

Paranormal occurrences there when the Perron family lived in the Burrillville farmhouse in the 1970s form the basis of the movie “The Conjuring,” which spawned a series focused on the exploits of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The house is now marketed under the name the Farm on Round Top Road, and its owners, Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, invite paying guests to stay for overnight “investigtions.”

Galentine has spent a night and reported some spooky happenings, including doors that opened by themselves.

For information on visiting the house, located at 1677 Round Top Rd., check out theconjuringhouse.com.

Galentine has done not one TikTok about the Conjuring house, but two TikToks on the subject.

Beckie-Ann Galentine looks over the crypt that originally held the body of Mercy Brown after she died in 1892.

Rhode Island’s Vampire: Visiting Mercy Brown’s grave

The website onlyinyourstate.com called it “the number one creepiest place for goosebumps and chills that linger” and Rhode Island Monthly dubbed it “the best known haunted place in Rhode Island.”

But Galentine said, “I didn’t get a super spooky vibe from the place.” (Of course, bear in mind that in her day job she’s a mortician, so cemeteries are just part of her office.)

Galentine said the reason Mercy Brown’s grave makes so many lists of haunted places in Rhode Island is the story of what happened to Mercy’s body before it was laid to rest for eternity.

Mercy died of tuberculosis at age 19 on Jan. 17, 1892, during “the great New England Vampire Panic.” As more members of her family succumbed to the disease, they thought the family was cursed. When Mercy’s body was exhumed — Galentine said it had been stored in a burial vault that’s still on the premises — she was found to be remarkably preserved and had liquid blood in her heart.