Ghost Adventures: Curse of the Harrisville Farmhouse
The crew investigates an iconic paranormal site in Rhode Island for an unforgettable Halloween special. Don’t miss the 2-hour investigation Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9|8c.
Welcome to Harrisville, Rhode Island
The Ghost Adventures crew visits Harrisville, Rhode Island, to re-open one of the most iconic paranormal cases ever: The Perron family haunting.
The 300-year-old, secluded farmhouse once housed Roger and Carolyn Perron along with their five daughters. While they lived on the property, the family was plagued by a dark, malevolent force. The family reported hearing footsteps, seeing a great black mass and other petrifying encounters. The haunting intensified to the point where the family decided to call in paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
A Family in Crisis
While the entire family seemed to be experiencing the activity, one family member was especially vulnerable to the ongoing terror — the matriarch, Carolyn.
Ed and Lorraine Warren conducted a séance at the home in 1973. During the séance, Carolyn went into convulsions; her chair levitated and she was thrown across the room. Following that disturbing scene, Roger kicked the Warrens out of the house and they were not allowed back.
From Real Life to Hollywood
The story of the Perrons and their cursed home would go on to inspire The Conjuring films, a 2013 supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes; starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
Searching for Answers
Paranormal investigators and demonologists Keith and Carl Johnson looked into the Perron case before the Warrens arrived to investigate. They are on-hand to help Zak Bagans and the team with their investigation into the farmhouse. Keith and Carl never had the chance to finish their investigation, so this gives them an opportunity to close this chapter, and hopefully get some answers.
The current owners, Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, report seeing the same black mass the Perrons witnessed almost 50 years ago. Their son, Kyler, was especially frightened of a sighting, and wouldn’t return to the home for several weeks out of fear.
A Cursed Home?
Built in 1736, the Arnolds were the original owners of the house, before the Perron family. The house was passed down through generations of the Arnold family that suffered countless tragedies through the years: In 1848, Sally Arnold died from typhus, along with two of her children. And Susan Arnold hanged herself from a wardrobe hook. There were a handful of other deaths and suicides throughout the years. What caused this family to endure devastating blow after devastating blow? Is the house cursed? Or possibly the surrounding grounds?
Death surrounds this house inside and out. The barn on the property is where the Arnold’s neighbor, Jarvis Smith, froze to death following an alcoholic binge in 1901.
Inside the House
Not only have these old walls stood the test of time, but so has a dark entity that’s been lurking on these grounds since possibly before the house was built.
Digging Into History
The estate sits on land that was granted by Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. According to Roger Perron, the house once featured special windows in the upstairs that allowed people inside to fire rifles at raiding Native American tribes. Forty years after the home was built, it's believed that those same windows could have been used to defend the residents against the British.
Last to Believe
Roger Perron would often feel an unseen hand rubbing his back. He felt this could have been the spirit of Mrs. Arnold. Roger was the last in his family to be convinced his house was haunted.
When the Perron family moved in, the last, ominous thing the previous owner told Roger was, “For the sake of your family, leave the lights on at night.”
The Ghost Adventures crew are on a mission to piece together this case from the beginning and separate fact from fiction. Are you ready to investigate the Harrisville Farmhouse? Don’t miss this very special lockdown, premiering on Saturday, October 31 at 9|8c.
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