Haunted house that inspired “The Conjuring” is up for sale

The infamous farmhouse property has been described by the realtors as “one of the most well-known haunted houses in the United States”

Every so often an opportunity manifests itself to stake claim to an extraordinary piece of American cultural history. Last week The Blackstone Team at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International, put up a very spooky house for sale at a whooping price of $ 1.2 Million. The Arnold Estate, the Farm on Round Top Road or the Conjuring House, as it’s popularly known as, is the house that inspired the 2013 blockbuster horror movie “The Conjuring“. The infamous farmhouse property has been described by the realtors as “one of the most well-known haunted houses in the United States”.

The actual house at 1677 Round Top Rd, Burrillville, RI that is up for sale.

Records indicate the house, in Harrisville, Rhode Island, was built in Cape Cod style around 1736 and passed through several generations of a family that experienced sudden misfortunes, including suicides and unexplained deaths. The house rose to prominence when Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five young daughters (Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April) moved into the sprawling farmhouse in 1971. From day one the young girls claimed to have experienced strange occurrences, smells and sightings, including the smell of rotten flesh, levitation of their beds and demonic possession.

An old photograph of the Perron family at the farmhouse.

World famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in to investigate. They apparently found that the house was infested with beings from another world, the most powerful one being the tortured spirit of a witch named Bathsheba Sherman. According to folklore, Bathsheba murdered her one week old baby, stabbing the infant with a knitting needle. The Warrens performed a séance and a cleansing of the property. The Perron family finally moved out in the summer of 1980. The Conjuring (2013) plays out the mysterious events that transpired in the Perron household and the subsequent visits by the Warrens, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

The grave of Bathsheba Sherman. (Courtesy: Findagrave.com)

It’s current owners, Jenn and Cory Heinzen, are paranormal investigators and claim to have experienced strange phenomenon themselves. They rent out the property to people interested in experiencing and investigating paranormal activity. According to their website, booking for the house is full through the end of 2022. The Heinzens say that the notoriety of the property has helped them turn overnight guest bookings and group events at the house into “a steady successful business”. The 14-room farmhouse in Burrillville, Rhode Island, comprises three bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, multiple living rooms and a library.

The current occupants of the house, the Heinzen family. (Source: theconjuringhouse.com)

The listing for the 8.5 acre farmhouse by Rhode Island realtor Mott & Chace Sotheby’s states: “To this day, countless happenings have been reported. The chilling stories, incidents, and recollections of residents and visitors of the property have been told in dozens of media productions including books, movies, and television shows.”

The price may seem a bit on the steep side, however, it is a juicy slice out of American cultural history, and at the price of $ 1.2 Million it seems like it could well send a frisson of excitement down someone’s spine this Halloween, considering the deal includes ghosts and spirits for free.

Article (C) 2021 S. B. Ryder

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