Only two years after its last purchase, the Rhode Island house profiled in the Conjuring movies, which is claimed to be haunted, is once again on the market. This could be your chance to open a lucrative ghost hunting hotel!
The Rhode Island farmhouse was built in 1736. The first owners of the home were the Arnold family, so the property was known as the Arnold Estate. But the terrifying tales and malevolent hunting the house is best known for occurred after Roger Perron and his wife Carolyn purchased the then-200-acre property and farmhouse in the winter of 1970.
Terrifying paranormal goings-on began to occur and started to take their toll. A decade later, the haunting happenings became too much to bear. The Perron family moved out in June 1980.
Legend has it that the property is cursed, and at least 10 deaths occurred there. Three deaths were of people who hanged themselves. One of those was Bathsheba Sherman, who is alleged to have made a deal with the devil and practiced witchcraft.
The film claims the house was haunted by those who lived in the area during the 1800s, Fox reports.
This week, the Conjuring house was listed for sale Thursday for $1.2 million, by Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. While the property itself is quite nice–if you like 285-year-old houses–it’s the mystique surrounding the hauntings that is the real selling point.
There’s also a burgeoning business opportunity for those that might want to use the property as a ghost hunting tourist destination, bed-and-breakfast, or perhaps a museum of the supernatural.
In fact, the current owners had used the property as an overnight hotel for ghost hunters and say the property is booked solid for overnight visits through 2022. Reportedly, an overnight stay isn’t for the faint of heart – some people have fled before sunrise. You can check it out at the Conjuring House website.
In 2011, Andrea Perron, who lived in the house as a child, wrote a book about her experiences. She self-published a book titled House of Darkness, House of Light, that served as the basis for The Conjuring films.
Additional information about the experience came from the paranormal investigators the family called upon to help them deal with the otherworldly activity occurring in the home. The investigators were Ed and Lorraine Warren, who also famously investigated the Amityville Horror house.
The film claims that the events depicted were based on actual occurrences.
The success of 2013 film naturally sparked public interest, drawing both ghost hunters and film buffs who wanted to see the now-famous property for themselves.
This became a nightmare of a different kind for the previous longtime owners of the property. In 2015, they filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. They sold the property in the summer of 2019.
Cory and Jennifer Heinzen, a couple from Mexico, Maine, were the next to purchase the home. They initially told the Sun Journal in July of 2019 that they “immediately fell in love with it.” They added they love the fact that it has “eight-and-a-half acres, a river in the back and a pond, it’s so serene down there.”
However, they said once they started living there, strange occurrences and weird happenings began to take place in the home.
“We had doors opening, footsteps and knocks,” said Cory, 40, a former US Marine. “I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself.”
But Cory adds that he’s not necessarily afraid. “I don’t have the feeling of anything evil, [but] it’s very busy. You can tell there’s a lot of things going on in the house.”