New Owners Intend to Open 'The Conjuring' House to Public Aug 27, 2019 20:31:25 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Aug 27, 2019 20:31:25 GMT -5
New Owners Intend to Open The Conjuring House to the Public
Cory Heinzen and his wife Jennifer of Mexico, Maine, were excited when they learned the 1836 farmhouse in the quiet village of Harrisville, Rhode Island, the location of the allegedly true story of the haunting of the Perron family, was for sale. “We immediately fell in love with it,” Heinzen told the Lewiston Sun-Journal last month. “Eight-and-a-half acres, a river in the back and a pond. It’s so serene down there. Never mind the story behind the house.”
The Heinzens, who are paranormal enthusiasts, paid $439,000 for the house at 1677 Round Top Road and became the official owners in late June. They hope to restore the structure and open it to others with an interest in the paranormal. “All these people that just love the paranormal, they just wanted a peek at it,” Heinzen explained. “So why not give them a peek of it and let them come in and experience for themselves?”
But the process has been anything but easy. “I’ve had a hard time staying there by myself,” Heinzen admits. “Footsteps, knocks ... we’ve had lights flashing in rooms, and when I say lights flashing in rooms, it’s rooms that don’t have light in there to begin with.”
The couple said they don’t feel the presence is evil, but that it is similar to testimony from members of the Perron family, who claimed their haunting began with innocent, but unexplainable, incidents in the home.
Roger Perron, his wife Carolyn and their five daughters moved into the old farmhouse in 1971 and immediately noticed strange occurrences, including, but not limited to, missing objects and odd noises.
Mrs. Perron researched the history of the home and learned a woman named Bathsheba Sherman, a resident in the 19th century, was rumored to have been a witch. Born Bathsheba Thayer in 1812, she married Judson Sherman, a farmer, in 1844. At the age of 37, she gave birth to a son, Herbert, but according to local lore, she had given birth to several other children, all of whom died by the time they were 7-years-old. The witchcraft allegations arose after an infant in Mrs. Sherman’s care died and it was discovered a large sewing needle had been forced into the child’s skull. It was rumored she killed the baby as an offering to Satan. There are no extant records supporting these allegations, but according to Andrea Perron, a local historian passed along the stories to her mother. Bathsheba died in 1885 at age 73 and she is buried in the Harrisville Cemetery, where an impressive tombstone marks her grave.
Two years after they moved into the house, Carolyn Perron contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known paranormal investigators and demonologists from Connecticut, to look into what she and her family were experiencing. This was the basis for the movie The Conjuring.
“It’s magical,” said Andrea Perron, who wrote House of Darkness, House of Light about her family’s experiences while they lived in the home. “It’s a portal cleverly disguised as a farmhouse,” she continued. “It’s multiple dimensions, interacting simultaneously.”
The family moved out of the residence in 1980 and it was purchased by Norma Sutcliffe, who eventually sued Warner Bros. in 2015, claiming the movie encouraged trespassers to trespass on her property, the New York Post reported.
The Heinzens are still renovating their home, which Heinzen calls “a piece of paranormal history.” In the meantime, they have set up 12 cameras throughout the house for “research” purposes. “Sometimes we catch it on camera and sometimes we don’t,” Heinzen added.
The Conjuring centers around Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson (above). In the film, they come to the aid of the Perron family who are left traumatized by the strange things happening in their home. The culprit turns out to be a witch who cursed the house in 1863.
Sources: Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, August 27, 2019; Tom Skinner, NME, July 16, 2019; R.J. Heim, WJAR, June 26, 2019; Jack Wilhelm, ScreenRant, December 30, 2019; The New York Post; Find-a-Grave; and Trulia.