Chestnut Hill Cemetery

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At Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, aka Historical Cemetery #22, a legend is told about a vampire named Mercy Lena Brown. Her father, George T. Brown, his wife Mary and their five children lived on a small farm. The family had some bad luck: Mary passed away of consumption in 1883, at age 36. Then the oldest daughter Mary Olive died six months later. After son Edwin became ill and left for Colorado Springs, another daughter, Mercy Lena, died in 1892 at age 19. Since it was winter and the ground was frozen, Mercy Lena’s body was set inside a crypt near the rest of her family at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Locals became concerned about all the deaths, and thought perhaps one of the dead was coming back to claim the living family members. Worried that this may be true, George arranged for the bodies to be exhumed. Most were in decay, but Mercy’s was found shifted and fresh. So her heart was cut out, and it dripped with fresh blood. It was burned atop a stone wall in the cemetery. Some of the ashes were given in a potion to sickly Edwin, who had returned, but he died two months later. Reports say that when “Dracula” author Bram Stoker passed away in 1897, newspaper stories about Mercy Brown were found in his possessions. Author H.P. Lovecraft, who lived in Providence, also mentioned Mercy in his short story “The Shunned House.”

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467 10 Rod Road
Exeter, RI
United States

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41.58193943858958, -71.55830588930257
Washington County, Rhode Island
Nearest Towns:
Exeter, RI (1.1 mi.)
North Kingstown, RI (5.2 mi.)
West Greenwich, RI (6.5 mi.)
Kingston, RI (7.3 mi.)
East Greenwich, RI (7.6 mi.)
West Warwick, RI (8.2 mi.)
Wyoming, RI (8.7 mi.)
Hope Valley, RI (9.6 mi.)
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI (9.9 mi.)
Carolina, RI (10.2 mi.)


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  1. My twins teacher told her about the grave and the story,he gave her the directions and we went to the graveyard, my friend, my twin sister and I were at the grave yard looking for the stone at night around 7ish and we got really scared because we felt as if someone or something was watching us and I got pushed and almost fell as if someone pushed me hard but no one was around me, I was by my self at the-time while my friend and twin kept looking.I got really freaked out. I do believe in ghost and spirits and some ghost/spirits are just not ready to move on. My twin came screaming running because she was behind the big tree she said she felt really sketched out. My twin and I have never felt like this because we go to graveyards all the time even at night. My friend said ” this doesn’t feel right,we should leave”. So we left.

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