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
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- Washington County, Rhode Island
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