A farmhouse in Rhode Island which is notorious for inspiring the 2013 horror movie The Conjuring hit the market Thursday for an asking price of $1.2 million, a total that comes with over 8 acres of surrounding land and—according to former owners—a host of ghostly living residents.
The 14-room farmhouse in Burrillville, Rhode Island, a small town northwest of Providence, has three bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, multiple living rooms, and a library.
The house’s two most winning selling points are its unusual place in a niche cultural history, said sales associate Ben Guglielmi of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International, as well as the potential for investors to profit on the property’s reputation with business enterprises like current owners Jenn and Cory Heinzen, have done.
The Heinzens are paranormal investigators and rent out the house to people interested in feeling paranormal hauntings—bookings for the home are packed through the end of 2022, according to their website.
History of the house:
The house was constructed in 1736 in the Cape Cod style, but didn’t achieve popularity until after Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters said they observed ghostly happenings in the nine years they were living in the house from 1971, including the smell of rotting flesh and something levitating their beds as they sleep on them. One of the girls was claimed to have been possessed by a ghost, eldest daughter Andrea Perron told USA Today in 2013. The Perron family asked for the help of well-known demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who said the house was possessed by the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman, a woman buried at nearby Harrisville Cemetery and who, according to local folklore, was a witch who lived in the house. A movie version of Sherman served as the main antagonist in The Conjuring. The Heinzens recognize that the homestead is haunted and it has spirits living in it, they told the Wall Street Journal, but think the lingering spirits are related to local battles between Native Americans and English migrants at the time of King Philip’s War in the 1670s.