In December of 1970, the Perron Family of northwestern Rhode Island was in dire need of a home for their growing family. Roger and Carolyn Perron, together with their five young daughters, found a perfect and quite overly spacious ten-bedroom farm-style house situated in the village of Harrisville that is found within the town of Burrillville. Carolyn refused to move at Christmas and wanted to wait until the first week of January 1971 to move the family so that their new year could start with a new home. Everything seemed so picturesque to the Perrons at that moment that it would be hard to imagine years later when eldest daughter Andrea would be asked just how soon after moving in did the paranormal activity start? Her answer would be chilling in its simplicity, “about five minutes.”
The Real House From The Conjuring Movie
Moving day for the Perrons came during a terrible snowstorm in which there was a flurry of snowflakes and tightly packed boxes in constant motion. Amongst the commotion, former owner, a Mr. Kenyon, was moving the last of his belongings out of the house as another stiff-looking gentleman observed him. Daughter Andrea was tasked to taking a box to her mother in the kitchen, only to ask who the man was behind Mr. Kenyon. Carolyn sweetly informed her daughter that nobody was there in the immediate area with Mr. Kenyon and she was imagining things. Her other siblings, Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April followed suit into the kitchen with boxes and pale expressions on their faces. When asked why they all looked troubled, they meekly offered up that, “the man in the living room with Mr. Kenyon just disappeared!”
As if a daytime paranormal activity wasn’t enough, the children began experiencing phenomena at night. Chief among the most terrifying occurred with one of the littlest girls, Cindy. Within the first week, she was awoken to the sound of whispers all over her bedroom. Alone in the dark, she bolted down the hall to her sister Andrea’s room and asked if she could stay in there. When asked what was happening, Cindy explained that there were people whispering all over her room and that she got scared. Feeling safe with Andrea she confided that all whispering voices said the exact same thing, “that there are seven dead soldiers buried in the walls!”
Roger and Carolyn were also becoming slowly exposed to the increasing paranormal activity within the home. Carolyn herself had become, if anything, subject to a more playful form of activity involving a broom. While tidying up any room adjacent to the kitchen, she would often hear the strong sweeping sound of broom bristles against the tile kitchen floor. She would check the kitchen and find nobody there, just the broom leaning against the wall. Carolyn would disappear only moments later to hear the sound again and check, only the broom would be on the other side of the kitchen! Roger noticed the uptick in chatter among his daughters about the spirits they saw in the house, warranting a deeper look into the past of the house.
The house was initially constructed all the way back in 1736, predating the Revolutionary War by forty years, making it a true Colonial-era home. Owned by eight generations of an extended family over many decades, light history into the home revealed no sinister occult practices or deaths. The Perrons naturally reached a breaking point and in 1973, husband and wife paranormal investigator duo Ed and Lorraine Warren were brought in to help. Lorraine was a self-professed clairvoyant who is reported to have picked up on the name “Bathsheba” in connection with the supernatural activity.
Bathsheba Sherman was a local area woman, who despite never living on the property, had developed an ominous reputation during the mid-1800s. Her baby had been found dead with a sewing needle jammed into the base of its skull. The ritualistic overtone and morbidity of the infanticide had her thoroughly questioned by law enforcement but was never charged with the crime. Needless to say in this small hamlet, the association with her child seemed to have unfairly tainted her name. The true reason behind the infant’s death was never discovered, needless to say, this name kept appearing to Lorraine in her clairvoyance. Added to this scenario was the twisted demonic appearance of an entity in the form of a woman in blackened clothing, with a foul smell, sharp jagged teeth, and her head cruelly twisted off to the side of her neck that had appeared with frequency to the Perron children.
Some paranormal theorists long believed that Bathsheba Sherman was responsible for the activity on the Perron Family property and was the ghastly figure that the children kept seeing. However, there was never a formal connection at any time tying Bathsheba to the historical Arnold Farm, as it was long called. Ed and Lorraine Warren were able to secure a Catholic priest to come and formally bless the house and Carolyn in particular. She had taken to wearing vintage turn of the century dresses, and using archaic language. The Warrens believed her not to be possessed but rather oppressed which is a smaller demonic foothold that can lead to possession. It involves emotionally wrecking a person coupled with slight physical disturbances in an effort to funnel them into possession. However, the blessing was for naught as it had quickly turned into a seance in which religious provocation was used to bring out whatever demonic entity lurked in the home so it could then be vanquished from the physical world and sent back to an abyss in Hell.
This seance was performed in the dining room with Carolyn present, before long a spiritual doorway was opened up and whatever entity came through had evil intentions. It had set its sights on Carolyn in particular, and soon she was possessed briefly for a few minutes speaking in an unidentified language as her eyes maliciously rolled around. Without warning her body began to levitate inches off the ground before bending in half and being thrown an estimated twenty feet away into the adjacent parlor. When she was tended, whatever possessed her briefly left, setting its sights on the spirits in the home. The Perron daughters often mentioned the spirits they’d seen and heard speak, but the powerful entity that came through in the seance actually subdued the spirits in the Perron home.
Evil Spirits of the Conjuring House
After the seance, nearly a year passed without any activity inside the home. Then late one evening eldest daughter Andrea found her mother rambling in the parlor area, confessing an unbelievable sight. Carolyn had walked into the dining room to see a large family in late 18th Century clothing seated around the dining room table eating. Their spirits bristled and ate without any odd behavior until a man seated at the table turned his gaze to Carolyn, and nudged the people at the table pointing to her. Their faces expressed total shock and before long they faded away. One of the most unknown aspects of this now modern haunting had been revealed to Carolyn; that their home stood trapped on top of some sort of supernatural portal. She realized that she appeared as a spirit to the family she saw, and their presence was vice versa. With that unexpected knowledge, Carolyn began slowly to piece her and her family’s life back together.
People have always wondered, but financial limits are what kept the Perron Family inside the home for nearly ten years before they found the funds to move away to a new farmhouse in Georgia. Close to a year after moving, Lorraine Warren contacted Carolyn Perron about the possibility of telling her full story in a book so as to warn others about the dangers of paranormal activity in a home. Carolyn demurred and insisted that she and her family had moved past this and were starting over, but promised to discuss the issue with her husband and told Lorraine to call her back the next day.
Carolyn then went to do the family’s laundry, when suddenly the laundry room door became unhinged and fell and hit her from behind. She was diagnosed with having not only a concussion but a dislocated shoulder as well. When Lorraine made good on her promise and called Carolyn the next day, she was informed that the Perrons would not be telling their story. To Carolyn, she was fearful that reminiscing about the experience on the farm would somehow bring about the vicious paranormal activity that they had worked so hard to escape. In 2007, it was eldest daughter Andrea who felt that the world itself had been matured and become savvy enough to handle stories about paranormal experiences. Along with occasional input from her mother, she wrote a trilogy of books based on experiences inside the home.
Roger and Carolyn eventually separated with each living in different states while the daughters all grew up to lead successful and independent lives. As for the home? It has exchanged ownership over the years and recently was purchased by an area couple who hosted Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans to a long summer stay. Bagans was compelled to leave the home after feeling, “like something was drawing the life out of me….my body wasn’t functioning right and it took three weeks to recover.” Demonic entity? Ghosts lingering inside a spiritual ethereal plane? Time portal property with ties to a supernatural force? One thing is for certain, the Conjuring House has officially been added to American haunted house lore joining the ranks of Amityville, the Haunting in Connecticut, and Entity House as classic examples of domestic hauntings.
Where is the Real Conjuring House?
The house and property that The Conjuring movie was based on are located at 1677 Round Top Road in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The house sits on The Old Brook Farm which was originally part of a 200-acre farm.
Respect Current Owners Privacy
With the fame and success of the Conjuring film, we should remind everyone to respect the owners’ privacy. Several trespassers have been reported and the occupants, both of this world and in-between, should be afforded their well-deserved peace. We stress individuals to mind the Heinzen’s privacy out of respect for the law and their livelihood.