The real Conjuring House, which is the real-life location of “The Harrisville Hauntings,” was built in 1736 and originally sat on 200 acres of farm land. The 14-room structure is a farmhouse and is often referred to as the “Old Brook Farm” or “Old Arnold Estate.” The Conjuring was based on the true story of the haunting of the Perron family who lived at the farmhouse for 10 years during the 70s.
The Old Arnold Estate
The Old Arnold Estate was owned by the Arnold family through eight generations of their family. During that time, the family endured many tragedies over the years and many of their ghosts are said to still haunt the property.
Deaths at the Estate
Many hardships befell the Arnold family and several deaths are reported to have happened on these many acres.
- John Arnold’s wife is alleged to have hanged herself in the Arnold Barn at the age of 93.
- John Arnold was said to have hanged himself in the attic in the 1700s.
- 11 year old Prudence Arnold was tragically murdered on the property and the crime went unsolved.
- 2 people drowned in the creek on the property.
- It is also said that 4 men were found frozen to death on the haunted property.
- Bathsheba Sherman is said to have hanged herself on the property. Her spirit is known to be malevolent and spiteful.
Many studies, stories, and allegations have come of the hauntings at the Conjuring House. Most notable is the story of Bathsheba Sherman who is rumored to have practiced witchcraft, is described as an evil woman who beat farm workers and was responsible for deaths of several children who were under her watch. Unconvicted of her crimes, it is said that she hung herself on the property in a deal with the Devil.
Evil Spirits of the Conjuring House
While there are many reportings of paranormal activity at the Conjuring House, not all were reported as ill-spirited. There were nice spirits that smelled of flowers that kissed the kids goodnight, as well as a young boy that would push cars around the room. “Manny” is said to be the ghost of Johnny Arnold who the young children loved. Then, the Perron’s also tell of the spirit of Bathsheba as one of the worst of the entities. Some ghosts, or maybe demons, would pull the kids hair and legs at night. Others would make the entire house shake with their banging. Even then, there is a spirit the Perron’s won’t even speak about. They say very little to this day about this unmentionable ghost. It’s said that this male spirit was the vilest of them all and it was so wicked they remain quiet to even mention it.
A look into the story of the Conjuring
Current Owners of the Conjuring House
The current owner of the Conjuring house is is Norma Sutcliffe. She and her guests have been rumored to have paranormal experiences at the old farmhouse. From walls shaking to orb sightings. They’ve even seen an apparition of an elderly woman dressed in white gliding through the home, but nothing near the wickedness that the Perron family saw.
Current Owners ask for 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 Sutfliffes should be afforded their well deserved peace. We stress individuals to mind the Sutfliffes’ privacy out of respect for the law and their livelihood.