Everyone’s heard of it. The Conjuring. It was said to be
one of the scariest horror movies ever made and
has become one of the highest grossing horror franchises.
Oh and this past November I spent 11 hours in the house that
inspired it all. I went there alone and joined about 15 other
people to try and find the ghosts of the Conjuring House and
boy did we find them. I felt things, heard things, and saw
things that I still cannot explain so it was a crazy and terrifying
night to say the least! Read all about my experience below!
The Conjuring House Facts
So before I get into my experience there are a
couple of things I want to address.
First, this house is not the same house you see in the movie. It is
the real house that inspired it, but it is not the one they filmed in.
So when you look at the pictures I took the layout is going to
look completely different than what you expect based on the movie.
Secondly, the home was owned by the Perron family and
while they lived there is when the activity seen in the Conjuring
movie occurred. (However much of it had to be toned down for
the film because they didn’t want the film to have an R rating.
Unfortunately, even their toned down version couldn’t escape
the rating. Andrea Perron talks about this and more in her
interview which can be found here) You can
also read the first hand account of what happened
in that house in the book “House of Darkness, House of Light” by Andrea
Perron one of the young girls who lived in the house.
Thirdly, there was no witch/demon named Bathsheba that possessed
the mom to kill the kids. There was a Bathsheba Sherman who lived
nearby the home in the 1800s however she was simply an ordinary woman.
Also, Catherine Perron, never tried to
murder her children. However, it was believed on multiple
occasions that she was possessed and that the demon
in the house was focused primarily on her hence why
the family eventually left the home.
Finally, the home has seen it’s fair share of battles but no
violent deaths have actually been reported inside of the home.
Now on to my experience!
Before I headed over to the house I checked into a
hotel, The Best Western in Milford, Massachusetts, where
I ate my “last meal” of KFC (you know…just in case lol) and
signed my life away on the Ghost Hunts USA waiver.
Then, as night slowly began to creep in, it was time for me
to make the 30 minute drive to the infamous clapboard farm
house on Round Top Road in Rhode Island.
Halfway through the drive the road changed from straight
and under the bright city lights to curvy with tall trees looming on
either side. The amount of cars dwindled until I was left on
the wooded road alone with the darkness pressing in from
all sides. The night was already setting the mood.
Finally I arrived at the house and was met by a gate topped with
barbed wire and multiple “No Trespassing” signs.
I parked my car in a grass lot a little ways from the house, grabbed
everything I figured I would need for the night including a
flashlight, my voice recorder, phone, gloves, and debit card, and
set out alone into the cold, dark night down a creepy dirt lane towards the house.
After speed walking up the lane I arrived at the house.
Meeting the Owners
The event began with us all gathered in the living room where
we met the owners of the home, Cory and Jennifer.
They bought the property back in 2019 and, ready for
this, they actually live there in a small wing of the house
with their 2 huge German Shepherds and little old Chihuahua.
I seriously don’t know how anyone could
even think about sleeping in that house, but Cory is
an ex-marine/paranormal investigator and Jennifer grew up
in a haunted house in Maine so I suppose if anyone could handle
the antics of the spirits in the house it would be them! Both
said they haven’t felt anything evil in the house since
they have been there just that it is very busy
with many spirits and things happening which I experienced
first hand in just the 11 hours that I was there.
After spending some time talking with Cory and Jennifer
we were given time to peruse their gift shop where you
can buy shirts and well water from the actual well in the
basement (I don’t know who in their right mind would want
to take well water back with them! Talk about
inviting stuff home with you…)
We all gathered in the living room again and sat in a large circle.
The lights were shut off one by one until we were left sitting
engulfed in darkness. As we sat there one of the investigators
from Ghost Hunts USA, Livv, brought out a mag light flashlight.
She turned the head of the flashlight to where if the flashlight
was tapped it would shut off/turn on and she then set the
flashlight in the middle of the floor. She stomped on the ground
around it to show us that that alone wouldn’t set
off the flashlight and then asked a
couple of yes and no questions to see if there were any
spirits in the room with us as well as to demonstrate how the
flashlight worked as a communication tool. Then we began our introductions.
When it came my time to introduce myself I told everyone
my name, and answered the investigators prompts saying
that growing up in a haunted house is what initially got me
interested into the paranormal and that a combination of
the fact that the Conjuring movies are my favorite horror
movies and that my blog readers requested this excursion is
what brought me to the house. I also added in that I was
excited to be there, but also terrified, which was
certainly not what I should have said. After stating I was a little
terrified Livv immediately was like, “okay so we know who
to isolate tonight. Spirits, do you want us to isolate Amy
tonight?” I sat there staring at the flashlight praying that
it wouldn’t turn on. However, the ghosts had other plans for
me and the flashlight lit up nice and bright without hesitation. “Well looks like you
will be isolating tonight,” said Livv and I let out my first whimper. Lol
After the introductions Livv opened the floor up to all of
us and allowed us to ask the spirits yes or no questions
using the flashlight as a communication tool. You can hear a small session here:
And then came the moment I was hoping wouldn’t come.
Livv asked the spirits if they were ready for someone to be
isolated. You can listen to that session here:
We continued with our yes and no questions with me sitting
on the very edge of the bottom step with my back to the
dark old wooden staircase. Then Livv
and Brittany (the other investigator) decided it was time to
take things up a notch and sent me upstairs away from the group.
You can listen to the audio where they tell me to go upstairs here:
I could hear every creak in the stairs as I made my
way up and then plopped myself down into the circle chair, which
I have to admit was extremely comfy, as Brittany instructed. With my back straight and
body tucked together trying to make myself as small of a target
as possible I stared out into the dark bedroom listening
to the quiet. Every creak or sound of a car made
me twitch and as I continued to stare into the darkness I
began to see places where the darkness would become even
darker. It was as if someone in the middle bedroom walked into
my line of sight and then moved back. Or more accurately
crouched right next to the bed and then moved away. Now
whether this experience was actually
a shadow figure or simply a trick my eyes thought would be
fun to play on me I am not sure, but it definitely wasn’t
something I appreciated in the moment.
You can listen to the recap from Brittany and I’s time upstairs here:
Back Upstairs I Go
After that whole experience we took a
small break and then it was time for everyone to head
upstairs. We were separated out into five different
spaces; the first bedroom where I sat with Brittany
the birthing room which is like a closet inside of the first
bedroom, the middle room where I thought I saw the
the closet in the middle room
and finally the back bedroom.
I was placed in the middle room where there is said to
be a LOT of activity annnd where I saw the shadow… Yay.
In that first bedroom Livv set up another instrument, a music
box that only plays when a spirit touches it.
It wasn’t long after setting up the music box that we began interacting with a ghost.
In this audio you can hear Livv, who was holding a thermal
camera, talking about the temperature difference between the
room and the area by the stairwell where the music box was
sitting indicating the possibility of a spirit. You can also
hear the music box go off in response to Livv’s questions.
We were able to interact with this spirit for quite sometime
and once we established we were in fact talking with a
child (big NOPE to that…as I mentioned in my Lizzie Borden article I’m
not a huge fan of living children let alone ghost ones) Livv tried
to figure out how old the child was. You can listen to her asking here:
After finding out the age we brought out some more cars
for the child to play with, Livv played some music for the
spirit (ELVIS! Who can resist the King?! I know not me lil mama lol), and
I moved into the room with the music box for a better view of everything.
Yes. I moved closer to the ghost to get y’all photos and evidence…ya welcome. lol
However, the music box stopped making noise not long after
I entered the room and instead
a palpable silence fell upon us and you could feel the
whole energy shift. We were no longer in the presence
of the child, but something else. (And it was at that moment
where one of the group member’s jokes about me being the
spirit the whole time really started to seem accurate. lol)
Here is the audio narrating that energy shift:
The EVP session Livv mentions during the above recording didn’t come up
with anything in my opinion, but Livv and Brittany think they
heard someone reply to a question with “An-Drew.” Take a
listen and let me know if you hear anything.
Not long after the EVP session we all felt the energy in
the room shift again and we believed the child had returned.
We finished our upstairs session by telling the child thank you
for talking with us and then it was time for us
to split up. Half of the group remained upstairs and the
other half (which included me) went into the library where
the doors open by themselves and Father John is said to make
it very clear that he does not like visitors. This was the only time I ever found
myself not wanting to go into a library.
We sat in the library without talking the only noises the sound
of our breathing as strained our ears to hear anything, anything at all.
Then, the noises began. It started small… a few creaks here
and there easily explained as an old farm house settling.
However, the longer we sat in the room the louder and more
frequent the creaks became until we heard, right next
to me, the very obvious sound of someone moving. It
sounded as though someone was shifting their weight as
they scanned the books on the bookshelf and not but a few
seconds after I heard the noise I felt a chill come over my body
along with the overwhelming feeling of someone standing
right next to me followed by someone blowing air into
my right ear almost like a sigh. You can hear all this in the audio below:
The creaking continued as whatever was standing next to me
continued to look for a book (like bro go be indecisive anywhere
else but there please) and then the people who were
sitting by the doors began to hear noises as well. Footsteps
in fact. Footsteps right outside of the library doors. Footsteps that
were most definitely not being made by the people in the room above us.
Although Livv and a few others in the library were wishing for
it, thankfully nothing decided to open the doors to the library
and not long after hearing the footsteps we decided to call it
quits and everyone regrouped back downstairs in the kitchen
My reprieve from the ghosts was short lived
as it was then time to make our way down into the cold, dark, unfinished
basement complete with spiderwebs and snake skins hanging
from the ceiling.
We all stood together in the well room while Livv asked
the spirits to make themselves known to us.
Well, almost all of us. One of the people in our group
VOLUNTEERED to go and stand by himself at the other
end of the basement. Yeah…volunteered. To stand
100% by himself in the creepy a** unfinished basement
where the crooked neck lady likes to hang out. I think that
man needs help. lol However, I will say that once we were
done with our session he was pretty happy to rejoin the
group after what he experienced. He regaled us with tales
of voices and footsteps and said he definitely did
not feel alone or welcome where
he was at. No thank you to all that.
Our group on the other hand had our own experiences. We
all heard footsteps in different areas of the basement, but
the most prominent for us were a set of footsteps on the wooden staircase
right outside the room. I kid you not it sounded like someone
was coming down the stairs from the kitchen, came around
the bend in the staircase, saw all the people and just froze.
Every now again we would hear one of the steps toward the bottom
creak as if someone was still standing there watching us and
waiting for us to leave. Then, they apparently gave up and
we heard the steps retreat back
The only other thing I personally experienced while I was
down there happened right as we were getting ready to
go upstairs. People were talking and I swear to you
I heard clear as day a man yell. I have no idea what he
said, but he was yelling something at someone. I stopped
dead where I was and I turned looking around the room
when I saw Livv had stopped as well. She said “Did anyone
else hear that?” and I was like “Umm I did.” She asked me
what I thought I heard and I said it sounded like a man yelling.
She confirmed that is what she heard as well. At least I’m
not going crazy and hearing things….this time. lol Oh was
I ready to get out of that basement. lol
We had two more sessions together as a group where we
tried out scrying by sending someone into the basement alone
with a spirit box to see if the spirits would tell them the answers
to questions we asked upstairs. Unfortunately we didn’t have
much luck there so then it was time for us to make our way
outside to check out the huge yard and look toward the star studded night sky (there
had been a LOT of UFO activity reported in the area recently). Going
outside also allowed us all to get a closer look at the stone retention
wall where there are said to be 7 soldiers buried inside.
The Story of the Wall
Back in the day the land
this house sits on was involved in many battles including one that was bloodier
than Gettysburg. While the Perron family was living here
one of the daughters mentioned how the spirits told her there
were 7 soldiers buried in the walls. Since the walls of the house
are too thin to hold bodies it is believed the spirit meant the
soldiers are buried in this stone wall out back. This honestly
isn’t a very hard notion to get behind as there have already
been multiple bodies found in the yard itself. You can find the
bodies by looking for these little green flags.
On Our Own
After our time outside in the absolute freezing cold
darkness, we went back inside where Livv and Brittany
let us all run wild. We checked out whatever equipment
we wanted and then chose different areas of the house to
conduct our own sessions in. As I mentioned I joined Sam’s
group that she came to the house with and we ventured all throughout
the house from the basement to the bedrooms to the library.
We checked out this tablet which had an app that used frequencies
the ghosts could manipulate and use to speak to us. For
our sessions we had one person put the headphones on and relay the responses
while everyone else asked questions.
After having the headphones on myself at one point I can
attest that you can’t hear anything everyone else in the room
is saying so you wouldn’t be able to craft responses to the questions yourself.
Heads up before listening to this audio…the F-word is
said in it. This is from one of our basement sessions.
This one is from our time in the library:
These final audio recordings are my favorite from the
entire night. I feel like these are the ones that document best
the conversations we had with the spirits including one
where a spirit addressed both Sam and I directly.
We stopped doing our sessions around 5am and sat at the
dining table with Livv and Brittany and some of the other
people in the group. I was sitting facing a window and thought
that my experiences were over for the night, however, as I was
looking out the window I saw a woman pass by. A woman in white.
A woman in white who has said to be seen on the property. *shudders*
I just decided to close my eyes after that. lol
We sat at the table talking until about 7am when the sun began
to cast it’s glow on the house and then I walked out to my
car with Sam and her mom. I have to admit that in those early
morning hours with the sun just barely peaking over the ridge and
the grass wet with dew the house itself looked almost peaceful.
I stared at it as I left almost forgetting all I had experienced the night
before. It was as though I could see it as just the Old Arnold estate
(the real name of the house) and not the Conjuring house made
famous for it’s spiritual activity.
Since getting back from my trip I haven’t noticed any
changes in my personality or strange things happening
in my home so I think it is safe to say I am not possessed and
I left all inhabitants of the Conjuring house at the old
clapboard farmhouse on Round Top Road.
Would you do a ghost hunt at the Conjuring House?