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Guidebook to Haunted & Strange Places in Rhode Island and Surrounds

Guidebook to Haunted and Strange Places in Rhode Island by Charles Harrington

Put on comfortable shoes or boots to journey through 14 self-guided walking and biking tours of the strange and haunted locations across some lesser-known regions of Rhode Island. Tales of mythical monsters, ghosts, and spirits from a murder or two may greet you as you explore Providence, Newport, Jamestown, and surrounding areas. Meet fabled half-deer, half-goat “doat,” a demonic dog that has been scaring visitors for centuries, and ghosts that may be slightly more welcoming. Find out whether the Newport Tower is the true location of the lost Viking city of Norumbega, and visit the strange locations made famous by Rhode Island’s favorite son of horror fiction: H. P. Lovecraft. Nine maps will guide you along your route and historical backgrounds provide the backdrop for the supernatural. To date, no one taking these tours has died at the hands of a mysterious lurking creature, so you should be fine…

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Author’s Bio

Charles Harrington has been writing travel articles for over a decade, and continues to write about the oddities in New England. A graduate from Roger Williams University, he began teaching and writing, with articles published in Kansai Scene and Kansai Time Out.

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My Review

5 stars

Planning a trip to Rhode Island? Love haunting and odd places? This is the guidebook for you. We start with H.P. Lovecraft and twenty-seven areas around Providence. Next we proceed to Prudence Island, Newport, Jamestown, and four additional sites. All locations have a picture, a description of the site and the haunting story, and each section ends with a map of the area for you to locate each site.

When visiting Rhode Island, here is a collection of 49 sites to check out if you enjoy haunting and other mysterious locations. This guidebook is perfect to draw you in to the local history and leave you wanting to visit the real sites. I loved all the stories and think I may have to plan a trip to Rhode Island.

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I received Guidebook to Haunted and Strange Places in Rhode Island from Schiffer Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Paranormal Provincetown: Legends and Lore of the Outer Cape by Sam Baltrusis

Known as the spot where the Pilgrims first set foot on Cape Cod in 1620, it’s no surprise that Provincetown, Massachusetts, is a hotspot for tourists as well as hauntings including over twenty historic, crime, nightlife, overnight, secret, and Truro haunts. Take a stroll along Commercial Street where the historic Lancy mansion is allegedly haunted by an old woman who died in the late 1800s, but due to the frozen ground, she couldn’t be buried, so her son kept her propped up at an open window all winter long. Learn about the historic “Black Flash” of Provincetown a grim reaper-type beast that would snatch children away in the 1930s. From the historic maritime-themed buildings lining Commercial Street to the shores of the Provincetown Harbor, it is clear that there is hardly a corner of the tip of Cape Cod where the paranormal cannot be experienced.”

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My Review

5 stars

This is the place that English settlers first landed in America. That and a long list of events give the opportunity for hauntings. This book contains several locations that one could find on a visit to Provincetown while looking for ghosts. This book gives a great description of the different locations, beautiful pictures, and the stories of each area.

Of all of the locations I have to say that the Lancy Mansion and Victoria House were two stops that I would like to visit the most. The Lancy Mansion was the home for Nabby Lancy passed under normal conditions but the problem arose when it was too cold to dig a grave and she was left in the house until they could dig a grave. The Victorian House where the serial killer Tony Costa stayed which explains the haunting.

If you are going to visit Provincetown and you like haunted locations, this is the book for you. Or if you are like me and just love the paranormal, make sure to add this to your collection.

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I received Paranormal Provincetown from Schiffer Publishing free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.

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