The colonial Rhode Island home that was the subject of the 2013 hit horror film “The Conjuring” is on the market for the second time in two years – and is now three times the asking price.
The Harrisville, Rhode Island village house was built in 1736, according to NBC News affiliate WJAR, and was purchased in 2019 by paranormal enthusiast Cory Heinzen for less than $ 440,000.
This month the house returned to the market with an asking price of $ 1,200,000. Its list indicates that the buyer has the opportunity to “own an extraordinary piece of cultural history.”
“Rumor has it that the presence of Bathsheba Sherman, who in the 1800s lived in the house, 1677 Round Top Road is one of the best known haunted houses in the United States,” Sotheby’s International listing reads Realty.
Andrea Perron, who lived there as a child from 1970, wrote the trilogy “House of Darkness, House of Light”, on the ghostly experiences of his family in the house. An investigation of the house by paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren served as the basis for “The Conjuring.”
“Frankly, if I had the money, I would buy it myself just to protect it,” Perron told WJAR in a video call interview.
“It has always been my dream to one day get the farm back, but not to live on the farm, I don’t want to live there. “
A few images on the house listing show ghostly Raggedy Ann dolls sitting on an armchair and locked behind the glass of a grandfather clock, apparently a nod to the 2014 haunted doll movie “Annabelle,” the one of many films in the successful franchise that followed “The Conjuring.” “
Other images are detail shots that point to the home’s colonial origins – like hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace – instead of its supposedly more recent haunted past.
Jenn Heinzen, one of the current owners of the house, told the Wall Street Journal that the house is booked with guests and tours until 2022. She and her husband believe the house is haunted by ghosts from the King Philip’s War, the bloody and brutal 1675-1678 conflict between local natives and white settlers. Although she says she did not feel any “malice” at home.
“It is the land that is stigmatized, not the house itself,” Heinzen told the Journal.