The Ghosts of Newport tour started in the lobby of the Newport Marriot Hotel. After a short introduction, our tour guide took us to our first location right by the water. It was on the coast that the Princess Augusta ran aground on December 27, 1738. Under the command of Captain Andrew Brook, the ship had just returned from a voyage across the Atlantic and was carrying passengers from the area that would become Germany. A sickness broke out on ship, leaving passengers very ill with many dying before arrival in Rhode Island. Contrary to the popular legend and fueled by the poem, the Wreck of the Palatine by John Greenleaf Whittier, the ship did not burst into flames. Yet, on moonless nights between Christmas and New Years, a fiery vessel has been reported on the water, right around where the Princess Augusta met its tragic fate.
|The harbor during daylight - far less spooky|
|Blood Alley = SCARY!|
The White Horse Tavern is the oldest bar in America, so of course, there are reported hauntings there. The most seen specter is a man dressed in shabby clothes, hanging around the right side of the fireplace in one of the dining rooms. This ghost is reported to be a man who died in the 1720’s when Tavern owners Robert and Mary Nichols opened the White Horse to overnight guests. The story goes that two men slept at the White Horse after coming to Newport by ship. When morning broke, one of the men was nowhere to be found and the other died during the night as he slept near the fireplace. Fearing the man died of smallpox, he was quickly buried in a pauper’s grave. His identity still remains a mystery.
After a few more stops and a bunch of scary stories, the tour ended in the Trinity Church cemetery. A pretty spooky place to be at night, especially when you realize that the picture you just took was filled with mysterious orbs!
Tickets can be purchased here.