CHESTNUT HILL CEMETERY, EXETER
Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island
Chestnut Hill Cemetery has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted locations in Rhode Island, largely thanks to the tomb of an alleged vampire, Mercy Lena Brown!
Mercy, her mother, and two of her siblings all died of consumption. This was during a period when there was a great deal of hysteria surrounding vampires in New England and rumors persisted that one of the Browns was one of the undead. This hysteria led to the families’ bodies being exhumed.
Mary and the others were decayed as would be expected, but Mercy’s corpse was perfectly preserved and her hair had even grown longer while buried. Her heart was instantly cut out and burned to stop her rising from the grave.
Since then Mercy’s ghost has been seen around the tomb wearing a dirty, ripped gown.
On one occasion a visitor to the cemetery managed to record Mercy’s voice in EVP form saying, ‘Please let me rest in peace’.