Providence Ghost Tour
We decided that we would develop a ghost tour based on research and historical documentation. We wouldn't jump to any conclusions and would perform research on any story that we uncovered with the hopes of letting the tour participants make the call. We searched books, we searched the Providence Journal index, we talked to librarians, we talked to locals and we searched the internet. We handed out form letters door-to-door. We actually performed the tedious task of going through reel after reel of the Providence death records looking for "abnormal deaths". By doing so, we found murders, we found suicides, we found accidents and we found fire victims...and we found where they died. Many of the stories we uncovered have most likely been lost by time but we would like to think that we are resurrecting them. Although we tried to stay as objective as possible when compiling and presenting this data, we keep in mind that this morbid information is in fact an actual account of the lives of real people. We wish to maintain respect for these stories and hope you will as well.
This historic neighborhood got its start in the 1630s and today is one of the cultural centers of the state. Home of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the area was one of the first to be settled in Rhode Island back in the days of Roger Williams. The original homelots of the settlers lined what is today known as South and North Main. Although time has changed the area, many of the houses here date back before the Revolution.