The Harrisville Farmhouse That Inspired 'The Conjuring' Is Up For Sale
October 04, 2021 1:00 AM ‐ Movies • Paranormal
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The house that inspired the first movie in James Wan's Conjuring series has been put up for sale by its current owners and can be yours for just $1.2 million.
The infamous Harrisville farmhouse that provided the real-life story behind the 2013 movie, 'The Conjuring' was purchased by Cory and Jennifer Heinzen in 2019, but now the 300-year-old farmhouse is on the market again.
Realtor Mott & Chace Sotheby's describes the 14-room remote farmhouse with a rather honest overview, "to this day, countless happenings have been reported. The chilling stories, incidents, and recollections of residents and visitors of the property have been told in dozens of media productions including books, movies, and television shows."
To help promote the sale of the house, which was built in 1736, the realtor has produced a suitably creepy promotional video.
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The house has gained quite a reputation for its haunting since 'The Conjuring' brought it to the mainstream. This reputation has resulted in the property being investigated by television shows including 'Kindred Spirits' and Zak Bagans and the 'Ghost Adventures' team in a two-hour special that aired on the Travel Channel on Halloween night in 2019.
'The Conjuring' is based on the real life case files of two of the most famous demonologists of all time, husband-and-wife, Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple investigated increasingly disturbing events experienced by the Perron family, who lived in the farmhouse in the 1970s.
As soon as the Perrons moved into the farmhouse the paranormal activity started. At first it was just little things like household items going missing, but it quickly escalated and the family's five daughters started seeing ghostly apparitions around the house.
They believed that it was the house's grim history of suffering that was responsible for the property's haunting, as well as the ghost of an early 19th century witch named Bathsheba Sherman, who once lived on the site and cursed the land.
After researching the history of the house, they found that it had been the home of the Arnold family for eight generations. It's said that during the Arnold's time in the house they were cursed with many tragedies including the death of Sally Arnold who in 1848 succumbed to typhus along with two of her children, Susanne Arnold hanged herself with a small cord from a wardrobe hook, 11-year-old Prudence Arnold declined 22-year-old William Knowlton's invitation to marry and for this she was nearly decapitated, John Arnold committed suicide by ingesting insecticide, and neighbour Jarvis Smith went on an alcoholic binge and was found dead from exposure in the Arnold barn.
Much of this has been written about in the book 'House Of Darkness House Of Light', by Andrea Perron, one of the daughters at the centre of the original case. The Perrons enlisted the help of famous demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to try to put an end to the hauntings - this is the plot of the first Conjuring movie.
The house is one of the hottest paranormal properties in the world, whoever snaps it up next will have the option of opening the house up to investigators, or trying to calm the spirits and turn it into a large and comfortable family home.
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