There is something about a New England autumn that sets the tone for a good old fashion haunting. What contributes to this irie setting may be that Newport, RI is so far east of the time zone. Our dusks are earlier and the ocean that surrounds you has a Hitchcock like fog in and around the Newport, RI hauntings making for a prefect setting for things that go bump in the night. If you like being frighten, a short stroll down the street from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is one of many fascinating hauntings in Newport. Belcourt Castle is were intriguing Spirits of the East Coast dwell in one of Newport, Rhode Island's most exquisite landmarks. The French Renaissance-style château known to locals as the Belcourt Castle. Many believe it to be the location of paranormal phenomena and events that involves haunted chairs, ghostly armor, apparitions, a statue that has been declared as possessed, and a haunted mirror that is truly baffling as you cannot see your reflection, only moving images that shift back and forth.
Belcourt Castle is not for the faint of heart as sightings are a normal occurrence when visitors take the candlelight or the more favored haunted tour through the darkest corners of the property, especially the spooky Gothic Ballroom.
The Gothic Ballroom in the 60 room mansion at the Belcourt Castle will again set the stage for the ISES Rhode Island Halloween Bash in Newport, RI. This event is not to be missed and will be filled with lots of treats and Halloween fun! Enjoy great food, drink and lively entertainment! Prizes will be given for Best Costumes.
Choice of October 23 and 24, 2009
Tickets are $95 per person in advance, $100.00 at the door if available. Purchase your tickets in advance as this event will sell out. Click on the ISES banner below for more information and to purchase tickets.
Known as the hot spot for apparitions, visitors love seeing the vast collection of artwork, furniture, sculptures, armor, paintings, tapestries, stained glass and the occasional spirit that lights up the room.
The Castle was designed by Richard Morris Hunt for the wealthy bachelor, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, who inherited a fortune from his father August Belmont. Belcourt Castle was embellished with horses and armor, which was a direct reflection for his love of medieval and renaissance architecture.
Oliver Belmont hired 30 servants at $100.00 per week to take care of the 60 room, 50, 000 square-foot estate and the grounds that displayed mythological sculptural pieces from nymphs and cherubs made from bronze, terra cotta, marble and stone.
In 1896 Oliver Belmont married socialite Alva Vanderbilt, wife of his best friend and business partner. Alva Smith, daughter of an Alabama cotton merchant, was educated in France, and married to William Kissam Vanderbilt. The couple had three children before she divorced Vanderbilt in 1895 to marry Oliver Belmont.
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Newport, Rhode Island - Belcourt Castle - Haunted Chairs
Newport is most known for its beautiful mansions, but one that is often overlooked is Belcourt Castle . It does not have the grandeur of the other properties, BUT it is very well known for the many hauntings that have occurred there. In fact they now have ghost tours during the summer season! It's been said that 1-2 Chairs in the Gothic Ballroom have spirits in them. Put your hand near the chairs, your hand gets cold and prickly, try to sit in one, there is resistance, try to sit in the other, it might throw you out.
Also supposedly there is armor in the Gothic ballroom. The owner of the armor died when a spear went through the eyeslot and out the other end. He can be heard screaming in and around March.
Nearby Offbeat Places
- Mysterious Viking Tower, Newport, RI - 2 mi.
- The Feet and the Wave, Newport, RI - 2 mi.
- Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Dog's Grave, Portsmouth, RI - 6 mi.
- Peggotty - Art Boat Thing, Little Compton, RI - 7 mi Haunted Newport
Old Town Ghost walk -- two excellent tours to choose from.
1. Olde Town Ghost Walk 2. Carved in Stone
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Group tours available for 20 or more people, don't be afraid to bring your friends! Email us to make private group tour arrangements.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Only in Rhode Island Store
Long Wharf Mall (behind panera bread)
Hours: Open Nightly until Tour Time
The Newport Marriott's Gift Shop
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Newport Visitors Center
23 America's Cup Avenue
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
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NEWPORT'S HAUNTED PAST COMES ALIVE
Do you believe in ghosts?
Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport, Rhode Island's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted city by the sea.