Mercy Brown Grave, Exeter, RI
: Travel to Chestnut Hill Baptist Church in Exeter
, and look for a gravestone bound to the ground with iron strap. There lie the remains of 19-year-old Lena Mercy Brown. The young girl was the third woman in her family to die of tuberculosis, and when her brother came down with the disease, they speculated one of the dames must be to blame. After exhuming the bodies, Mercy was found to be suspiciously-well preserved, which could only mean she was a vampire feeding on her brother and others. Doctors and scientists later disproved the notion, but that doesn’t stop believers from delivering offerings (flowers, money, candy corn) to her grave.
While You're There:
Known as one of the last few rural communities left in Rhode Island, Exeter provides the perfect setting to peep the state’s iconic fall foliage. Stop by the Arcadia Management Area
to roam 14,000 acres filled with trails for hiking & biking and lakes for fishing & boating. (Photo by Katherine Gendreau via South County Tourism Council