8.5 acres, 3,109 square feet, 3 beds, 2 baths, and millions of ghost lovers trying to get in, what more could you want in a potential home?
1677 Round Top Road in Burrillville (technically Harrisville), famously known as “The Conjuring House,” is currently for sale. The sale was announced on September 23, which came as a surprise for many fans of the house. The house was purchased by Cory and Jen Heinzen in 2019 for $439,000, with the intention of opening it up for stays and paranormal investigations. They did, successfully, with their website explaining that they were booked for the duration of 2022. On their facebook page, the current owners cited the pressure of running the business as their reason for selling. According to the latest reports, the house is currently listed for sale at $1.2 million. While the Rhode Island housing market may be a seller’s market, it’s not that good. With the success of the business, the couple have turned the house into a ghost hunter’s dream.
But why this house? With The Conjuring franchise remaining so incessantly successful, the first in its trilogy portrayed Ed and Lorraine Warren, known paranormal investigators, coming to visit the farm in the 1970s. The farm was purchased by the Perron family in 1970 and things got weird. The family complained of intense paranormal activity, and it’s rumored that many who owned the property prior to them had fallen ill, or died tragically, with rumors saying there have been three suicides on the property. The Warrens believed a demon to be haunting the property and Lorraine Warren identified the demon as Bathsheba Sherman, a witch who likely lived on the farm. The Perron family moved away from the home in 1980, but claimed the paranormal activity never stopped, with Andrea Perron writing a book on house, House of Darkness, House of Light. Though, it would be remiss to say that there are a substantial number of naysayers who say the house isn’t haunted, and that records have been misreported and incidents misremembered in order to help the legend along.
The Conjuring House has always been a bucket-list (afterlife list?) item for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts. Those who have investigated it claim it to be one of the most haunted properties they’ve visited, and the popularity of the house seems to not be slowing anytime soon. The future of the home is in question – though one can only guess it will continue to operate as a profitable business – considering the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River sold for $1.8 million to US Ghost Adventures less than a year ago.
Which begs the question: are the ghosts making any profits?
The house can currently be found on Facebook with the handle theoldfarmonroundtoproad, or at its website, theconjuringhouse.com. Interested buyers should contact Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International, and then promptly contact the team here at Motif for a sleepover, once the papers are finalized.
Caitlin Howle (she/they) is a writer, professor, and small business owner in Rhode Island. Her hobbies include researching obscure history, arguing the need for the Oxford Comma, and bothering her pug, Winston. Find her on Instagram @caitlinmoments.