• Mercy Brown, A Vampire? - Exeter, Rhode Island

      Photo by Osie Turner
      Even though Exeter, Rhode Island is far removed from Transylvania, it is home to its own famous vampire. After succumbing to tuberculosis at the age of 19, Mercy's body was exhumed, her heart removed and burned all in a desperate attempt to save her brother from the illness. Her grave has become a morbid tourist destination in recent years as her story is the best documented real life "vampire" incident.

      If you go:
      Mercy's grave is underneath the large cedar tree just to the left of the main path. To the right a short distance away is the holding crypt from which her body was exhumed for the ghastly event. The stone her heart was burned on is said to be nearby.


      469 Ten Rod Road
      Exeter, Rhode Island 02822 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Exeter Grange
      +1 (401) 397-8058