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Inn at Shadow Lawn

Newport, Rhode Island
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

A lovely Victorian mansion built by the famous architect, Richard Upjohn, the Inn at Shadow Lawn is now a lovely B&B, complete with crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows and heirloom china. Not far from Newport, Shadow Lawn was built for Hamilton Hoppin, one of two argumentative brothers. It seems the house invited angst, even after the initial owner died.

According to local lore, in 1913 a young heiress and her husband moved in to the beautiful mansion. For a while they seemed quite happy, but he was young and, as a doctor in the town, had many reasons to meet with his patients. Especially the attractive ones. He soon tired of his wealthy wife and began a pattern of cheating on her—often and sometimes publicly. Perhaps his boldest move was using a hefty part of her inheritance to purchase one of the first automobiles. Sure, he took her out in it a few times for a spin, but soon it was just a convenient way to travel to and from his trysts. A flashy car impressed the ladies, even then it seems.

His wife, utterly disillusioned would wait by the windows facing the drive. Every day she waited. And every day he’d come home, fresh from his womanizing ways, expecting she would simply accept his behavior. She did for a while. Then one day in June she took matters into her own hands. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was the knowledge he’d been using her for her money. In the end it doesn’t matter. It is relatively well-accepted that she had a gun, and he was an idiot.

She waited in the bushes by the driveway and when her ne’er-do-well spouse rumbled in and stepped out of the vehicle, she shot him. She was charged with his murder but finally acquitted. There had been no witnesses, although everyone in town could surely imagine her motivation. But murdering one’s spouse (even a flaky philandering spouse) was “simply not done” in that era. So, although she never served jail time, it seems that the town shunned her.

Living a tortured and then lonely life, it is no wonder some aspect of her seems to linger around the beautiful house where she had dreamed so often of happiness. Occasionally mysterious footsteps are heard and a filmy figure has been spotted near the windows she used to watch for her husband through. Is she hoping he’ll return again and they’ll reach a reconciliation? Maybe. Or perhaps she’s just hoping to get one more shot at him.

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Ashley Lynn says:

March 11, 2009, 3:13 pm

I have been there. I have heard the stories but I didn’t see anything.BUT I did feel cold spots and I felt the hurt that she felt. If you have the chance too go there and stay a night, you might have better luck seeing the young lady.

melody says:

June 24, 2009, 8:28 pm

yea im with u i have been there itis really not that scary once u take a look around cuz u will get used to it cuz i live in a haunted house right herebin chicago she was very pretty but that is waht i dont get about men why do they marry and then cheat that is so dumb

dudu says:

August 4, 2009, 9:16 am

that sounds so cool dudes!

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Lisa Gardner says:

October 7, 2009, 10:17 pm

i have wanted to stay here for awhile. it does not bother me that it might be haunted. I have stayed at other supposedly haunted inns, never seen a ghost that i know of.if u go to Colonial House Inn in Yarmouthsport Mass. ask to sleep in the carraige house part. eerie things did happen there.

Bill says:

October 13, 2009, 6:58 pm

My wife and I last stayed there December of 2002 and had a “weird” thing happen. It gets dark early and we layed down to take a nap around 5 pm. The room was dark and we both got under the covers and I spooned my wife. About an hour later my wife woke me up complaining and asking why I turned all the lights on. When I woke up I noticed that the several of the lights in the room were now turned on. We woke up in the same position as we went to sleep in and were not out that long. I certainly don’t rule out electrical malfunctions as the cause, it is an old home, we just thought it was weird. Shortly after that we had children and have not been able to get back but it has not been because of this incident. If anything it’s made us want to go back.

susie cold in here says:

October 25, 2009, 11:23 am

ive been to lots of scary places this one isnt that scary but a good story and you can really feel her pain

Meg says:

November 18, 2009, 3:02 pm

Poor girl. :(

MJ says:

September 7, 2010, 10:09 am

Bill, is it possible that the lights were on some kind of a timer or sensor?
That is freaky!

Anonymous says:

September 26, 2010, 7:31 am

Not all ghosts are spirits, some are simply imprints of moments. Emotional moments leaving a living memory on the house.

Bruce Miller says:

July 30, 2012, 11:24 am

I was once staying at this Inn and was trying to take a nap when I noticed a tugging at my pants. I held my pants by the waist but the tugging was too much. The next thing I knew my pants flew across the room. Then it was quiet. I went and got my pants again and the same thing happened. Off go my pants. I then decided to go down main desk. I put my pants back on and it happened again. Off go my pants. I was forced to walk down to the main desk in my boxers. That frisky ghost wanted me. I will never go back. Has anybody had similar experiences????

Liz says:

August 28, 2013, 12:06 pm

My husband and I stayed at this Inn about 15 yrs. ago and did not know the history of it. The woman who runs it told us to disregard any noises we may hear at night, that’s its an old house and settles, so it creaks. We paid it no mind. At night in the hallway where there is a seat by the window, several times we heard footsteps and even a clang noise like a porcelain was moved, opened the door and nothing. Then our bathroom, which had heat on (we felt the radiator hot), was oddly frigid to the point, id put a sweater on to use the bathroom! It was such an odd experience. Then about a year later, we caught a special on cable about haunted inns and here comes a feature on this one. We almost fell off the sofa, because we both felt such odd things there and had NO IDEA of its history!

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