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The General Stanton Inn

Charlestown, Rhode Island
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

In more than 200 years of history, the General Stanton Inn has only had six owners since the time the Native Americans owned the land. In 1655 the land was given to Thomas Stanton, an interpreter for the Native American tribes in the region, as a show of gratitude. Thomas had arranged a successful hostage exchange between rival tribes. Essentially, when the Manesses tribe kidnapped a Niantic princess they demanded far too much wampum for her safe return. The Niantics went to Thomas at his little trading house on the Pawcatuck River and asked him to intercede on their behalf. He brokered a deal and was granted a nice chunk of land by a Niantic Sachem as a result. That land became the Stanton estate in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

The General Stanton Innâ??s owners over the years have tried to maintain some of its original ambiance. The Inn still has traditional low ceilings and rough-hewn beams. And ghosts.

The original house, a modest one-room building was moved onto the property in 1667. For a while it served as a simple schoolhouse for local Indian children, as well as Thomasâ??s own offspring. Over the years rooms were added to the original structure (now called the â??Indian Roomâ?; in 1740 Joseph, a son of Thomas, added the â??George Washington Cabinet Room.â?

Joseph made a name for himself as one of Rhode islandâ??s very first Senators in the US Congress and later a State Representative. But as things settled after the fall-out of the Revolutionary War, the family fell on hard times and the home (considered a mansion then) became an Inn. Joseph, the militia General the Innâ??s named for, let his nephews run the business. It became quite successful as a regular coach stop between the towns of Providence and New London. While other business struggled under the early Prohibition, the Inn attracted gamblers and partiers of all classes and backgrounds.

People have reported everything from strange noises and sensations to actual apparitions at the General Stanton Inn, one of the hot spots for paranormal activity being the Washington Room. A male ghost has been spotted here, and people have reported being touchedâ??often tapped on the shoulderâ??by something otherworldly in both the Washington Room and Williamsburg Room. Is a spirit from the Innâ??s rich past trying to get someoneâ??s attention? If so, it seems the spirit has gotten frustrated with visitors at least once, when a finger of a mannequin was reportedly hurled by an unseen force at a workman in the attic. Perhaps it was merely the spiritâ??s way of delivering a somewhat coded and yet not so subtle message… But most spirit activity at the General Stanton Inn is what many would consider mild and well-mannered, so stay the night and arrange for a proper tour. Although not necessarily a spine-tingling experience, a stay at the Stanton can be quite educational.

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Deliverance Minister Helena Garilano says:

September 13, 2008, 7:41 am

The Hotel that are haunted can be cleared of spirits by the owners. They can ruin business and cause sicknes.
It dangerous to allow them to roam the property.
Deliverance (the casting out of demons) must be performed on the land. I offer free help for haunted land http://www.hauntedland.com , help for hte home is http://www.hauntedhousebuster.com
Minister Helena Garilano

bob chisholm says:

January 26, 2009, 8:33 pm

come spend a haunted night at the gen stanton inn with the dead of night paranormal group hunt ghosts and spirits cost $100.00 per person march 7-8 contact janice williams at 508-866-5111 or 508-277-2371 if you dare.

Dead of Night Ghost Tours says:

February 10, 2009, 8:16 am

Join Us for a night of adventure At the General Stanton INN. Overnight Investigation open to the public. Learn how to ghost hunt. Bring your cameras, video equipment, tape recorders.
Date March 7 2009 reservation required Cost $100.00 per person
Visit our website to find out all details. Be a GHOST HUNTER!

Ghosthunter Bob says:

March 4, 2009, 8:18 pm

the overnight has been rescheduled to March 14 come join the Dead Of Night paranormal group as we search out the spirits of the Gen Stanton Inn cost $100.00 per person call Janice Williams at 508-277-2371 if you dare!!!!!!

Illinois couple says:

August 8, 2009, 11:44 pm

Myself and my husband decided to stay at the Stanton Inn after reading the history (I am partial because i am a history teacher for the 8th grade). Although we are still not sure what to make of our experience we left with an open mind. My husband had several dreams of a little girl with blonde hair and a purple dress. The first 3 all the same with her walking around the bed to his side putting her finger to her lips and saying SHHHHHH. The next with her running around the room so fast he could not keep his eyes on her. Me on the other hand kept getting feet tickled all night. I guess it would not be so bad if we were staying in the inn but we were in the newer building known as the suites. Would we stay again? Without a doubt.

kevin snyder says:

December 16, 2009, 3:38 pm

that is frecky

Caroline says:

January 27, 2010, 11:19 pm

I live in Charlestown and I know for a fact that this place is not haunted. The owners, some whacks from California have set up props to get the attention. And i also know that there are chinese people that live in some of the rooms(they are the owners of the chinese restaurant located at the inn)that watch guests through holes in the walls. You are absolutely right that is creepy.

Bob Chisholm says:

January 28, 2010, 3:13 pm

I have to disagree with Caroline above we investigated the innand found it to be extremely haunted especially the attic and the tunnels where we photographed a figure of a man and in the attis a little girl who also talked to us and cried on our recorders as for the chinese people staying in the rooms there was no one staying there at the time of our investigationand as far as the owners they must have set the props up after because they wanted to see what we do first and havent heard from them since but all I know is what I saw and heard that night.

Craig Williams says:

July 19, 2010, 7:49 pm

Caroline;
Those so called whacks are my relatives and I know for a fact that they wouldn’t do what you accused them of doing.

Bob Chisholm says:

July 20, 2010, 11:15 am

As I said before I think the inn is extremely haunted and never said your relatives are whacks!!!! so I would appreciate it if you would apologize CRAIG WILLIAMS as I was one of the investigators that said it was a very haunted inn and would love to come back and do another investigation. Thank you very much.

abby says:

September 9, 2010, 10:27 am

hey peoples of the world if u want to get a scare go to sanfrosisco at ripleys haunted house it is awsome and scary :) see u later

Craig Williams says:

September 10, 2010, 6:42 am

Bob Chisolm: Please be aware that I was not talking about you and it was directed at the lady from Charletown named Caroline.

Bob Chisholm says:

September 10, 2010, 10:34 pm

Hello Craig I apologize I didnt mean you. I think the inn is very haunted and was looking forward to coming back to investigate but we never heard from the girls again? So once again I apologize I didnt mean you.

Paul Prentice says:

September 14, 2010, 11:15 pm

I am a 10th generation descendent of Thomas Stanton, the Indian Interpreture and while on vacation I stopped in for lunch about 25 years ago. I look forward and plan to return for a longer visit when I depart this life so please leave my kinfolk alone.

Gary Ludwig says:

November 18, 2010, 1:22 am

I stayed there a couple of years ago when I purchased a Corvair convertible from Bob Littlefield and he suggested staying at the inn and I found it to be a wonderful experience. The food was awesome and I slept like a log with no spooks looming around whatsoever.

Stanton says:

February 28, 2011, 12:44 pm

wooooooo scaryyyyyyyyyy i will haunt youuuuu

rachel says:

March 8, 2014, 11:09 pm

In regards to the “ministers” comment; ghosts don’t spread disease. Its ignorant comments like that that make me question your beliefs. Not all ghosts are demon spirits! Some are lost and forsaken souls cast out by your God. Its very sad that murdered. Tortured. Souls are considered demonic but your priests that commit horrific offences can still be allowed in. When I die id rather go to the inn than your heaven. May the universe look sympetheticly on your ignorance and may karma give you all you put out into the world threefold :)

The Rising Storm says:

May 9, 2014, 2:51 pm

That is actually REALLY cool! I live in MN & the only haunted thing that is there is the haunted house at the state fair.ð??? I’m a thrill seeker & would, without a doubt, stay at that hotel! Not sure about my mom though…ð???

Deb says:

March 21, 2015, 11:28 am

Hi there! Another Stanton descendant here to say the Inn is very Haunted! Grandpa Joseph is checking on the place frequently. The little girl whispered in my friends ear that she “had the pox” most likely small pox. While I was looking around the Washington Room, I felt some one touch my hair and actually saw it move. Not just a few strands, but a waist length braid! My friend says she heard someone say “Dan Ridge girl” Which I interpreted as “Dandridge” which was Martha Washington’s maiden name. She is another ancestor of mine. I love the Inn, it is a real part of history. The restaurant has the best steaks. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it.
I plan on visiting when I join my ancestors in the spirit world someday.
I think it is very rude to call my ancestors demonic. They were upstanding, devout, kind people who fought for our freedom. As a minister, I find it very un-Christian and mean.

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