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When thinking about Rhode Island history vampires is not often a image that comes to mind right away unless you are asking the right person Most will tell you of its colonial origins or the booming slave trade or the dawn of the industrial revolution Not many will mention figures such as Nellie Vaughn or Mercy Brown Unless of course the person being asked is into that kind of thing I am one of these people I love to look at the aspects of history that are a little more obscure or fantastical When this project was announced I immediately knew what I would do I wanted to visit the alleged vampire graves of ExeterWest Greenwich Although maybe tougher to prove Rhode Islands occult history is just as important as its practical Rhode Island was formed by those society deemed outcasts Smugglers pirates criminals they all called Rhode Island home This being the case one cannot fully examine Rhode Islands past without taking a peek into the darker side of things Stories have been circulating around as far back as most people can remember about various vampires said to have lived in Rhode Island Two of these with graves located conveniently close together are those of Nellie Vaughn and Mercy Brown in West Greenwich and Exeter respectively I decided the only way to go on a true vampire hunt would be under the full moon so armed with only our knowledge of vampire lore and some flashlights Mike his girlfriend Jenna and I headed out on our expedition once night had fallen Once we arrived at the incredibly dark Route 102 we knew almost instantly we were in vampire country Maybe it was the circumstances or just the darkness but the woods and roads down here give off an eerie vibe 102 is almost completely devoid of light of any kind save for an occasional passing car or all-night diner along the side of the
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