Where does the writer of vampire novels (and a genealogist) go on her vacation? To visit the vampire grave of Rhode Island, of course!
While researching odd and interesting places to visit in Rhode Island and Connecticut on roadsideamerica.com, I came across the vampire grave of Simon Whipple in Union Cemetery in North Smithfield, RI.
In memory of Simon Whipple, youngest son of Col. Dexter Aldrich & Margery his wife, who died on May 6, 1841, aged 27 years. Altho’ consumption’s vampire grasp had seized thy mortal frame, ……. mind …..
We’ll never know exactly how the epitaph ends at some point in the past, his stone was set in concrete? Why? Was it because the stone had been knocked over and had to be set again? Or was it perhaps because to keep something in the ground from getting out? We’ll never know …
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Per the request of a reader, I’m attaching photos of the headstones of Simon’s siblings. Keep in mind that I know nothing about this family. I was only told these were his siblings by a North Smithfield person who was there volunteering with a local clean up crew in that area of the cemetery. I thought it seemed odd that Simon Whipple would be their sibling since they were Aldrichs. – Jennifer