Nellie Vaughn and the Vampire Cemetery

Nellie Vaughn and the Vampire Cemetery

In this article we will be taking a look at the legend of Nellie Vaughn and the Vampire Graveyard in West Greenwich, Rhode Island…

The Graveyard

The Plain Meeting House Baptist Church in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, has a nameless old graveyard behind it. Eventually it earned the title ‘Vampire Cemetery’ from a strange woman who died in 1889 – Nellie Vaughn.

Over the years, local rumors and old wives tales have pointed to the fact that Nellie must have been a breed of vampire.


Well, her grave is sunken deeper than the others and her headstone reads ‘I am waiting and watching for you’.

Victims of Consumption

Not really much of a reason to tag someone as a vampire, is it?

Well, Nellie was certainly NOT a vampire. In those days, victims of consumption were given the title of ‘vampire’ (consumption was the early terminology used for the tuberculosis disease).

For some reason, these ‘vampires’, or victims of the disease, would frequently have their bodies exhumed. People would then burn the hearts and liver of the corpses and inhale the fumes.

It seems like a very macabre process, but back then people believed that this action would offer some protection from consumption.

I Ain’t No Vampire! 

The locals got it very wrong – Nellie actually died of pneumonia. This is why her body is buried so deep and has never been exhumed (NOT because she is the undead!).

The spirit of Nellie is well aware that people are labeling her a vampire, and have been for over a century now. She is not at all happy about it!

I Ain't No Vampire!

One local, Marlene Chatfield, claims to have had several experiences with the ghost of Nellie Vaughn.

Chatfield claims that her first encounter with Nellie’s spirit resulted in her husband being physically attacked…

They were in the cemetery, a couple of meters away from Nellie’s grave, when they heard a strange female voice say “I am perfectly pleasant”.

Then, without warning, an angry entity attacked Marlene’s Husband’s face and scratched him to hell and back!

In another well known incident, Marlene Chatfield claims she met a young woman from an historical society at the cemetery. When this woman was introduced to Nellie’s grave she suddenly froze and a fearful look spread across her face.

She then began repeating the phrase “Nellie is not a vampire” for a minute or so and then suddenly stopped. She remembered nothing about the phrase she was speaking out loud.

They both left the graveyard and later decided to check out the photographs the young woman had taken of Nellie’s grave…

All of the images were fine except the images of Vaughn’s grave…which were somehow reversed.

Nellie Vaughn and the Vampire Cemetery

Over the years Nellie’s grave has seen it’s fair share of vandalism, so now it has been moved and it remains unmarked, so locals will finally leave it alone…hopefully.

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