Mansion can probably be found just outside the city of Narragansett, in
Rhode Island. The city of Narragansett is in Washington County
in the southern part of the state, on the southeastern coast, on Highway
1A. Originally reported to be located on a street called Front St. though
the Narragansett City Library claims that no such street ever exited in
House is a four story, white clapboard mansion, with green shutters, built
by a rich sea captain, Japhet Wedderburn. While it is the typical, big
4 square home built by all the rich captains in this part of the country,
it wasn't quite as fancy inside, according to family servant, Huldy Craddock,
who ran the house for the Captain. The doorway was impressive, having
large columns on either side, with a broken pediment on top. In the center
was a beautifully carved wooden pineapple. The third floor had a gallery,
with windows that offered a splendid view of the sea.
was a rich sea captain, that had made his fortune in the China sea trade.
He was often away from home anywhere from months to years at a time. When
he was home, he was lonely, wanting female companionship. But as he wasn't
home much, he never met any of the local ladies. He was home only 5 weeks
at a time. One day, according to Huldy Craddock, he arrived home with
a new wife, Dona Mercedes Wedderburn, a Spanish lady from Barbados, a
daughter from a wealthy family. She was very petite, fragile looking,
dressed in black, and wore a high tortoise shell comb and a black lace
mantilla. Things went well for the happy couple, until the captain set
sail once again, leaving his new wife, who spoke no English home alone
with Huldy for company. Huldy found this new wife crying, very distraught,
looking out the window, wanting to go home. All day, Dona Mercedes would
walk back and forth, crying, and pointing out to the sea.
Huldy did her best
to get the unhappy lady to go to town with her to buy the food, and even
tried to teach her English. The lady refused to go out, and became a recluse.
She sometimes ate nothing all day. Finally, the captain came home, and
Huldy came down with a stomach illness and couldn't work. When Huldy's
sister came to offer to find the captain a new servant, he said that it
wouldn't be necessary, as he and his new wife would be returning to Barbados
to visit her folks.
Two years later,
Captain Wedderburn returned without his wife, saying that she wanted to
stay longer with her folks. On his next trip, Captain Wedderburn died
A number of families owned the Wedderburn House over the years, and then
in 1925, a charitable organization bought the home, to use it as a summer
retreat for poor children.
For over fifty
years, various owners had to witness ghostly occurrences on the third
floor gallery area, by the view windows.
1) When the Squires
family, moved in they loved all the room they had to entertain and great
living space for their three children and their friends. Mrs. Squires
was soon told by all three of her children about the sad lady in black
who cries by the third floor windows, as she looks out at the sea. She
had a comb and a veil over her face.
2) Other families throughout the years have also spotted this same apparition
at sunset, crying and pointing at the sea, very child-like in manner.
She disappeared if approached.
A Startling Discovery:
In 1925, when the
house was bought by the charitable organization, the house was a bit run
down and needed to be renovated, as major repairs were needed. In the
library, workman discovered that the hearthstone of the fireplace was
badly cracked, and needed to be replaced. The owners decided that they
wanted the entire fireplace wall removed as well. When the workmen pried
the fireplace floor stone up with the crowbar, they were surprised to
find a crude wooden coffin inside a deepened hole. Inside this coffin
they found the skeletal, black laced wrapped remains of Dona Mercedes
Wedderburn, complete with her beautiful tortoiseshell comb resting on
the top of her skull.
The ghost of Dona
Mercedes Wedderburn is still waiting to be taken home to Barbados. She
will probably be haunting the third floor by the big windows until her
body is buried in Barbados.