SPRAGUE MANSION


A Brief History: The Sprague Mansion is located at 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island. The mansion was built by Governor William Sprague in 1790, and was kept in the family for 4 generations. It was first intended to be used for farming but after the cotton gin was invented, in 1808 it was turned it into a small grist mill located by the Pocasset River, which became New England’s first cotton mill. By 1864 the mansion was expanded to 28 rooms including a ballroom and several bedrooms, along with gardens and a carriage house. The mansion became a social hot spot for all of the local people. Throughout the Sprague Family there was 2 governors that became United States Senators. The first was William Sprague who served from 1838-1844, and the second was Governor William Sprague who served from 1860-1875, who played a big role during the Civil War. Once the Civil War ended the economy took a dive along with the Sprague Family business. They sold off all of the mills and sometime between then late 1800s and early 1900s they sold the property to Cranston Print Works. Cranston Print Works occupied the Mansion until 1966. A few years later Cranston Historical Society purchased the property and restored it back to its original look. The mansion is now a museum that’s used for historical society meetings, weddings, and birthday parties.


Haunted History: Many people believe that the mansion is haunted by Amasa Sprague, son of William Sprague. On the night of December 31, 1843 Amasa Sprague was murdered in the street close to the mansion. There have been reports of paranormal activity in the mansion since the early 1900s. There have been reports of a man walking down the staircase, as well as in the wine cellar, which is believed to be one of Sprague’s sons named Amasa. There are also reports of cold spots in those areas. Other reports of paranormal activity include bedding being pulled off the beds (sometimes with guests sleeping in them), lights flickering, footsteps, and the feeling of a presence in the room. A Séance was held in the house in the late 60s. The Ouija board they were using kept spelling out “My land” and “Tell my story”. The location was also investigated by TAPS on an episode of Ghost Hunters.