This wonderful little story comes from the “Haunted Rhode Island” book and documentary and “Ghosts of Foster,” all part of this writer’s works.
Foster, Rhode Island, seems to command a great deal of attention on the subject of ghosts and haunts. Old maps show places of legend and ghosts that have secured their place in the town’s history. One of the more prominent figures is a woman named “Aunt Lonnie (some say Lannie)” Davis.
Aunt Lonnie was known as a recluse. Some claim she was a witch who lived on Tucker Hollow Road. Lonnie would push her cart down Route 6 to Hopkins Mills where she would procure her necessities then push the full cart back up the steep hill heading towards home. Never once did she ever accept any assistance from the local gentry. It is related that she seemed to have an aversion with the townsfolk to the point where it was stated that when she died, her home was to be demolished and never rebuilt. It was a strange request with an even stranger consequence. If so much as two boards remained nailed together, she would haunt the area until her wish was granted in full.
When Aunt Lonnie died, the townspeople failed to adhere to her demand and soon paid the price for their action. Whenever someone passed by the abandoned property, screams could be heard from the home and a cold breath would send a chill down their backs. If anyone dared venture onto the cursed land, a voice would whisper in their ear and the cold air would send them fleeing for safer ground.
It came to pass that the only way the neighbors could be rid of Aunt Lonnie was to fulfill her last wish. The home was torn down and no two boards remained nailed together, or so they thought. The land where Lonnie Davis once lived is now called the “Ghost Lot” and continues to be haunted centuries later. There is a foundation where the home once stood and the land has not yet been rebuilt upon.
Mary Davis and her husband Joseph are buried in the Tucker Hollow Cemetery very close to the Ghost Lot. Perhaps Aunt Lonnie was a nickname given to Mary; Lonnie could have been her middle name. Her birth date is unknown but her death date, 1799, is clearly marked on the rough stone marker that sits among the brush and growth in the old burying yard. As for the Ghost Lot, it is not recommended venturing there alone or after dark for Aunt Lonnie is still watching over her property and is not cordial to strangers.
Tom D'Agostino has been a paranormal investigator for more than 30 years. He lives in Connecticut.