RI’s Jared the Magician & Mentalist will entertain guests at the spooky Governor Sprague Mansion on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 7:00 p.m. The Cranston Historical Society invites you to the annual Charlie the Butler Ghost Party fundraising event. Maybe Charlie will make an appearance. See for yourself if Jared can really read your mind!
A little about Jared: Jared DuBois is a well-known magical entertainer and mentalist. He has honed his skills performing mind-reading curiosities that will entertain and mesmerize. His sleight-of-hand magic with cards, coins, borrowed objects will make you wonder “How does he do that?”
Event Details: Tickets: $15.00, Call (401) 944-9226 for more information. Seating is limited so it is suggested you call ahead to reserve your place. Costumes are optional but please no masks. Have your future read by intriguing readers for a separate fee: Debb Brown will conduct Tarot Card and Psychic Readings; MaryJo Guadalupe offers Oracle Readings -- they won’t disappoint you! Friend to the Sprague Mansion, Adam Florio will share his love of Halloween by decorating the Mansion with his collection of ghoulish characters and other frightful pals. Rooms will be open during the evening. Enter if you dare! Light refreshments will be served featuring Texas Road House. Age appropriate for 12 yrs. & older. Send checks by October 25 to Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI 02920 (401) 944-9226. (After October 25, call Charlie the Butler to make sure tickets are still available.)
About Charlie the Butler: The history behind Charlie at the Mansion goes back to the 1880s. He was a butler at the mansion and had two daughters and he wanted the eldest to marry the son of the owner of the mansion at that time. Unfortunately, it saddened Charles that it never came to fruition and after his death; it is thought he is still “roaming” the mansion distraught because he also thought that if the daughter married the owner’s son, he would be rich, too! In an incident with a Ouija Board in 1968, Charlie’s name was spelled out.
About Governor William Sprague and the Mansion: Located in what was once called Spragueville (also known as Cranston Village), the federal style Sprague Mansion (built in 1770/1864, stands as a tribute to Rhode Island’s textile history. Three generations of the Sprague family resided here. In 1808, it was from this house that the Sprague family established a calico cloth printing mill. Today, known at the Cranston Print Works, it is one of America’s oldest continuously operating textile printer. Governor William Sprague IV was Rhode Island’s 27th Governor during the Civil War, 1860-1863 and US Senator 1863-1875. He married the daughter of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. the beautiful and quite politically-minded Katherine Jane Chase – he was 33 and she was 23 on November 12, 1863. As a wedding gift, William gave Kate a diamond and pearl tiara at a cost of $50,000 at that time, and had the “Kate Chase Wedding March” written for his bride.
About our Haunted Mansion: It has been known since the 1920s that there are mysterious “souls” residing at the Governor Sprague Mansion. Maybe it is Amasa Sprague, Gov. William Sprague’s IV father, who was murdered not far from the home just beyond the Print Works; Maybe Charlie the Butler ~ we call him ~ he took care of a very wealthy family who resided at the mansion during the Victorian era; What about Kate Chase, herself, considered the Bell of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War; Maybe it’s the Lady in Black usually looking out of the windows in the cupola when the moon is full; OR the little girl someone heard asking for “mama, mama”.