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I'm a huge, HUGE fan of the Conjuring Franchise, and a friend and I wondered if it would be a good road-trip idea to visit spots from the true stories that inspired the films. We knew they were in Connecticut, and as New Yorkers we figured it wouldn't be too far of a drive to tackle in one day (only two hours). We got a full tank of gas and left early in the morning, hell-bent on seeing these locations. The roads there were smooth and quiet (we took back roads and a less busy highway), but I forgot how bad CT-drivers are. I did, however, feel a slight feeling of dread while driving there, but I don't know if that has something to do with anything supernatural or if my psyche was making me feel that way because I've watched the films before.
Throughout the entirety of our road-trip it was foggy, rainy, and dismal. Which was the perfect atmosphere for such an eerie trip! The cemetery is in Monroe, where the Warrens lived, and it was definitely bittersweet to see their resting place (after we found it... it was difficult to find). It was nice to see that the couple were together, and resting in peace, and there were so many trinkets, coins, and flowers there to honor their memory. I took a polaroid photo and left it on the bench that was besides their graves to pay respect.
The Warrens' Home & Annabelle
When we finally headed to the Warren's House, we realized that the road was a lot more private than we thought. We hoped it was more suburban so we could take photos without standing out or looking awkward, but that was not the case. We never got photos because we never made it to the house. Half-way up the road, a horrible, terrible feeling came over me AND my friend. It was such an overpowering feeling that I can only describe as; a feeling of impending doom. I violently took a U-turn and we drove the hell away. After leaving the road, the feeling of dread dissipated almost instantly. Whether this was some kind of paranormal warning, or my mind making me uncomfortable KNOWING what was in that house, I'm not sure. It doesn't explain why at the exact same moment, and the exact same feeling, afflicted both my friend and I. It was very odd and we both said after that we felt like we shouldn't be there. I do, however, have the dark urge to go back.
Where Arne & His Landlord Were Last Seen Before His Murder
According to an article I read, Arne Johnson (the protagonist of the Conjuring 3), and his landlord were last seen at a coffee shop. This was the last place Arne's landlord was seen before Arne stabbed him to death on February 16th, 1981. The coffee shop is now a bar that is currently for sale, and we stopped in to take photos.
All in all, the trip was pretty fun! The drive there was beautiful and the homes and scenery in the Monroe area alone is worth driving for. If you're a conjuring fan and happen to live nearby, I'd definitely recommend a stop in town!
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