A Cautionary Tale: Don't bring the horse in the house.
Like many historic towns, Newport, RI has a rich oral history. My father in law, the late John Hogan, was a great story teller. In addition to being a life long Newporter, he worked for many years as a docent in the mansions. Tales about Newport families - wealthy ones and everyday people - would just spill out of him whenever we visited. I wish he had been a blogger because many of those stories will be lost over time. Here's one of his more memorable urban legends:
Sometime in the last mid-century, a family lived in a big, beautiful house on Old Beach Road in the Kay Catherine section of Newport. They had a barn out back where the family horse resided. One exceptionally cold Christmas Eve,…
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