Collinwood, as represented by Carey Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

Dark Shadows, an American Gothic soap opera, premiered on ABC on June 27, 1966.

Throughout the shows run from 1966 – 1971, The Collinwood stand-in mansion used for the TV series was Newport’s Seaview Terrace, also known as the Carey Mansion.

The show, which ran for 7 seasons and 1,225 episodes, depicted the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, where a number of supernatural occurrences take place.

The show continued to enjoy an intense cult following long after it’s original run. In 2004 and 2007, Dark Shadows was ranked #19 and #23 on TV Guide‘s Top Cult Shows Ever, according to TV Guide’s 25 Top Cult Shows.

All seven seasons are now available on hulu, which provides the following description of the show;

“With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966 to 1971, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation of being one of the most unusual and enduring programs in television history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success”.

The Carey Mansion’s fame on Dark Shadows inspired the depiction of the Kingston Mansion in the “What the Hex is Going On?” episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

In 2016, Carey Mansion was used for the filming of The Discovery, which starred Robert Redford.

Up until 2009, Carey Mansion was used as a college dorm for Salve Regina University. Since then, Carey Mansion is privately owned and is not open for tours or visits. In 2021, it was put on the market for $29.9 million.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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