Claude Rains was nominated for four Academy Awards; acted alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Jimmy Stewart, and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, and Irwin Allen. He’s perhaps most known for playing the titular character in the 1933 Universal Studio picture, The Invisible Man.
In 1967, at the age of 77, Rains died at his home in New Hampshire was buried in the tiny Red Hill Cemetery in Moultonborough, a small town on the northern point of Lake Winnipesaukee. The cemetery is surrounded by a white picket fence, and has only a handful of graves. It’s bracketed on three sides by houses, so it looks like an empty house lot.
The easiest way to get the graveyard is to use the address of the house across the street from the cemetery: 289 Bean Road. Rains is buried beside the last of his six wives, Rosemary, under a unique pair of matching four-foot-tall, bullet-shaped obsidian tombstones of Rains’s own design.
His house is located on Rt. 109 in nearby Sandwich, at the intersection of Little Pond Road and Wentworth Hill Road. The large colonnaded white house is still a private residence.
Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker
- The New England Grimpendium: http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Grimpendium-J-Ocker/dp/0881509191/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279457058&sr=8-1