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The 6 Most Haunted Places In Vermont

Introduction

Nobody does ghosts like New England does in the United States, and Vermont does her part to preserve that illustrious history. Vermont offers a plethora of tales to occupy the time of a paranormal investigator, ranging from the tragic tale of a lost love to the mischievous experimentation of an innovator beyond death. Which locations in Vermont are the most paranormal? We’ll discuss this and more as you read on.

West Castleton

Situated near Lake Bomoseen, West Castleton was a bustling community of Irish immigrants employed in the nearby slate quarries. Quarry workers would cross the lake to party at a pub on the other side after a hard day’s labor. Three quarry workers crossed the lake one night in spite of impending inclement weather. Eventually, the boat drifted to the other beach, but the three men were gone. Their remains were never found, although it is believed that they drowned. It is reported that, on full moon evenings, you may occasionally spot a boat floating still down the lake with its oars sinking in and out of the water and no one visible on board.

You can visit West Castleton, an abandoned ghost town, while visiting Lake Bomseen State Park.

Brattleboro Retreat Tower (Vermont Asylum for the Insane)

Originally known as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, the Brattleboro Retreat was established in 1834. Later in the century, the name was changed to Brattleboro Retreat to avoid confusion with an asylum operated by the state. As the doctors believed that the labor performed by the asylum’s residents would be healing and that the tower’s fresh air would be revitalizing—a kind of tonic for the soul—they had the asylum’s residents build the tower. Even while it was first a well-liked hangout for the community, vandalism and delinquency quickly followed. When neighborhood boys started gathering near the tower to discharge weapons and eventually shot a dog that belonged to one of the retreat’s doctors in the leg, it was bricked up in 1938.

Apart from a New York Metropolitan Opera cellist who successfully committed suicide, there were also rumors of patients falling to their deaths by lept. One of the spirits that are visible close to the tower is said to jump from the top, but it is never seen to land. Others claim that being close to the tower gives them a hazy, uneasy feeling. There’s a cemetery nearby where some of the graves are simply identified by numbers or “unknown.”

The tower is situated in the center of a network of paths that are run by a nonprofit organization in addition to the retreat, even though the retreat itself still exists.

Emily’s Bridge

Perhaps the oldest covered bridge in the United States is Emily’s Bridge, sometimes called the Gold Brook Bridge, which was constructed near Stowe, Vermont, in 1844. The historical significance of this charming wooden bridge that spans the Gold Brook is possible. Still, the majority of visitors are drawn to it because of its eerie importance.

According to legend, a young lady named Emily planned to elope in the late 1800s after meeting her suitor at the bridge, despite the young man’s family disapproving of her. According to one account, her horse either threw her off or crushed her. Another claims that she hanged herself from the bridge rafters out of grief after feeling abandoned by her love. Many people nowadays, including paranormal enthusiasts, report seeing unusual apparitions at the bridge. Some people say that when they crossed the bridge, they were physically scratched. Some report discovering odd dings on their cars afterwards.

The story is still the subject of some debate. Around 1948, ghost stories started to circulate without mentioning the ghost’s name. Nancy Wolfe Stead, a local, added that she had made the “Emily” version in the 1970s just to frighten kids. However, the mythology has now gained traction and is attractive to paranormal investigators worldwide.

Just before Covered Bridge Road joins Gold Brook Road, to the south of Stowe, is where you’ll find the bridge.

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

When the Equinox was first established in 1769, it was known as the Marsh Tavern. At the time, revolutionaries frequented the area, and once the owner swore allegiance to the British, they took control of it. The inn underwent multiple ownership and name changes prior to being renamed the Equinox House in 1853. U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, and other well-known visitors have stayed at the inn over the years.

Its almost legendary status stems in large part from First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s visit there during the Civil War. She booked rooms for a year afterward since she had such a great time. Sadly, President Lincoln was killed before they could enjoy the Equinox’s pleasures once more. Workers claim to have witnessed a young child and Mary Todd Lincoln’s spirit wandering through the rooms. Some have reported hearing whispering or feeling a chill in the air. Visitors in their rooms have complained about lights being on in the middle of the night or about objects being moved around the room without their knowledge.

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa does not offer any spirit-related activities, but you can still reserve a room there to indulge in the kind of pampering that impressed Mary Todd Lincoln, and who knows, maybe even catch her eye.

Hartness House Inn

James Hartness, a former governor of Vermont and inventor, constructed the Hartness House. He had tunnels excavated beneath the estate and out to a telescope on the front lawn when the mansion was erected. These tunnels were to serve as his workshops and offices. They had a study, lounge, restroom, and library as well. The Hartness-Porter Museum of Amateur Telescope Making is currently located in these tunnels.

Guests at the Inn have reported hearing subterranean clanking sounds. They have also reported lights flickering on and off at random and objects in rooms going missing just to return elsewhere. Some people think that James Hartness’s ghost is still active in his subterranean studio, tinkering and creating new things.

Hartness House is both a residence and a hotel. Bookings for stays are available on their website. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out the telescope museum.

The Shelburne Museum

Electra Havemeyer Webb assembled a group of buildings and structures in 1947 to create the Shelburne Museum. Her dream was to establish an American arts and design museum. This comprised, among other things, homes, barns, a school, a covered bridge, a lighthouse, the steamer Ticonderoga, and a jail. To highlight their designs, these were thoughtfully placed in a village-like environment and planted. The museum itself dates from 1947, yet each of the different buildings has a history of its own. This would presumably include their experiences with the paranormal.

The Dutton House, the first home transferred to the museum location, was first built for the Dutton family in 1781. Before it was moved in 1950, generations of people lived and died in the house. There is a legend that the spirit of a small child and an elderly ghost with a cane traveled with them. There have been reports of hearing the small girl sobbing on the grounds and seeing both ghosts attending visits.

The Shelburne Museum is a fascinating example of Atlantic Coast Americana that is definitely worth visiting, regardless of whether you believe these stories or not.