Haunted In Vermont
Nestled in the corner of New England (USA), Vermont is a small state with a rich history of haunted houses. Not only does Vermont have haunted houses, but it also has haunted bridges, grave markers, and even haunted ghost towns.
On this page I'll include information about several of Vermont's haunted houses. For those who enjoy the paranormal, I'll also include information about Halloween haunted house tours and other activities.
One of the best times of year to visit Vermont is in the fall, during our autumn foliage season. What better way to top off your trip than to visit a haunted house or two while you're here?
Photo courtesy of Sean MacEntee on Flickr
Here in Vermont we have haunted houses, haunted bridges, and many other supposedly-haunted places and things. I've heard some tales that are enough to curl your hair. If you enjoy reading about ghostly things, especially having to do with New England, you may enjoy Haunted Vermont.
The Bowman House is an estate in Cuttingsville, located on Highway 103 in the southern part of central Vermont.
The estate and family cemetery across the road were built by John Bowman, who was a well-to-do farmer in the area. According to information that I found, Mr. Bowman's wife and children were killed under mysterious circumstances in 1880, and it is said that the figure of a woman---possibly Mrs. Bowman?---haunts the house.
Because Mr. Bowman thought his family would come back to him some day, he wanted things to be preserved as they were inside the house. He built a family mausoleum across the street, putting life-size statues of his wife and children inside, while there was a statue of himself outside, as if "watching over" the mausoleum.
He left a will stating that nothing was to be touched in the house, that everything should remain the way it was, so that he and his family might return "home" one day. Some say that his ghost has been encountered on the property. Others say that they have encountered his wife and children.
Visitors to the house have said that if you stand on the dark stain at the top of the stairs, you might experience some eerie feelings of foreboding.
There have been other manifestations in the house, and it is said that it's still haunted.
Photo courtesy of fallingwater123 on Flickr
The Inwood Manor is an inn built near the Connecticut River, south of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
A woman and her child died after drowning in this river, and the new owners of the inn have described their experiences of seeing the figure of a woman who floats up and down the staircase. Sometimes a child is seen too.
The apparition seems friendly, and the inn is said to be, most likely, haunted to this day.
Photo courtesy of barbara_ar on Flickr
The Old Stagecoach Inn is located in Waterbury, in the northern portion of central Vermont.
During the 1920s-1940s, a wealthy woman by the name of Margaret Spencer maintained her private residence at the Old Stagecoach Inn.
When she died at age 98, it seemed that she never left her home, but has "appeared" to people who visit there. She is often seen wearing a white shawl, and doesn't seem to mind that she has to share her house with other guests of the inn.
This photo of Old Stagecoach Inn is courtesy of TripAdvisor
A haunted house at the Shelburne Museum
Back in the early 1780s, around 1781 or 1782, a man named Salmon Dutton built a salt-box house in Cavendish, Vermont. Over the years, he and his family conducted various business ventures from the house, and added several wings to the house to accommodate the business.
In 1950, the Dutton House was the first dwelling brought to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. The house was dismantled in Cavendish, then carefully reassembled once it arrived at the museum. The house was decorated in the style that a New England family from the 1820s would have used.
As far as being haunted, some museum employees are afraid of the Dutton House, and refuse to go into it. One tour guide reported seeing the figure of an unshaved man dressed in a white shirt in a room upstairs. Another claims to have heard a little girl crying.
I've gone through the Dutton House on a trip to the Shelburne Museum, and didn't see, hear, or feel anything out of the ordinary, but who's to say there isn't something there?
Photo by Bill Alexander
Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls, And Unsolved Mysteries is a great guide to all the various haunted, creepy, or just plain weird places and things in Vermont. Joe Citro is a popular author here, and this book is sure to please anybody who is interested in the paranormal happenings around Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and even Quebec, Canada, which is right across the border.
Several places on or around campus are reportedly haunted
Carburs in Burlington
According to Haunted Hovel, Carburs Restaurant in Burlington is haunted because of a man who is reported to have killed himself in the restaurant's basement. It is said that the bullet went through his head and into the wall, and there are now many mysterious, and even creepy, goings-on there.
I don't remember hearing about anybody killing himself in Carburs, and I've eaten there and didn't hear or see anything unusual, so this might require more research to see just what went on there, if anything.
Note: I did check further into this, and though the Carburs haunting is mentioned on several sites, it looks like the same information has been copied from site to site. I didn't find any news about it.
This will have to be left as a "possible" haunting.
Photo taken by me