Tis the season for haunted
happenings…. Vermont is full of spooky haunted places from Burlington to
Bristol, from Brattleboro to Bennington, Through Calais and Castleton and
Dorset through Norwich. Don’t forget
Stowe and Waterbury and so many more. Towns
throughout our great state have their stories of the super naturals that stake
claim to their inn’s, homes, restaurants and the occasional bridges and as
Vermonters, at least speaking for myself, I can’t get enough of the stories and
legends and might even welcome an experience or two. If you want a chance to perhaps see what the
fuss is all about make a trip to these haunted locations.
If you are a true Vermonter then
you likely know the places in Burlington that continues to spook people to this
day. One such place is the Ice House
Restaurant on lower Battery St. in Burlington.
This building used to be the home of a ship builder back in the early
1800’s and actually burned down in 1868.
Now, no deaths were reported in the actual fire but the building that
went up after that had several reported deaths and with those deaths brings
hauntings till this day. The foundation
was still intact from the original house and in its place, built from the
foundation a large ice house, essentially a large cooler was created to harvest
blocks of ice from Lake Champlain. This
ice was used for refrigeration throughout the warmer months. Now, many laborers died in the ice house from
ice blocks falling or sliding and crushing them. To this day, workers at the Ice House
Restaurant claim to see apparitions or hear the sound of ice blocks being
dragged across the floors. A long time
cook at the restaurant says it’s normal to hear or see the unexplained at work
and it really doesn't bother them much any longer.
The next place in Burlington that
the locals know is haunted is American Flatbread. This location has had so many unexplained occurrences
that now female workers are told to not go down into the basement unattended as
the ghosts seem to direct their energy to the female workers mostly. Female workers have reported feeling touched
while down in the basement as well as feeling a cold burst of air that lifts
their skirts. Another female worker
reported putting a tray of glasses away at the bar, turning around for a moment
to then look back to the bar and seeing a pyramid of those same glasses
assembled on the bar top. There are two
theories of who might be haunting American Flatbread. One, the less likely one is a past employee,
not of American Flatbread but of another restaurant that was in the same
location who went into the basement and shot himself, it is said that the bullet
is still lodged in the brick in the basement.
The other might be the rum runners of the 1800’s. There used to be tunnels underground some of
which led to American Flatbread that the rum runners would bring alcohol from
the lake up to the town. These folks
were rough and rowdy and many died in the tunnels and so it’s thought that
these unsavory folks might be the ones that are messing with the ladies of American
Flatbread and I’m sure any future business that chooses to claim stake to this
Lastly, another spooky location to
visit is “Emily’s Bridge” in Stowe VT. Also
known as Gold Brook Bridge. It was build
back in 1844 and is claimed to be one of the oldest covered bridges in America
if not the oldest. Back in 1849 Emily
Smith a young local women fell in love with a gentleman that her parents didn't approve of. Emily was willing to give everything
up for this man and run away with him.
They were set to meet at the bridge to run away and get married and
start a life together. Legend has it
that her love did not show and instead left a letter saying that he decided to
marry another and that unfortunately they were not going to be married. Emily was distraught and ended up hanging
herself in the bridge. Fast-forward to present
day. People have reported seeing an apparition floating in the middle of the
bridge, or when they pass through the bridge feeling painful afflictions,
feeling heavy sorrow, pain in their neck, and even having their cars scratched.
So, if you are interested in
experiencing some ghostly encounters, start with these places if you dare!
Author:Ryan Miller Phone: 802-999-6983 Dated: October 31st 2014 Views: 346 About Ryan: Coming from a family with countless years of real estate experience, I knew my calling early. After ...
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