Vermont’s Haunted Homes

Posted by RMNP Marketing on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 10:21am.

 by Amelia Schumacher
 

It’s that time of year again where ghosts and ghouls are around every corner. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, there is an incredible history of ghost tales from every culture. Here in Vermont, there are many ancient homes have a history of their own… if you choose to believe, these stories will give you chills. 

 

Hayden House – Albany, VT

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The beautiful red-brick Hayden House was built by Will Hayden, the only surviving son of William and Silence Hayden. The Albany property was cursed after Silence’s mother, Mercie Dale, became incredibly ill. After pointing the blame on William for her declining health, Mercie set a curse on the family that would cause them to die out in three generations and end in economic ruin. Visitors claim to see lights flicker on the property that may be either ghosts of the family or, some say, illegal slave immigrants of the family.  



American Flatbread – Burlington, VT

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The popular wood-fired pizza joint in Burlington has had its share of supernatural episodes after the previous owners sold the restaurant in 2004. What was previously Carbur’s Restaurant became a dark place of haunting experiences that terrified the American Flatbread staff.

The staff reported strange incidents during the first two years of ownership – doors locking themselves, a wreath flying across the room, and a cold presence that could not be ignored. 

Although the restaurant is now reportedly ghost-free, there is still some speculation as to why the property is haunted. There were several dishwashers that turned against themselves and a cook that took his own life decades earlier. Many claim to still feel a negative energy exert from the building. 


 

Golden Stage Inn – Proctorsville, VT

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Originally built as a stagecoach stop in the 18th century, this building retains its rustic charm as a cozy Vermont Inn. After its use as an Underground Railroad stop, the property allegedly became privately owned by the well-known Universalist minister Reverend Warren Skinner and his family, including Broadway actor Otis Skinner and his daughter, Cornelia Otis Skinner.  

Proctorsville residents claim the existence of two ghosts, one of which seems to have an obsession with brushing her long hair. The strange energy in the building is noticed by the current innkeepers, Mike and Julie-Lynn Wood, who purchased the property in 2010. 



Green Mountain Inn – Stowe, VT

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The story behind the haunting at the Green Mountain Inn begins during a particularly snowy day during the 1800’s. The ghost of Boots Berry, a former Inn horseman, is known to tap across the Inn’s roof during Vermont’s snowstorms.

Boots was born at the Inn in room 302, the son to a chambermaid and horseman. He grew up to be quite the horseman himself, reaching his claim to fame by saving the life of a young girl who was trapped on the roof of the Inn during a snowstorm. Although Boots was able to spare the life of the girl, he fell to his death as he slipped from the roof right above room 302. If you listen closely, you can still hear Boots stompin’ up a storm. 



Dutton House (Shelburne Museum) - Shelburne, VT 

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The Shelburne Museum is easily one of Vermont’s favorite tourist destinations, a hub of America’s historic paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles. The Dutton house resides on the premises, although it originally was located in Cavendish, Vermont. Built in 1782, it became deserted and was eventually relocated – piece by piece – to the Shelburne Museum in 1950.

The house is occupied by a spirit that refuses to leave the property, a ghost that has been sighted by many employees of the museum. Some tour guides refuse to enter the Dutton house after hearing the sound of creaky footsteps on the floorboards, the apparition of an old man with a scruffy beard, or the voice of a little girl crying. 



Converse Hall - University of Vermont

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There are many buildings within the state’s university that claim to be haunted, but none so famously so as Converse Hall. The dramatic and gothic architecture provide an eerie feeling to many students staying on-campus in this dormitory during the school year. The building was constructed in 1895 by Wilson Bros., and was named after the generous John Heman Converse (class of 1861) who commissioned the piece with his monumental financial contributions.

In the early 1920’s, a student named Henry took his own life in the attic of Converse Hall and remains to this day to haunt the place. Residents of the building have reported lights flickering, doors slamming, typewriters typing themselves, and furniture rearranging itself. Converse hall is not the only haunted building on campus – the UVM admissions building on South Prospect St. has it’s own spirit roaming the halls.  



Eddy House (High Life Ski Club Lodge) – Chittenden, VT

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The High Life Ski Club Lodge has a history of being haunted since 1874, back when it belonged to the Eddy family. The Eddys were decedents of psychics and the children embodied strange behavior including disappearing from cribs, playing with ghost children, and speaking to spirits. The Eddy family eventually opened the house as the Green Tavern Inn, which housed the haunted spirits.  

The farmhouse now resides as a ski lodge for the High Life Ski Club with 11 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a rustic living room with a stone fireplace, a dining room, and a large country porch. 



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