Halloween Tale: Emily’s Bridge

New England is known for having many haunted locations filled with folk lore and legend. Emily’s Bridge in Stowe, Vermont is just one of those places. Originally called Gold Brook Bridge, this covered bridge became known for the ghost who haunts it. There are several different stories as to how Emily was killed on this bridge. One story recalls that she had planned to meet her lover at the bridge and then elope. When he never showed she succinctly hung herself from the bridge. Another says that she was jilted at the alter and madly rode away from the chapel in a carriage that turned over while turning onto the bridge where she plummeted down the banks to her death. And still another tale claims that the disgruntled mother of her fiance brutally murdered her on the bridge.  Although there is no historical evidence that Emily ever existed, her haunting was first mentioned in 1968 by a highschool student who encountered her while using a Ouiji board. Since then many others have confessed to being stunned by a ghostly presence on the bridge. Paranormal activities that have been reported includes scratches on sightseers cars with have parked on the bridge; noises such as footsteps, crying, and ropes tightening; someone banging on the car or a body dragging over it while driving over the bridge; and the appearance of a white apparition. Most of these were reported between the hours of midnight at 3:30am which may have been around the time poor Emily was killed.

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  1. Wore Out

    I love that you gave Emily’s Bridge a shout out! This is a popular Vermont legend that had dozens of my friends cruising out to Stowe late night in search for Emily’s ghost! I still haven’t gotten up the courage to head there myself but mention Emily’s bridge and almost every Vermonter has a story to tell about it. Great post and I’m so excited I found your blog!

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