12 Terrifying Ghost Stories And Legends From Vermont

When you think of Vermont, you think of sprawling farms and looming mountains, painting a vivid picture of why Vermont is one of the best states for camping. But don't be fooled - Vermont is home to a plethora of creepy tales and ghost stories. From haunted insane asylums and bridges to curses and deadly statues, Vermont urban legends have a life of their own. Creepy Vermont tales are unlike any other, and if you want to see a strange grave, have your car scratched by a ghost, or glimpse one of the most often sighted sea monsters in the world, you can do it here. 

Unlike other scary stories across the US, such as creepy legends in Alaska, Vermont's dark tales have a quirky whimsy. The urban legends from Vermont range from the entirely mythical, to the just plausible enough to make you wonder if there really is a ghost or Pigman waiting in the dark. If you are ready to get spooked, take a look at a list of these chilling and strange haunts tucked away in Vermont. If you're ever up north, be on the lookout because there truly is a haunted house almost everywhere you turn.  


  • Brattleboro Retreat

    Battleboro Retreat was built in 1834 as the Vermont Asylum for the insane. It later became a private psychiatric hospital that is allegedly incredibly haunted. The most notorious portion of the campus is Retreat Tower, a building built in 1887 by the actual patients. Many patients jumped to their deaths while building the tower and the exact number of suicides is a closely guarded secret.

    Today, the tower is sealed off for most of the year. However, a ghostly figure can sometimes be seen leaping from the top of the tower, only to disappear before it hits the ground. 

  • Deep Frozen Folks

    Known for heavy snow and treacherous storms, only the hardiest can stick it out through an entire Vermont winter. According to legend, thrifty Vermonters found a strange way to save money and conserve resources during the state's long and bitter winters. In the olden days, residents would apparently freeze their old folks at the start of winter and then thaw them out in the spring. 

  • The Hayden Family Curse

    Legend has it that many years ago, a curse destroyed the entire Hayden family. The curse was laid by William Hayden's mother-in-law, Mercie Dale. Hayden lived a lavish lifestyle, owning so much land and such a large house that he couldn't afford to keep everything he owned without borrowing huge sums of money from his wealthy mother-in-law. He asked for more and more for years without ever paying a cent of it back.  

    Things only got worse when Dale fell ill and thought that Hayden was poisoning her. On her death bed, she cursed the family. She said that the Hayden name would die in the third generation and the last to have the name would live in poverty. The curse came true, as the last of the Haydens died in poverty in 1927. Ever since then, the house has been haunted by misfortune, as fires seem to mysteriously start themselves on the property. 

  • Champ: The Lake Champlain Sea Monster

    Lake Champlain is known for its beauty and for its lake monster, Champ. Sightings of a lake monster date back to the original Native Americans who inhabited the area. Both the Iroquois and Abenaki tribes spoke of a monster in the lake. Reports of what Champ looks like vary wildly: a creature with the head of a sea horse that's over 100 feet long; a watery beast with a star on its forehead; and a serpent with silvery scales no bigger than 35 feet. In 1992 alone, over 600 people claimed to have seen Champ and the creature is protected by law on both the New York and Vermont sides of the lake. 

  • The Ghosts Of The Golden Stage Inn Bed And Breakfast

    The Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast is a charming B&B today. However, according to legend, it once was a stop on the Underground Railroad. They say that a male and female ghost from the early days of America haunt the inn, and people have seen the female ghost brushing her hair on numerous occasions. 

  • Emily's Bridge

    Gold Brook Bridge, also known as Emily's Bridge, is a covered bridge in Stowe, Vermont, that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman named Emily who died there. Some say that she was a jilted lover who hung herself. Others say that after being abandoned by her groom on her wedding day, she died in an accident on the bridge on her way to confront him. 

    Regardless of how Emily died, her presence is strongly felt on the bridge. Emily scratches cars that pass through at night and is known to leave marks on passersby. On the bridge, you can hear footsteps, ropes tightening, and a girl screaming. People who park their cars on the bridge at night hear dragging sounds across the top of their car.