Emily’s Bridge, aka Gold Brook Covered Bridge, or Stowe Hollow Bridge is located in Stowe, VT. The legend is probably the most famous Vermont “ghost story” of all. The origin was the late 1950’s or early 1960’s and was most likely created by local teenagers. Whether it is factual or not remains debatable to this day. There are several variations of “Emily’s” story including one that Emily was waiting for her boyfriend at the bridge. Her parents disapproved of the relationship, the boyfriend never showed up to meet here there, so Emily hanged herself from the bridge rafters, in despair. Another variation of the story says that she was thrown from her horse on the bridge and fell upon the rocks below.
Regardless of which story may be true, or perhaps none of them are, people report strange activity at the bridge including footsteps, a girl screaming, scratch marks on vehicles passing across the bridge or other odd events. Personally, I’ve been through Emily’s Bridge several times and never heard or seen anything unusual at all. These days, the Town of Stowe has implemented an ordinance to keep people away from the bridge at night, due to the noise caused by would be “ghost hunters” and those looking for a place to have a party. Here are a few videos. Judge for yourself. The first couple videos are a “reenactment” of some of the story versions.
And this one’s kind of fun!