Southern Vermont College (formerly known as the Edward Everett Estate) is located in the picturesque village of Bennington, VT . Everett’s fortune was made from becoming the first person to strike oil in Ohio. He married Amy King, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. He built the Estate as a summer mansion in Vermont. According to legend, not long after the estate was built, Everett’s wife Amy, drowned while swimming. Others would claim that her death was a suicide or even a murder. The “official” story as reported, was that she died at their other home in Washington, DC from a prolonged illness, dying during a serious operation.
Everett remarried in 1920 but his three daughters with his first wife, Amy, never got along well with Grace Burnap, his new but younger wife. This resulted in conflict and legal battles when Everett passed away in 1929. The affair over his will was so bitter that it became known as “The Battle of the Bennington Millions”, as it was the largest court case in Vermont. Such a contentious and emotionally charged history perhaps laid the groundwork for the Estate’s paranormal events to come.
The estate became the site of St. Josephs School, a Catholic seminary that closed and became a co-ed college (Southern Vermont College). Some report the ghostly presence of a woman dressed in white who roams the former estate and grounds. She is believed to be the spirit of Everett’s first wife who had died so mysteriously. A couple by the name of Lundoff, lived near the Everett Estate in 1956 and ended their existence in a double suicide. This sad event could only serve to increase the negative energy of the area.
The source of ghostly activity?
According to years of students/staff performing night security, ghostly activity could possibly include Everett himself, his second wife, Grace, and mysterious persons wearing black hooded robes (seen quite often around the area). Common paranormal activities reported, include: smoke filled hallways, lights turning on in rooms that are locked, doors/windows unlocked after being secured during a previous security round, footsteps around the college when no one else is in the building. The 2 main sources of paranormal events in the estate are the 3rd floor and an Abbey room with a strange energy. The second source (now a classroom), was the sleeping quarters for house staff where a maid supposedly hung herself.