07/21/12

The Legend of Emily’s Bridge

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Located in Stowe, Vermont, Gold Brook Bridge, aka Emily’s Bridge, is nearly 170 years old. The wooden structure has witnessed a lot of history throughout the years, including the tragic death of a jilted young woman said to haunt the bridge to this day.

The legend of Emily’s Bridge is similar to legends surrounding other haunted properties – a beautiful young woman is abandoned at the altar and her grief proves too much to bear. Devastated by the betrayal, the jilted bride either takes her own life or dies in a tragic accident. In the case of Emily’s Bridge, both endings have found their way into local lore.

According to one tale, a young woman named Emily donned a red dress on her wedding day and waited for her betrothed to arrive at the church. The groom never showed, and in a fit of grief, Emily fled with the family wagon. Furious and heartbroken, the distracted young woman missed a crucial turn and crashed into the brook, killing herself and the horses drawing her carriage. Another version of the tale says Emily planned to meet her fiancé at the bridge, but the young man never showed. Devastated, Emily fetched a length of rope and hanged herself from the rafters.

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