Next time I'm in Vermont I wouldn't mind popping in for a tour of the interior of the State House but alas, this time I was on a mission and I was bound and determined to make it over to Stowe in a timely manner. There were covered bridges waiting somewhere in the woods for me while the sun was shining brightly so I merely took a couple shots of the outside edifice, got back in the car, and made my GPS unit happy by heading back in the right direction!
After a quick stop for gas and a soda, I drove into the picturesque Lower Village of Stowe less than 45 minutes later and began my search for Emily's Bridge which, according to my printout, was located off of Route 100 - the main road I had come in on. There were pretty houses -
Fortunately I didn't slide off into a ditch while making my way up and down some rather steep roads that had to be what driving on a Slip n' Slide would be like and about ten minutes later I finally pulled up to the Gold Brook Bridge aka Emily's Bridge -
The legend is said to have begun in 1849 and since then the bridge has been haunted with what is rumored to be the ghost of a very angry Emily. Some of the events that people have reported include scratches on passing wagons and now cars, a woman’s voice has been heard in the bridge either screaming or crying or asking for help, strange lights have been seen in and around the bridge, ghostly figures have been seen, and some have even reported hearing the sound of something dragging across the roof of their vehicle as they drive across the bridge which they assume to be the sound of Emily’s hanging feet dragging across the top of car.
Ah well, with a view to the east from the bridge like this -
it still made for a darned enjoyable day and there were still more bridges to be found even if they weren't of the haunted variety. With tourist map in hand and the GPS programmed with a target destination, I set off down the muddy road to continue my adventure.