|Front of bridge, turning from Gold Brook Road (left turn over the bridge) to Stowe Hollow Road.|
|Back side of bridge from Stowe Hollow Road|
There are several stories which try to explain the legend of what exactly happened at this bridge. One is that Emily's fiancee on their wedding day was thrown from his horse and he died. Emily was heartbroken and hung herself on the bridge. Another story is that Emily fell in love, bought a beautiful wedding dress, arrived at the church but the groom never showed up. A jilted distraught Emily took the family wagon, beating the horses so that they were traveling at a high rate of speed. She didn't negotiate the turn to the bridge correctly and she and the horses drove off the bank, plunging to their deaths on the rocks below. A third variation has a homely Emily pregnant with twins. Her father demanded that the man marry her. He chose to kill himself rather than marry Emily. She supposedly delivered the babies, then hung herself on the bridge. One woman claims to have made up the whole Emily story to keep her children off the bridge.
Experts that have visited the bridge have not found any compelling evidence of paranormal activity, but local residents and visitors report scratches on both people and cars that park in the bridge. From what I've read, Emily's hostility is focused towards men. I have read about men that were scratched and have seen photos they have posted on one of the several Emily's Bridge websites. People also claim to have heard a woman screaming, strange noises coming from inside the bridge and banging noises of Emily hitting the outside of vehicles. There are even reports of something being dragged on the tops of cars. Wikipedia says most paranormal activity takes place between dusk and 9pm, while another website claims activity peaks from midnight to 3am.
We visited the bridge on three consecutive days, August 8, 9 and 10, 2013. On our second visit, August 9 at approximately 10:30 pm, my husband parked the minivan across the street on Stowe Hollow Road facing the front of the bridge. He shut off the van, but left the lights on. I took some photos as we all walked in the bridge, calling out to Emily. All of a sudden the car lights went out and we were in blackness. My heart stopped for a second and then pounded. My older son said the hairs on the back of his neck stood up, while my younger son was unfazed. My husband, who emphatically denies the existence of anything supernatural said "whoa". And within a few seconds the lights came back on. We turned towards the car just in time to see a car passing on Gold Brook Road, temporarily blocking the lights from our car. Whew. We all had a good laugh going back to the resort. On the third night we went to the bridge at approximately the same time, 10:30 pm, and my Nikon would not fire until I was away from the bridge, but other than that, nothing eventful seemed to happen.
|On our first visit on August 8, we walked through the bridge - nothing happened.|
Heading back home from Vermont, we stopped in Montpelier for dinner. We were telling the waitress about the bridge and she had heard of it. She said she never believed in ghosts, but that her mother and some friends went to the bridge. They took some photos and when developed, they found a face in the photos. I was a little bummed out because I had been hoping to see some kind of evidence of Emily.
Once we were home and unpacked, I uploaded several days of iPhone photos on my computer. I noticed on the series of photos I took that first night, there seemed to be a face on the left side of the bridge. One photo showed the face pretty clearly, and on another photo with my sons and husband in the bridge, it looked like the eyes were following them. One photo also looked blurred on the side where the face was and the rest of the photo was noticeably sharper. Since it was dark and the photos were taken with the phone, they are not too clear. I have put the original photos along with cropped versions. They have not been edited or altered.
Do YOU believe in ghosts? Do you see a face too? Are the lights playing tricks on me? Or am I just seeing things?
|Is this Emily?|
|Hazy on the left side but not on the right.|
|Is she watching them? Or me?|