The Haunted Green Mountain Inn
Located in the center of historic Stowe, Vermont, The Green Mountain Inn has a rich history. It has a perfect blend of classic touches and modern comfort. The Green mountain Inn was originally built in 1833 by Peter C. Lovejoy. Lovejoy didn't hold onto the property for long though as he traded it with a man named Stillman Churchill for a 350 acres farm. Churchill changed the name to Mansfield house and added a double front porch, two brick wings and a large dance hall. The building changed hands again and was renamed but operated as a hotel until it was bought by Mark C Lovejoy in 1893.
Throughout the years several renovations and additions to the Inn were added. The Inn today remains as an operating Inn and is very highly recommended. Stunning rooms and fascinating pieces if history throughout the building are reason enough to come to this beautiful building. The story of former Inn horseman – now ghost – Boots Berry and his need to tap his way across the Inn’s roof in bad weather is the stuff of intrigue no self-respecting historic New England Inn should be without.
Specifically, the history component that is strongly associated with the hauntings has to do with the son of an Inn chambermaid and horseman, Boots. He was born in 1840 in Room 302 of the Inn’s third floor servants’ quarters and grew up to be a respected horseman himself. He realized local fame when he saved stagecoach passengers from certain doom when the coach’s horses bolted down Stowe’s Main Street one day. Deemed a hero and awarded a medal, Boots was lauded throughout the county and from then on found he was never in need of buying his own drinks again.Drink proved his downfall, however, and Boots was dismissed from the Inn for neglecting his duties. He took to wandering the country and got his nickname when a fellow prisoner in a New Orleans jail taught him to tap dance. Boots eventually drifted back to Stowe. As fate would have it, in 1902 Boots happened to be on hand to save a little girl who was stranded on the Inn’s roof during a snowstorm. Remembering a secret childhood route to the rooftop, Boots reached the girl and lowered her to safety before slipping and falling to his death – from the roof above Room 302. Legend has it that Boots’ rooftop tap dancing steps can still be heard today during a snowstorm.
Legend has it that on certain nights, when snowstorms rumble through Stowe, the faint sound of someone tap dancing on the roof of the Green Mountain Inn can be heard over the howling wind. Some say that someone is the ghost of Boots Berry, in life a hell-raising hoofer who fell off the roof to his death while trying to rescue a stranded hotel guest during a violent snowstorm. During similar blizzards, Boots returns to the site of the accident—just above room 302.
Green Mountain Inn
18 Main Street,
Stowe, VT 05672
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