There is something about the New England area that just lends itself to spooky urban legends. Vermont is no exception to this rule.
The Hayden Family Curse
There are curses that have been laid on villages that have passed down through the years to continue striking at their targets. But when one is dialed in on a specific family, manages to take out the entire family tree so that no descendants remain and still manages to strike at people today, well, that’s a curse!
Back in early 19th Century Albany, Vermont, William Hayden was a landowner of good means. But even though he had a healthy bank account, he still needed to borrow money from his mother-in-law (who had more money than he did) from time to time. Only thing is, he never seemed to get around to paying her back. A fact she mentioned many times.
When she was struck with a mysterious illness, she accused William of poisoning her. So convinced that she was the victim of a foul murder plot that her last words were: “The Hayden name shall die in the third generation and the last to bear the name shall die in poverty.”
The family died out less than a century later – dead broke. The estate in Albany is said to be home to the spirit of that dead mother-in-law. Music, lights and a host of other paranormal events have been reported down to this very day.
Vermont’s Frozen People
Legend tells of harsh conditions near Montpelier, Vermont that led a poor family of the late 19th Century to take drastic action. Lacking the funds to feed and clothe the eldest members of the clan during harsh winters, the family froze them and buried them.
Oh, don’t be horrified at the prospect. When spring came to Vermont, they dug them back up, thawed them out and they were right as rain. Until winter returned.
Granted Vermont is not a large state, but it seems the Montpelier area is to be avoided. Should you find yourself visiting Green Mount Cemetery you might encounter a statue of Black Agnes.
Whatever you do, do NOT sit on the statue’s lap. Legend says those that do will be dead seven days later. Maybe this is where the idea for the movie The Ring came from?