Bowman House, Highway 103, Cuttingsville, Vermont
Visit the haunted house book shop
on the grounds.
Located in south-central Vermont, Bowman
Mansion is a large estate, including a family mausoleum Laurel Glen
Cemetery, all of which was originally built and owned by a wealthy farmer,
Tanning Magnate John P Bowman. Because Mr. Bowman thought of the future,
he left a substantial endowment in his will to keep the mansion and
grounds in tip- top shape. Visiting Bowman House is like stepping back
into the 1800s, making it a favorite of people who are interested in
history of the era, and love old houses, and take the tours of the Bowman
House, now a museum.
On the grounds across the road from
the Bowman house, John P. Bowman, out of grief for his dead family,
built the Laurel Glen Mausoleum in 1880, specifically to hold the remains
of his wife and children, including a life-size statue of him, flowers
in hand, walking up the steps in grief. His kneeling likeness can also
be seen outside the door, holding a wreath and key. Mr. Bowman hired
125 sculptors and stonecutters, who spent more than a year to complete
the unusual granite and marble mausoleum, completed in 1881.
HISTORY of Manifestations
Tragedy hit the Bowman family in 1880,
as Bowman's wife and children died in an unknown matter. Perhaps an
outbreak of typhoid or some other disease killed his family, or they
suffered some sort of accident; (horse buggy, etc.) or attack, as there
was a mysterious dark spot (blood?) found at the top of the stairs,
which gives sensitive visitors unpleasant feelings.
1) An apparition of an unknown woman,
perhaps Mrs. Bowman, has been seen throughout the mansion, going about
her business. Perhaps she died before she could complete a long list
of chores to do, and she can't let go of this world because she died
before she was ready.
2) Visitors who stand at the top
of the staircase on a darkened stain, experience uneasy feelings of
"forbodence and dread." Perhaps this stain is connected to
the family deaths.
While visiting the mansion, one
must mind his or her manners, as misbehavior will sometimes be dealt
with. A young visitor who was taking a tour of the mansion with her
family, stuck her tongue out at a picture, which then came off the wall
and hit her, in full view of several people. Children need to be corrected
and if parents won't do it, an unseen presence in this house, perhaps
Mrs. Bowman will gladly step in and provide this parental service!
No one alive is allowed to be there
at night, so the presences there can enjoy their house. There is a haunted
house book shop on the grounds of the Bowman House, as the unseen residents
have obviously inspired interest in ghosts.