In Stowe, Vermont lies a covered bridge they call “Emily’s Bridge.” There are several versions of Emily’s sad tale. Some versions say that Emily and her boyfriend were meeting at the bridge to elope, since her parents did not approve. He never came, and she hung herself from a rafter. Another version says Emily was left at the wedding alter. She hopped on a carriage to find her love. When she reached the bridge, one of the horses was startled and she died in an accident. Some versions say she was killed by runaway horses on the way to her wedding. Whatever way you put it: Emily reached a tragic fate.
Visitors to the bridge have reported scratch marks on their cars and bodies, and strange noises (footsteps, ropes tightening, girl screaming). If you park your car on the bridge you might hear banging on the car or her body’s feet dragging on the car’s roof.
THE GREY MAN
In Pawley’s Island, SC lore exists a story of a man known to locals as The Gray Man. This man is said to have been returning from the war to marry his lifetime sweetheart, when a storm surge rushed the beach and he was knocked from his horse, sustaining a broken neck and dying there in the surf. Two nights later, when his love was walking the beach, he appeared to her in an attempt to warn her away from the coast due to a hurricane’s approach. Since then, locals say he appears to warn against hurricane surges.
The Bellamy Bridge
In Mariana, FL a legend of a tragic love story has evolved from what may be a true story. The legend holds that a young woman named Elizabeth was to be married to a man named Samuel, and their love knew no boundaries. On the night of their wedding, Elizabeth’s wedding dress caught on fire, and she was very badly burned. She didn’t make it, and was buried in the family cemetery. The story of their tragic love ends, however, that her grave couldn’t smother the love she had for her husband and she wanders the swamps surrounding the Bellamy Bridge.
Minnie Quay was the 15-year-old daughter of James and Maryann Quay. They lived in Forester, Michigan, so they often saw boats coming and out of town. Minnie fell in love with a sailor (not much is known about him), and her parents disapproved of this crush. One day, word came to town that his boat sank. Minnie was quite distraught, especially since her parents had forbidden her to say good-bye when he last left. Some time after, she was babysitting her infant brother for her parents. She left her house and walked towards the waterfront. People near the town inn, The Tanner House, waved as she walked by. Suddenly, their friendly faces turned to faces of horror as she walked into Lake Huron.
Legend says she still walks the beach, waiting for her sailor to return. More frightening versions say she lures young girls towards the water, and towards their deaths.