Haunted Vermont Castle ‘They’ll Play Tricks On You’ | Entertainment

PROCTOR — Wilson Castle has been believed to be haunted since Cornell Wilson bought it in 1939. Flag recently joined a group of paranormal investigators led by Ghost Hunts USA at the castle to see what would be discovered.

Doug “Andy” Probst explained the history of the castle – and the ghostly inhabitants. He has been associated with Wilson Castle since he was a child because his parents were friends with the owner and granddaughter of Cornell Wilson, Denise Devine.

“There’s two of us (running the castle), her and me,” Probst said. Probst acts as general guide and castle historian.

Wilson never wanted the public to think the castle was haunted, but according to Probst, he had a Catholic priest bless the castle every spring.

Probst noted that every haunted location is different, but what’s interesting about Wilson Castle is that “there’s nothing evil or demonic here. Nothing tragic happened.”

The castle has six or seven “frequent travelers” who roam the 32 rooms, but a portal in an upstairs closet allows other spirits to enter and leave the castle as they please, he said.

“It’s not like you’re going to be scared out of the door, but they’re going to play a trick on you.”

Guests report hearing distant voices and music. During the investigation this was confirmed. Several of the researchers reported hearing music coming from different floors of the castle.

The castle is 13,131 square feet with 13 fireplaces.

“13 doesn’t really matter here,” Probst said. The expansive space allows different areas of the castle to display different ghosts.

Probst has experienced shadow people under the stairs. He said that while he was washing his hands in the bathroom sink, he looked up in the mirror and saw a shadow moving through the door. It was “clearer than anything because it wasn’t in my peripheral vision, it was behind me,” he said. He shouted so loudly that the tour group in the other room could hear him.

He also shared his least favorite part of the house, the third-floor hallway, where a figure is known to peek its head around the corner. The corridor itself has an energy shift from the rest of the area, he said, adding, “I don’t like it at night.” Probst said.

The servants’ bedrooms are also believed to have a more sinister energy than the rest of the castle.

Probst showed a photo of a ghost child standing behind someone in a mirror.

“You know what sells me in this damn picture? Look at the reflection of his socks on the floor,” he said. And he was right: the ghost is reflected in the mirror and on the wooden floor.

“I would bet our entire reputation on these photos, the fact that they are not fake or tampered with,” Probst said.

History of the castle

The home’s original owner, Sarah Johnson, is one of the castle’s frequent ghost flyers. Sarah and her husband John built the house from 1885 to 1892. They had two children together. Their first child was born in 1887 and died six months later of spinal meningitis. This second child, Elliot, lived to adulthood.

Sarah “never got over the loss of that child,” Probst said. She was also haunted by the belief that her husband never loved her, but only loved her money. When Sarah’s parents cut her off, John leaves Sarah, Elliot, and the castle, never to be heard from again.

Sarah spent several years in the castle and then left around 1900, but returned to the afterlife, he said. She stays in her bedroom, guarding the portal that is in her closet.

“Sarah watches over the portal,” Probst said. He and others believe that she inhabits the castle because she never got over the pain of losing her firstborn child.

Spooky events

Probst told a story of a group of women who stayed overnight in Sarah’s bedroom. The next morning they thanked him for keeping the heat on. They heard the furnace running in the basement and felt the hot air coming out of the grate against the wall. Probst said there was no furnace.

When investigators led by Jackie Kurt of Ghost Hunts USA spent some time in Sarah’s room, it was never confirmed that the group spoke to Sarah. But the group had a new discovery: one of the investigators’ last names came through the device Kurt was using. Then the name of the participants’ grandmother appeared. The investigator ended the hearing in tears.

For the investigation, Kurt brought several investigative tools, such as pendulums and dowsing rods. Participants exchanged stories of talking to Sarah or other spirits, such as a ghost named Christopher who was in the Navy.

Normally, the third floor of the castle is blocked off to visitors, but the group was able to gain access to it. Kurt brought in motion-activated lights and flashlights to facilitate communication with the spirits. Participants asked questions as the flashlights turned on and off, seemingly on their own.

Some people were hit in the back, others heard sounds coming from the walls, and no one left the investigation without believing they had experienced the paranormal.

Paranormal research at the castle allowed Davin and Probst to give the structure some much-needed upgrades. They have focused a lot on repairing the slate roof and exterior brick, and have also fixed some minor cosmetic issues inside the building.

The investigations have drawn people from all over the country, as far away as Washington state. The next paranormal event will be on August 20th, but there are almost always daytime tours. Ask to see the ghosts captured in photographs.

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