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Creepy Haunted Castle in Vermont - Wilson Castle

Updated on October 28, 2015
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Wilson Castle in central Vermont is haunted

Haunted castle in Proctor, Vermont
Haunted castle in Proctor, Vermont

Wilson Mansion Haunted Castle in Proctor, Vermont

There's a spooky haunted castle in Proctor, Vermont: Wilson Castle. The Wilson Castle, with its 32 furnished but unoccupied rooms, dark and cold catacombs and century-plus secrets, is said to be haunted and the castle has been visited by ghost hunter teams several times to capture evidence that it really is haunted. The haunted Vermont castle has resident ghosts and it's not just a Victorian mansion but a true castle, built with turrets and towers and stained glass windows, creepy tales about former owners, and an organ that plays eerie music.

Wilson Castle is an English-style mansion built in the late 1800s and well-known for its paranormal activity and haunted history. This genuine Vermont haunted castle sits high above a country road just ten minutes from downtown Rutland, Vermont. The sprawling mansion sits back from the road on a simple meadow-like lawn in Proctor, a small town most famous as the home of the Vermont Marble Museum. Across the road from the castle are three buildings that formerly housed the stable, carriage house and employee residences. Towering above these outbuildings is a huge radio tower - still in use for local FM broadcasts and cell service.

Is Wilson Castle Haunted? - Paranormal Investigators Say Yes, Wilson Castle is Haunted.

Side entry view, Wilson Castle
Side entry view, Wilson Castle

Is Wilson Castle haunted? Many people believe it is genuinely haunted. If you search for haunted castle in Vermont, Wilson Castle pops up. Paranormal researchers have found activity evidence at Wilson Castle. Visitors express various feelings of creepiness when they visit the castle, especially if they happen to be at the castle at night and venture into one or more of the the non-public rooms in the 32-room mansion.

Paranormal investigators - ghost hunters - have recorded EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) at ghost hunting sessions in Wilson Castle. Visitors report they've felt something or someone touch them when they're alone, in specific rooms. Others report sounds of someone playing a game of billiards on the second floor antique pool table - when nobody at all is on the second floor. So the question is what or Who haunts the Wilson Castle? Does the spirit of the doctor/hypnotist still roam around its 32 rooms, or is it the ghost of a construction worker, former servant, long-dead relative, guest or former land owner or settler want to communicate with visitors?

Ghosts abound in the 32 rooms visited by the Four Seasons interactive electric dream-like experience in this video

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Wilson castle gable window
Wilson castle gable window

History of Wilson Castle

Still owned by the Wilson family heirs, open for tours and ghost hunts

Wilson Castle is in a slight stage of decay on the exterior, but its interior is in surprisingly good shape. All furnishings and most fixtures in Wilson Castle of Vermont are original and in working order. The castle is furnished with the original Victorian lighting fixtures and many pieces of fine art as well as musical instruments, European antiques and sculpture. The castle's owner and nonprofit foundation are working on exterior restorations of the brick work and architectural features. You can purchase one of the original bricks (imported from England) that are being replaced with more climate-resistant Vermont-made bricks to help with the restoration efforts.

To take a tour of this brick fortress built on a marble foundation is to take a step back in time. We took a guided tour in September 2011 on a pleasantly sunny day. Our visit was timely, just after Hurricane Irene passed through the area and just prior to the September 2011 Ghost Hunt at Wilson Castle.

The official history taken from the Wilson Castle web site gives a brief summary of its construction, furnishings and ownership. If you take a tour you'll learn much more from the knowledgeable guide. I've included insider details about the castle (in parentheses) based on information he shared with us during our tour through the first and second floor areas open to the public.

The castle was constructed and furnished in the style and manner of an English aristocratic manor. When it was built, the area around central Vermont was primarily open fields and working farmland. More than 80 percent of Vermont was open land, not forests at that time. Vermont was an important wheat and grain producing state in the late 1800s. The Johnsons purchased 1000 acres in Rutland county, placing the castle and its outbuildings on a parcel they cleared out completely measuring 5 acres in every direction.

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Wilson Castle in Daylight - Even during the daytime the castle gives off eerie vibes - what's that in the tower window?

Ghostly tower, Wilson Castle
Ghostly tower, Wilson Castle

The Wilson Castle estate was originally constructed as the home of a Vermonter, Doctor Johnson and his wife, Lady Johnson who was a member of British nobility by birth.

Doctor Johnson studied medicine in England (and made his living as a hypnotist). While abroad Doctor Johnson met and married a wealthy lady of the aristocracy (who was also a spinster, still unmarried at age 40).

The castle took more than seven years to design and build and its construction cost exceeded 1.3 million dollars.

The Johnsons remained in the castle for only a few years and the property changed owners several times between the 1880's and 1939 (around which time it was taken by the town of Proctor for unpaid taxes).

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Dark Knights Paranormal investigators from New Hampshire visit Proctor Vermont's haunted Wilson Castle for signs of haunted activity.

You can join the team and participate in a castle ghost hunt event; ghost hunts will be taped and will air on SyFy.

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Haunted or not? In the warm weather months, Wilson Castle is available for social functions and is a popular wedding location. In the fall, and particularly during the month of October, Wilson Castle is a popular location for ghost hunts. It's even the site of special ghost hunt events conducted by Dark Knights Paranormal and video tapings for SyFy network television.

Whether you visit for a Halloween season haunted castle tour or join the ghost hunters you'll be touring a dimly lit and unheated castle, adding to the eerie atmosphere.

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Vermont is Rich in Marble, But Wilson Castle Was Built of English Bricks - The bricks were too soft for the harsh winter climate and are crumbling today

Wilson Castle main staircase landing, organ and stained glass windows
Wilson Castle main staircase landing, organ and stained glass windows

Although Wilson Castle sits overlooking the valleys where US marble quarrying and carving were major industries for decades, it's built from English bricks on a marble foundation. The porch floor is made from alternating tiles of red Vermont slate squares combined with Vermont white and black marble rectangles. The fireplaces are huge English style constructions with iron encasement fireboxes and exotic carved wood mantles and breastments. The custom made tiles for the fireplace hearths, fronts, and surrounds came from a Chelsea, Massachusetts foundry because that firm specialized in custom work.

Nearly every other fixture, construction material or furnishing in the house came from Europe; even the workmen and artists who carved the elaborate woodwork and stenciled the ceilings and walls were European craftsmen brought to the castle to work. The elaborate Victorian art nouveau hand painted and stenciled ceilings and walls took the artist three and a half years to complete at a daily pay rate of seven and a half cents.

Wilson Castle truly feels like a haunted place during the autumn months. And it must seem even creepier during the winter, when it's closed up and sits alone and crumbling with snow and wind battering its bricks and tower. The castle is open spring through fall, closed for the winter months. All the antique furnishings are placed into protective storage when the house is shut down for winter and unheated.

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Colonel Wilson and Marconi

Wilson Castle, Proctor Vermont
Wilson Castle, Proctor Vermont

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In 1939, a radio engineer named Herbert Lee Wilson, a pioneer in the AM radio field (and familiar to Marconi) who built radio stations all over the world, came to Vermont looking for a new location to build another station and a summer home for his family. He bought the castle for back taxes from the town, and installed radio station WEWE in the old stable.

The radio station and its impressive broadcast radio/cell tower remain in operation directly across the street from the castle. (The radio building and adjacent residential building are currently for sale - want to own part of a castle?)

In 1941 Herbert Wilson joined the Army Signal Corps and served the USA with distinction through WWII. He retired from active service in the 1950s with the rank of Colonel. He moved permanently to the castle and in 1962 opened it to the public for tours (he often gave tours lasting up to 4 hours and would appear to escort guests around the public areas of the 32-room castle in his pith helmet and uniform).

Colonel Wilson died in 1981 at the age of 82; he left the estate to his daughter, Blossom Wilson Davine Ladabouche (who lived on in the castle until her death).

Blossom passed away in 2010. and currently her daughter Denise Davine is the owner/operator. (She lives across the street in the former servant's residence, and is at the castle every week day when it's open for tours.)

© 2011 Lee Hansen

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      Salisbury is not far from my daughter's house - I'll try to get a tour of the older haunted section. Thanks for visiting.

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      Melissa 2 years ago

      I lived in Vt for 18 years and never heard of this castle !!! I so would love to see this place ! I love old Victorians . I worked at Shard Villa in Salisbury and it was definitely Haunted ! But such architecture was beyond its time . But sad history . It's in Salisbury VT . A Villa mansion . Check it out it is now an elderly home but they do have tours of the old part of the house !

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I'm sure the castles I visited in Europe were 'haunted.' I don't believe in ghosts and such, but that castle is quite a piece of architecture. I'm sure it would be creepy.

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      mikii-sutton 3 years ago

      i have visted Wilson castle, and yes i can say that it is haunted, i got the priveledge to stay at he castle for a week, with denise devine , and lee devine shrke , denise sister, i had a wonderful time while i experienced the true ghost that lives ther, i got so scared that i had to go to the bedroom that lee and denise were in so i could sleep at the foot of there bed,, the experience is a lifetime, of one,, i am planning on returning back for another visit, but this time i would like to take my tarrot cards and see who is really haunting the castle, is it the doctor, his wife, or the grandmother and granfather the cornel of the devine family or is it now blossom?? tjis will be fun and interesting,,

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      CozyKitty 4 years ago

      I'd love to visit a haunted castle! Sounds a little scary, though ... :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have visited the Castle 20 years ago.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Wow, ghosts or no ghosts, that is a really stunning building.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens being included on the "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night"

      monsterboard!

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      ghaelendlareh 5 years ago

      I love this lens! As a medieval historian, I get to see and teach about castle life, but I didn't know about this castle. Something new to introduce to my students. :)

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      bonniecuzz 5 years ago

      Great site. Loved it.

      Please visit mine at " Becoming a Beginner Ghost Hunter".

      Might get there someday with my group.

      Happy Haunting,

      Ray and Jill

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Even without the ghost(s), I'd find this house fascinating. The architecture is marvelous.

      Blessed and will be featured on You've Been Blessed.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      What a beautiful building, and sounds like it was a beautiful home.