In 2014, the now-unincorporated town of Glastenbury, Vermont, had a total of eight residents. However, as reported by Happy Vermont, the town thrived in the mid to late 1800s. In addition to being a hub for the local charcoal production and logging industries, it had a railroad, a post office, a school, and several residential homes. By 1880, the town recorded its peak population with 241 residents.
Happy Vermont reports two murders, which occurred in 1892 and 1897, marked the beginning of Glastenbury’s decline and secured the region’s reputation of being haunted by unusual activity.
In 1892, Henry McDowell bludgeoned his co-worker, John Crowley, to death. He later claimed “he heard voices telling him” to do it. Following his arrest, Heather Sutfin reports he was sent to a mental health facility, which he escaped and was never seen again.
In 1897, John Harbour was shot to death by an unknown person — despite being in possession of a loaded gun. His murder was never solved.
By 1898, Glastenbury was essentially gutted by a massive flood, which heavily damaged the town’s largest resort and completely destroyed the railroad tracks. By 1937, the town was disincorporated due to the substantial loss of industry and resulting population decline.
As reported by Happy Vermont, the former town of Glastenbury and the surrounding region are currently owned by the US National Forest Service. The 27,000 acres surrounding Glastenbury Mountain include two ghost towns and more than 36 square miles of uninhabited land.