A Brief History: Located at 18 Main Street in Stowe Vermont, The Green Mountain Inn was built in 1833 by Peter C. Lovejoy. Peter later traded it to Stillman Churchill for a 350-acre farmhouse. Churchill did many renovations such as adding 2 brick wings, a dance hall, and a double front porch, and then renamed the inn the Mansfield House. Shortly after the renovation Churchill fell short of making mortgage payments to W.H.H. Bingham and the property went into foreclosure, and W.H.H. Bingham took it over. Later on the property was transferred to W.P. Bailey and he renamed the house to the Brick Hotel. In 1893 Mark C. Lovejoy purchased the property and he renamed it the Green Mountain Inn. While Mark C. Lovejoy owned the inn there were many famous people who stayed at the hotel, which included President Chester A. Arthur and Gerald Ford.
In 1982 a Canadian visitor named Marvin Gameroff fell in love with the Green Mountain Inn and purchased it. He later transferred the property to Gameroff Trust, who is the current owner. In 1984 major renovations were started which included, restoration of all rooms, upgraded the infrastructure and safety features, adding air conditioning and cable TV to all rooms, built a meeting space, outdoor swimming pool, health club, and a restaurant. Today the inn is completely renovated and kept up to date with the times. There are 103 rooms, elegant suites, and village apartments.
Haunted History: In 1840 Boots Berry was born on the 3rdfloor servant’s quarters in room 302. He grew up to be a respected horseman and worked at the inn. He got locally famous by saving some stagecoach passengers from a horse that got out of control and barreled down Main Street. Everywhere Boots went people would buy him drinks to show their appreciation for his courageous efforts. Unfortunately this led to his demise and he became an alcoholic and eventually got fired from the inn due to lack of work. Boots traveled the country but eventually ended up back in Stowe. On a stormy snowy night in 1902, Boots noticed a little girl stranded on the rooftop of the inn, above room 302, and he remembered the route to get to the roof. He was able to save the little girl but unfortunately slipped and fell to his death. Guests staying in room 302 have claimed to have heard footsteps and yelling coming from above room 302. Throughout the hotel, guests have also claimed to have felt cold spots and knocking on their doors late at night and no one was there. So next time you stay at the Green Mountain Inn maybe you will have an experience of your own.