Retreat Tower


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The Retreat Tower with its Gothic crenellations resembles a medieval battlement. It was built by staff and patients of the Asylum using stone taken from the site and from a quarry on West Dummerston Road. Until 1892, visitors were allowed to climb the interior masonry stairway to view the Asylum grounds and the Connecticut River. The paths around the tower provided outdoor time for patients and their attendants. Sadly, it’s believed several patients ended their lives by leaping from the tower. The site is now connected to various paranormal accounts.

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Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

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Audio Narrators: Beth Kiendl & William Stearns
(both former longtime employees of Brattleboro Retreat)

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