Ghosts of The Berkshires: Robert Oakes

September 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This online program will be streamed live via Zoom.

Edith Wharton writes in a preface to her ghost stories, “I do not believe in ghosts, but I am afraid of them.”

In Ghosts of The Berkshires Robert Oakes explores the spookier side of the Berkshires. From the early days of Revolutionary fervor and industrial enterprise to today, many chilling stories remain. A lost girl haunts a cemetery in Washington, and mysterious spirits still perform at Tanglewood. From the ghostly halls of the Houghton Mansion to the eerie events at the Hoosac Tunnel, residents and visitors alike have felt fear and awe in these hills, telling tales of shadow figures, disembodied voices and spectral trains.

Whether you are a non-believer, a “rare bird” who sees spirits, or a “ghost-feeler,” aware of the presence of ghosts, but abstractly, Ghosts of The Berkshires brings the spooky lore of the Berkshires to you wherever you are.

Robert Oakes is a writer, teacher and singer/songwriter from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. He has written for AAA, Canyon Ranch and a number of other publications and organizations and performs as part of the Berkshire-based folk music duo Oakes and Smith. Since 2010, Robert has led the ghost tours at The Mount in Lenox and has represented the museum and its ghosts on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS and The Apple Seed, hosted by Sam Payne, on BYUradio. Robert is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont.


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