October 29, 2021- News: Last night the SCCNYC gave an eerie Halloween teaser.

Do you believe in ghosts?
The SCCNYC explored the eerie world of ghosts and spirits of the Berkshire mountains last night as author Robert Oakes regaled us with tales from historic houses, inns, cemeteries and even a few stories from Smith College and the Pioneer Valley during our virtual Halloween Ghoul fest: "Ghosts of the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley" 

The very atmospheric Berkshires inspired ghost stories by Edith Wharton and Robert's talk began with her home, The Mount, its ghosts and her lifelong obsession with ghost stories. The Mount later became a boarding school and spirit sightings and sounds continue to this day.

“I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’m afraid of them . . ."  Edith Wharton said, speaking of the ghost instinct that we experience through imagination and feeling, even if we don’t see anything.

Robert Oakes also shared stories about the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, particularly the haunted room 301, and musical seances with Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn at the Highwood manor at Tanglewood.

His stories about eerie happenings in the Pioneer Valley were fascinating, including ghosts from the Deerfield Massacre and ghosts from our own Smith College, which is known to be one of the most haunted college campuses in America. 

The Sessions house complex was well-known for having a revolutionary war era secret underground passageway which was haunted by Johnny, a young revolutionary, and his lover, Lucy, the daughter of a British commander. As well as this ill-fated couple, the house is said to be haunted by two students who died while searching for the secret passage and the tragic death of two children who were accidentally killed by their mother. Comstock house has its share of eerie happenings with the friendly ghost Gloria. The rattling of doors and chains being dragged have been heard from the upper floors.

The event was a perfect Halloween teaser. Robert Oakes encourages us to dim the lights and engage . . .