The Season For Spooky Is Here: Berkshires Ghost Tours

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Katy Brown-Solsky

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New England, and the greater Northeast are home to come of the most famous tales of hauntings. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for one – and what about the story of Lizzie Borden (and the spirits said to haunt her house to this day). Then there’s Salem, MA – home to the tragic witch hunts centuries ago. Well the Berkshires are ripe with their own tales of hauntings. Many of the allegedly haunted sites offers tours from time to time.

One property said to be haunted is our near neighbor – and currently hosting “Ghost Tours” is The Mount, former home of gilded-age writer, Edith Wharton. Accounts of paranormal activity include lights turning themselves on and off, laughter and footsteps heard and more.  Friday nights are the night to tour and learn more. Tours are offered at 5:45pm and 7:00pm each Friday from now until October 25th. Reservations are required, and can be made through The Mount’s website. Adult tickets are $22 and tickets for ages 12 to 18 are $18 – but the tour is not recommended for children below those ages.

If this is your kind of fun, you may also want to check out this list from iBerkshires.com, of five allegedly haunted places in the Berkshires.

13 Nights At Jiminy is a different type of ghost tour – a spooky, slightly manufactured fright experience at the Jiminy Peak ski area. This event includes not only a spooky tour, but night-time ziplining, a giant swing that launches you into the night sky, and an open tavern for the beverage-inclined. Quite a combination.

The 13 Nights tour has its roots in the history of Hancock, MA, the modern day home of the Jiminy ski area. It begins with the belief of 18th century settlers, that a mysterious disease was seeping to the surface of the Jericho Valley floor they were attempting to farm. This belief drove them to raze and rebuild homes, abandon livestock to die, and out of this strange situation, spooky lore arose. You can read more about this history at the 13 Nights At Jiminy website.

13 Nights runs from September 28, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays. October 13 is the one Sunday on the calendar, and the week of Halloween (of course) they run the tours on October 29, 30, and 31. Hours are 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are available online or by calling the resort

After your spooky adventures, we provide your oasis of calm. Contact us now to make your Fall reservations!

*Photo courtesy of The Mount's website.

Topics: Historical Sites & Museums, Outdoor Activities

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