It’s October and don’t look now but All Hallows Eve is slowly creeping closer! If you’ve a taste for the spooky and are looking for some Berkshires Halloween fun, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and Naumkeag are great places to start.
Halloween is always a good time with “creepy” decorations, yummy treats, fun parties, and, of course, all the creative costumes. The holiday is supposed to be kind of scary but is really just a bunch of good, clean fun.
The Berkshires get into the spirit (boo!) every year with a wide variety of Halloween related celebrations for both young and old. If that sounds like your cup of tea … or arsenic … read on.
Ghost Tours and Stories at The Mount
Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. “The Age of Innocence,” “Ethan Frome,” and “The House of Mirth,” are but a few titles of the more than 40 she authored in as many years. She designed The Mount, now a historic site dedicated to her life and writings, to be her home and writer’s retreat.
Along with her more famous works, Wharton penned a number of ghost stories. Though she claimed to not to believe in ghosts, the author also stated that she feared them and admitted to sometimes sleeping with the lights on. Come experience some of those same thrills and chills with Ghost Tours at The Mount!
Mount Ghost Tours are two-hour, guided experiences that take you to the spookiest and most haunted parts of the estate. A great many people have lived at The Mount since its construction in 1902. If ghosts do exist, certainly some will be hanging around this historic site!
The tours include around a half-mile walk with some areas not suitable for wheelchairs or children under 12. Attendees should wear warm clothes and sensible shoes. Costumes are encouraged. Those who do so may enter the costume contest.
A selection of Wharton’s ghost stories will be presented on October 30th.
The Mount 2019 Halloween Schedule
Fridays, September through October, 5:45pm and 7pm
Saturday, October 19 and 26, 5:45pm and 7pm
Thursday, October 31st at 8pm and 10pm
Edith Wharton’s Ghost Stories
Wednesday, October 30th, 5pm to 6pm
Edith Wharton’s The Mount
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts 01240-0974
Space is limited, so please reserve ahead of time: www.edithwharton.org
A Naumkeag Halloween
Naumkeag is a National Historic Landmark and one of the Berkshires’ original gilded-age cottages. The house and grounds are open from mid-April to early October every year and are very much worth your time.
Though “closed for the season” by the time Halloween rolls around, Naumkeag reopens its doors for this spooky holiday. Come see the more then 400 jack-o-lanterns and over 1000 pumpkins and gourds, along with a variety of special events, at Naumkeag!
Naumkeag 2019 Halloween Schedule
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show – October 10-13, 17 18-20, 24, and 27
The Pumpkin Trail – October 11 and 12
Mind-reading by mentalist Keith Zalinger – October 13
Live Action Clue – October 18 and 19
Haunted House – October 25 an 26
Seance/Spirit Message Circle – October 27
All-Ages Trick-or-Treat at Naumkeag – October 31
If you missed all the Halloween fun, don’t despair – Winterlights is coming right up, November 22nd and through December 31, 2019!
5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Visit www.thetrustees.org to learn more about these and other upcoming events.
Both Naumkeag and The Mount are less than 10 minutes drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn in Lee, MA! In fact, our centrally located Berkshires inn puts the best of the region at your fingertips. Choose from eleven beautifully appointed suites, complete with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs. Applegate Inn is your ticket to relaxation and service in the Berkshires!
The Mount, was designed by Edith Wharton in 1902 as her home and writer’s retreat and is now both a historic site and the only monument to Edith Wharton in the United States.
Beyond historically significant exhibits and events available to the public year ’round at The Mount, October brings out the spooky in this otherwise stately cultural venue in the form of, among other Halloween events, Ghost Tours! Given Wharton’s own history with the paranormal, it’s an appropriate offering.
Edith Wharton didn’t only pen the occasional ghost story, she was also troubled by the supernatural, stating that she was “haunted by formless horrors” and once described feeling “some dark undefinable menace … I could feel it behind me, upon me; and if there was any delay in the opening of the door I was seized by a choking agony of terror.”
Sold by the Wharton’s in 1911, The Mount became part of Foxhollow School for Girls in 1942. During this time, residents reported hearing unexplained noises and odd sensations in the old, Wharton servant and family quarters. Similarly, when Shakespeare & Co. used The Mount as both dormitory and theater in the late 70’s, numerous people reported odd noises and visions of figures in old-fashioned clothing!
Now’s your chance to find out find out if Edith Wharton’s old home is still inhabited by otherworldly beasties – with a Berkshires ghost tour of The Mount!
Visit The Mount for a special evening ghost tour this October and see for yourself if the paranormal activity others have reported in the servants’ quarters, stables, and formal rooms register for you. Ghost Tours at The Mount are available throughout October:
Berkshires Ghost Tours at The Mount
Fridays, 5:45pm or 7pm
Saturday, October 25, 5:45pm or 7pm
For tickets and more information: www.edithwharton.org
Berkshires Ghost Tours Lodging
If it’s rattling chains and moaning spooks you’re after, our Berkshires bed & breakfast may disappoint but, on the flip-side, you’ll have more than a ghost of a chance of a good night’s rest when you stay at Applegate Inn – and, come morning, you’ll feel downright spirited after one of our signature breakfasts! Applegate Inn offers 11 beautifully appointed suites with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs to provide you with true relaxation – stay with us and enjoy real Berkshires comfort!
Sit by the roaring fire, enjoy a glass of wine and tasty cheese, and talk about old times. Then get out there and create some new memories together. We’ll give you coupons for some of the shops at the nearby Prime outlet stores, just two miles away. We will also happily arrange a luxurious spa day for you all.
Are you up for a bit of spontaneity?
Edith Wharton’s Estate The Mount is presenting a special performance of Edith Wharton’s Parisian Salons, featuring the Cantilena Chamber Choir, on March 13, 2010, at 4pm. The Cantilena Chamber Choir is the leading a cappella choir in the Berkshires; they will sing French music that was performed in one of Wharton’s Parisian Salons, such as Sept Chansons by Francis Poulenc, the Trois Chansons by Maurice Ravel.
Many of Wharton’s Salons were fundraisers for the Belgium War Relief Effort in World War I. She worked tirelessly for the relief effort, and for this she was recognized by the French and Belgian governments. The concert in the drawing room of The Mount is a fitting event during Women’s History Month.
The concert begins at 4pm on March 13, and is followed by a reception. Space is limited, so advance tickets are strongly recommended. Call (413) 551-5111.
We hope to see you and your girlfriends this weekend at our bed and breakfast Lenox.
Spring is indeed coming to the Berkshires, and a great place to experience spring is at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. The days have been warming the earth and the flowers are starting to show their appreciation. The grounds of the Applegate Inn are a great place to witness the arrival of spring. We have some Berkshire b&b specials this time of year to help welcome the fine, if somewhat unpredictable, spring weather. While here, the Berkshire Botanical Garden is a great place to spend an afternoon. It is hosting a special day camp for children during the week of April 20 – 24 (spring break in this area); your whole family can find interesting things to do during the day, then come together in our parlor each evening to share your stories.
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, makes a pleasant day trip from our Berkshires lodging. The restored estate and lovely gardens open for the season in May, but there are a few special events this April for those who cannot wait. Edith Wharton and her husband Teddy had the house built in 1902, and the design was strongly influenced by Wharton’s 1897 book, The Decoration of Houses. Although the couple spent most of their time abroad, The Mount remains an important monument to an influential American author.
The Mount is the self-designed estate & gardens of Pulitzer-prize winning Edith Wharton, author of “The Age of Innocence”, “The House of Mirth”, as well as many other novels and non-fiction books on the subject of Architecture, design, decoration and travel.
Her home is a work of art, worthy of the seven-minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast Lenox. The house is currently closed, and will re-open on the first of May. The house recently went through a struggle to stay open; their primary bank was about to foreclose on them. However, there was overwhelming support to keep the beautiful turn-of-the-century home open, and the folks over at The Mount managed to raise 1.3 million dollars!
The home will be opening for an event in March as part of the Berkshires Festival of Women in the Arts. Author Julie Wosk will be presenting a lecture entitled “Alluring Androids, Robot Women and Electronic Eves: Artificial Women through the Ages”. Sounds fascinating! Held on March 28 in the drawing room of the estate, it should be a intriguing lecture in one of the most interesting historical homes in the Berkshires.
We hope you can join us this spring Lenox Bed and Breakfast for some art & culture!