Join the Bidwell House Museum on October 28 for a Zoom talk with Robert Oakes, author of the new book Ghosts of the Berkshires. Before it became a haven for arts and culture, the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts was rugged and sparsely populated. From the early days of revolutionary fervor and industrial enterprise to today’s tourism, many chilling stories remain. Residents and visitors alike have felt fear and awe in these hills, telling tales of shadow figures, disembodied voices and spectral trains. Robert will share Colonial and Revolutionary War-era stories from the region and discuss the gravesite of Reverend Adonijah Bidwell.
This event will be held via Zoom. A Zoom link to access the talk will be sent to you after you register.
About Robert Oakes
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, MA, 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 in English at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, VT.