6:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Your $99 ticket includes dinner, lectures, and hours of ghost investigating in this historic mansion. Tickets are limited!
Come visit the Gilded Age in this this haunted Berkshires mansion.
Does the building look familiar? It should, it was featured in the movie The Cider House Rules adding another layer to the legend of this mansion.
The Gilded Age was a period of rapid economic growth in America. The age spanned from the end of the Civil War until the first World War. It was a time for American Business Royalty like the Vanderbilts, the Rockerfellers, and the Morgans to leave their mark on the stock market and on our landscape with mansions that reflected excess in every sense of the word.
Newport has its mansions. But so do the Berkshires.
Ventfort Hall was completed in 1893. Built by George and Sarah Morgan, the 28,000 square foot mansion was the crown jewel of the social season in the Berkshires. Sarah Morgan was the sister of financial mogul, J.P. Morgan. Her husband, George, was also a Morgan—the couple were seventh cousins.
At 28,000 square feet, this house was still considered a cottage. One of 75 built in this region for New York City tycoons looking to get away in the summer. You can almost picture a scene out of the Great Gatsby with lavish parties that raged well into the night. The house had 28 rooms, including 15 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 17 fireplaces.
After passing through several owners, the mansion served as a dormitory for Tanglewood students, a summer hotel, and housing for a religious community. In the 1980s, the building was almost lost to a developer who wanted to demolish the building, but it was saved by the Ventfort Hall Association who has worked to preserve the building ever since.
Maybe it’s haunted because this place was a getaway for Sarah and George Morgan, and they’re still seeking the solitude of Venfort Hall.
Maybe it’s haunted because for some of us, the Gilded Age represented a better and more simple time. We long to attend one of those Gatsby-like parties, to swing dance to jazz, and to toss back glasses of champagne without the threat of terrorism, nuclear attack, or even our cell phones ringing with some annoying work call.
Staff of Ventfort Hall have heard doors slam, voices call out, seen the apparition of a woman dressed in 1920s garb in the dining room, there’s been a figured sighted on the staircase, and strange smells from flowers to cigars are a regular occurrence.
We’re crossing social lines on this Legend Trip. We’re stepping back into the Gilded Age. This is a house that folks like us would not have been invited to during its heyday. Fortunately we can go there on June 13th and party with the spirits of Ventfort Hall!
6:30 PM – Arrive/Meet and Greet
7:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Historical overview of the site
8:30 PM to 1:00 AM – Investigations
Andrew Lake is a New England native who has been fascinated with ghosts ever since his first encounter with one at the age of eleven. Since then, Andrew has traveled around southern New England investigating haunted locations and interviewing folks who have had their own experiences with visitors from the other side of the veil. He is the founder of Greenville Paranormal Research and the author of Ghosthunting Southern New England (Clerisy Press). Along with being a regular on the web-cast television show 30 Odd Minutes, he can be seen in the documentaries The Bridgewater Triangle and The Legends of Dolly Cole. He also appeared on the television series Monsters and Mysteries in America and has contributed to Spooky Southcoast radio.
Jeff Belanger is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World’s Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, and Who’s Haunting the White House? (for children). He’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS, the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series on the Travel Channel, the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web’s most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He’s given talks at colleges and universities, corporations, conferences, and libraries around the world. He’s given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City, and he spoke at MENSA’s national conference in 2014.
Belanger is also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes, which is available in over 3 million homes in the United States. He’s written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today. He’s been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Tim Weisberg created the Spooky Southcoast Radio Show along with Matt Costa in late 2005, seeking to combine an entertaining and interactive talk show format with the world of the paranormal. Tim is also the author of Ghosts of the SouthCoast, he’s the writer and researcher for the Ghost Stalkers series on the Destination America channel, and he’s been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and LIVING TV. A sports writer by trade, Tim also covers the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots for The Standard-Times.
The man simply known as “Moniz” began investigating the paranormal more than 25 years ago, and brings that experience to “Spooky Southcoast” every week. Matt is a research chemist who isn’t afraid to bring the paranormal into his lab and apply the scientific method to his investigations. He’s been published in books such as “Left at East Gate” by Peter Robbins and Larry Warren, “Witness” by Budd Hopkins and “Glipses of Other Realities” by Linda Moulton Howe. Specializing in UFO investigations and abductee cases, Moniz is also the UFO editor for FATE Magazine and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. Matt is also one of the Oddballs featured each week on the paranormal television program “30 Odd Minutes.”
Josh Mantello: is lead investigator for Berkshire Paranormal, he has investigated Ventfort Hall many times over the years and he’s been featured on the Houghton Mansion episode of Ghost Adventures.