Below is a list of some of the most notorious haunted locations in Lenox, Massachusetts. To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in Massachusetts, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: Massachusetts, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Coordinates: 42.330989°, -73.282019°
Location Address: 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 01240
The Mount is a historic home in Lenox, Massachusetts constructed in 1902 by the famous American novelist, short story writer, and playwright, Edith Wharton, whose spirit is said to haunt the location along with two other unidentified male specters. After Mrs. Wharton's death in 1937 The Mount was purchased by Foxhollow School For Girls, at which point students and faculty members began to report witnessing apparitions dressed in clothing from the early 1900's, as well as experiencing strange disembodied voices and other sounds. In 2009, The Mount was featured on an episode of the popular television show Ghost Hunters, and was investigated by members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (also known as T.A.P.S.) over the course of several days. The team returned to the location in 2015 to perform another investigation, at which point the crew became convinced of the location's haunted reputation.
#2 - Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
Coordinates: 42.352843°, -73.280008°
Location Address: 104 Walker Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 01240
Constructed in 1893 as the George & Sarah Morgan family home, the Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts contains over 50 rooms and spans over 28,000 square feet. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1993, and in 1997 it was renovated and opened as a museum by a nonprofit organization called the Ventfort Hall Association. The location is said to be haunted by the spirit of its first owners, George and Sarah Morgan, sister of the wealthy American banker and financier J.P. Morgan. Visitors at the historic museum report witnessing the apparition of a man and woman believed to be Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, as well as heavy wooden doors closing by themselves, and others report hearing the disembodied sounds of voices, whispering, footsteps, and screams. Employees working at Ventfort Hall Mansion also report being touched by an unseen entity, as well as witnessing the face of a spectral woman that appears to float down the hallways and staircases. In 2012 the Ventford Hall Mansion was featured on the popular television show, Ghost Hunters, where crew members experienced a variety of paranormal phenomena and allegedly supernatural activity.
#3 - Whistler's Inn
Coordinates: 42.362908°, -73.282984°
Location Address: 5 Greenwood Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 01240
Constructed in 1870 as the Ross & Theo Whistler Family Home, the Whistler's Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts is said to be haunted by the spirits of several unidentified men and women whose apparitions are seen by employees and guests at night. Many also claim to experience other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as disembodied voices and whispers, lights flickering, and electronic devices turning on and off by themselves. Additionally, guests staying in Room 12 report being woken in the middle of the night by a tall, shadowy figure standing above the bed. The historic Whistler's Inn has been featured in numerous television series, magazines, and other publications such as National Geographic Traveler, and Yankee Magazine.
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If you allow yourself to sit back and think about ghost stories, many people would paint a picture of listening to one around a campfire keeping them warm with a group of their closest friends. There’s nothing but pitch-black darkness all around, with only the sounds of the crackling logs and the nature around breaking the silence.
Ghost stories often tell the tale of urban legends, ones that hark back to times of yesteryear. Poker was a game played back in the times of the cowboys, miners, and farmers in the time of the stagecoaches, saloons and six-shooters, arguably making it just as much of a part of U.S. culture as the Wild West or the old riverboats of the era. So let's up the ante a little and tell some stories of old…..
Changing Your Soul With The Devil...
Farmer John Morris was walking home late one evening when a well-dressed man approached him. The conversation happened to come upon where John had been that evening, Morris told the man he’d been playing poker at a friend’s, and he was happy as he’d won a lot of money. The stranger immediately perked up, challenging Morris to a game to which he declined.
After walking a little further, they reached a bridge; the stranger revealed some gold playing cards and began to deal with them. Morris couldn’t refuse, but it proved the stranger was a much better player. But he’d repeatedly deal the cards then asked Morris if he’d consider betting his soul? Suddenly, a card dropped from Morris’ grasp, the ace of spades dropped into the river below. They looked over the bridge to see it floating down the river, and Morris caught a glimpse of his opponent’s reflection.
He had two horns, glowing red eyes, and a forked tongue sticking out from his mouth. Morris turned quickly, but the stranger vanished, as a ball of flame flashed away into the night sky.
Dead Man’s Hand
Back in 1876, the legendary Wild Bill Hickok was playing poker, it was a deadly game played by professional gamblers and crooks. The old lawman sat at the table in Deadwood; the dealer dealt his first four cards. Just as he turned them over, there was the crack of a gun. Hickok slumped onto the table, his head hung forward, left resting beside his left hand, which held his cards. He had an 8 of spades and ace of spades, an 8 of clubs and the ace of clubs…. The 8th letter of the alphabet is H, followed by an A, H, and an A.
The cards were laughing at him. Anyone with a basic grasp of poker hand rankings knows that a hand comprises of five cards, but that’s not the case with the Dead Man’s Hand – you die before you get the fifth card. So remember, if you’re ever playing poker and the dealer turns over an 8, then an ace, then another 8, beware, because if your next card is to be an ace..... you’ll never play again.
Over in the UK, in Liverpool, Alexander McKenzie was a civil engineer on the Leeds to Liverpool canal in the 1811’s and achieved as much success in his work as he did in gambling. It’s said he was fortunate at the poker table in particular. He was known to almost read people’s minds, but it was rumored McKenzie had struck a deal with the devil. To have the world’s greatest lucky streak, he would have to hand over his soul the moment he was buried in exchange for this. McKenzie hatched a plan to save himself.
Although he saved himself from Lucifer’s grasp when he was entombed in 1851, sitting upright at a card table clutching a royal flush, it also kept him from heaven too. The large man renowned for wearing a cloak and top hat can still often be heard wailing and wandering around Rodney Street in Liverpool’s city center, leaving him as a lost soul with nowhere to go for the rest of eternity.
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Over the last month I've added over 275 completely new haunted locations to my Haunted Virginia page, which brings the total number listed on GhostQuest.net to 12,909. Virginia is full of interesting history and amazing haunted locations, and I can't even say how much I enjoyed learning and writing about some of these fascinating, spooky stories!! If you're a Virginia native, I know you'll love reading about them too!! There's a little bit of something for everyone, including stories about Civil War battlefields, Native American folklore, prohibition era stories... and even a legend about the ghost of Blackbeard The Pirate, whose decapitated head was displayed on a post in the town of Hampton for years after his death, in a location now appropriately named "Blackbeard's Point."
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, the internet’s largest database for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he attended college for Computer Science.