Two places in the Berkshires make a national top ten list


I was looking around to see if our haunted places here in the Berkshires would make it into the national lists to the extent that they were truly haunted and two of the places here in the Berkshires continued to appear in some of the top ten lists including Thrillist.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I love all the fancy dress, parades and spookiness which has always been here in the Berkshires but at this time of year these places seem to be a lot more active with people who visit them both.

If you want to scare yourself, here is a place you might want to visit.

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We start with the Hoosic Tunnel, which was built in 1851 and finished in 1875. Supposedly 200 people died before a train even passed through the tunnel. Some people who have visited the tunnel have said they have seen ghosts. I’m not talking about one or two people but more than a dozen claimed to have seen and heard strange happenings inside the tunnel.

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Some had died from the explosions on October 17, 1868, which was the worst disaster in the history of the tunnel. Thirteen miners died in a gas explosion that destroyed a surface pumping station.


Supposedly after this disaster, “the ghostly apparitions appeared briefly, then disappeared, leaving no footprints in the snow, giving no answer to the calls of the miners. This continued until they recovered the bodies of the dead miners.

So many accidents have happened and so many men have died.

Hoosic Tunnel /Google Earth

Hoosic Tunnel /Google Earth

All different types of pitches have occurred over the years.

The rock excavated to make the railway tunnel was around 2 million tons.
Remember that there are some warnings you should follow if you try to check out the ghosts there.

It also made the list of ten spookiest places in Massachusetts, it also got national television attention in the past.

Houghton Manor / Facebook

Houghton Manor / Facebook

Houghton Manor

The Houghton Mansion is one of the most interesting haunted houses in Berkshires, many paranormal groups and TV shows have filmed and tested the house. There were group tours, haunted sleepovers, and paranormal-themed weekend lectures.

So why is Houghton Mansion so appealing to paranormals? It has a lot to do with the story. Even the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” featured it.

The mansion is where four people died there in 1914.
The mansion began to gain a paranormal reputation in 1918 when the Gallup family purchased it.

Houghton Manor / Facebook

Houghton Manor / Facebook

All sorts of stories circulated then about haunted events in the home, including hearing voices, slamming doors, banging loudly, cold spots, lights going on and off, and frequent experiences of being touched. or pushed by something invisible. (Kind of like a house I lived in as a teenager, but that’s for another time.)

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One of the psychics who visited the house believes that Mary Houghton and John Widders were lovers and that her father, Mayor Houghton, banned the match. The medium believes that their three minds are locked in an ongoing Victorian battle which the medium believes was behind the angry paranormal happenings in the house.

Paranormal channel? Youtube

Oh but there are other stories too related to the house. Some say an accident was behind the haunting. It’s the one I think most of us here in the Berkshires know best.

In the spring of 1914, Houghton purchased his first car, a seven-seat passenger vehicle. On August 1, Houghton asked his newly trained stoker, trusty servant John Widders, to bring the Pierce-Arrow for a trip to Vermont.

AC, his daughter Mary and family friends Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hutton of New York with their daughter, Sybil, were on the tour that day.

So, on their journey, they found themselves in Pownal, Vermont, climbing a street now called Oak Hill Road. Repair work on the right side of the road they were on was happening while driving.

Widders pulled Houghton’s car to the left in an attempt to get around the construction crew. The car’s tires hit a shoulder of soft earth, where the driver lost control and sent the vehicle tumbling down a steep embankment.

Everyone was thrown from the car except Mary, the Pierce-Arrow rolled over Mrs. Hutton and she was killed instantly. Mary was seriously injured and died hours later at North Adams Hospital.

Houghton’s trusted servant couldn’t forgive himself for dying. Early on August 2, Widders went down to the basement and killed himself, killing himself.

AC Houghton suffered no serious physical injuries in the accident, but the tragic events broke his heart. He died 10 days after the accident that took the life of his daughter.

Years later it became the Masonic Temple, where people said they would hear footsteps on the second floor.

Previously you could stay and visit the house, but this is no longer the case, the Houghton Mansion is now closed to the public.

Have any of you had experiences at Houghton House?

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