Edith Wharton Estate
The Mount - Lenox, Massachusetts
Edith Wharton Estate (Ghost Hunters) - The team heads to Lenox, Massachusetts to investigate the
allegedly haunted estate of author Edith Wharton. The property, now
known as "The Mount," was built in 1902 and has been used since then as a
boarding school for girls and the private house for a theater company,
Shakespeare & Co. Many residents and workers of the estate have
reported sightings of the paranormal.
An actress, with Shakespeare &
Co., was speaking on the phone to her boyfriend when they both heard
what sounded like a scream and choking noises intercepting their phone
conversation. During one of the company's performances, another actress
recounts an experience where she saw a full-bodied opaque apparition of a
man who looked at her in frustration and said, "What is all the
commotion?" There is also a rumor that a servant hung herself in the
cupola of the mansion after she learned that she was pregnant.
the estate is an estimated 49.5 acres large, TAPS enlists the help of
other investigators, Kristyn Gartland and Britt Griffith. They also
introduce some newer, more powerful equipment to aid in the hunt.
and Grant begin their research in the top level of the mansion using the
thermal imaging camera to pick up heat signals and in doing so, they
happen upon an extremely large, 10-inch handprint on one of the doors.
Knowing that they are the only ones on this level of the mansion, they
are certain that this imprint must have recently been made by a
paranormal of some sort. Then, while in Edith Wharton's apartment, the
hunters hear footsteps but can feel no vibrations.
At this time, they
decide to use the "geophone" a device that picks up subtle vibrations by
Later on in the investigation the two hunters
survey the attic and stumble across some of the old yearbooks from when
the property was used as a school.
When reading the information in the
books aloud Jason and Grant notice high frequency readings on the K2
meter. Meanwhile, Dave and Steve critically analyze the butler's pantry
where the actress was on the phone and heard a scream intercepting her
Edith Wharton wrote several ghost stories during her career, drawing on
her own experience with and interest in the supernatural. As a child,
she claimed to be "haunted by formless horrors" and as an adult she
remained sensitive to the subject.
Currently, The Mount offers 'ghost tours' on Friday nights during the
summer season. Staff members give tours of the estate, including the
stable and the mansion.
The Mount (1902) is a country house in Lenox, Massachusetts, the home of noted American author Edith Wharton, who designed the house and its grounds and considered it her "first real home."
The estate, located in the Berkshires, is open to the public from May to October. Visitors are offered tours of the house and gardens.
The ghost hunters use their EMF detectors while in
the space and realize that there are extremely high electromagnetic
field levels in that area, which most likely caused to the actress's
hypersensitivity to increase.
When this occurs a person can experience
temporary hallucination, nausea and headaches, which Dave and Steve
believe was the cause of the noises she thought she heard.
that there is paranormal activity in the attic, after feeling a
deliberate pat on her head earlier, Amy takes investigator Britt back to
the location with her. They utilize the "black box", which is similar
to an EMF detector yet it uses sound, rather than lights, to detect
paranormals. The closer a spirit gets to the box, the louder the noise
Much to the surprise of both hunters, the black box makes a
loud shriek when they are conducting their EVP session. They then hear
loud footsteps that appear to be running away from the room they are in
and down the steps.
Amy uses the two-way walkie-talkie to correspond
with the other hunters, and learns that she and Britt are the only two
investigators in the mansion, leading both her and Britt to belive that
the footsteps were caused by a paranormal.
After a lengthy and
eventful investigation, TAPS are ambiguous as to whether or not the
Edith Wharton estate is haunted. They did encounter a variety of eerie
experiences, such as the large handprint captured by the thermal camera,
the high K2 meter readings Jay and Grant found in the attic, and the
definite response of the black box while Amy and Britt were
Yet, there were also other instances that were easily
explained such as the high EMF levels in the butler's pantry that are
capable of causing hypersensitivity people to temporarily hallucinate,
believing that they've experienced a supernatural encounter.
further investigation, Kris Williams learned that the legend of the
servant who hung herself was false. TAPS looks forward to revisiting
this case at a later date to see if they will have more definitive
instances of paranormal activity.