Deane Center program to share ghost stories from Tioga and Potter counties | Life

Wellsboro, PA – Halloween is fast approaching, and to celebrate a little early, the Deane Center will present a retelling of Tioga and Potter County ghost stories.

Stories of local hauntings are part of the Center’s free Golden Afternoons program for adults 55 and older.

The program will take place October 11 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Refreshments will be offered.

Today’s storyteller, Bill Robertson, is from Duke Center, McKean County. The stories he will cover are drawn from three books he has written in the past two years: Ghosts Revisited; Ghosts Revisited 2; and Ghosts Revisited 3. The three books describe different hauntings in Pennsylvania and Western New York.

Stories covered in the Ghosts Revisited series include the Vampire of the Erie Cemetery, the Seneca Bogeyman at Allegany State Park, the Immolated Bride of the Conneaut Hotel, the Ghost of the Serial Killer at Bergen House in New York, and the Ghosts of Gettysbug, Dunkirk Lighthouse, and the Eastern State Penitentiary. The first book in the series has 32 stories; the second has 28; and the third has 34.

“Wherever I go, people always share ghost stories with me, so I won’t be long in posting Ghosts Revisited 4. I plan to keep going until I run out of stories,” Robertson said. “During my program, I will show a 20-minute film that Mark Polonia created based on the first book in my series, Ghosts Revisited. I asked Mark to attend the October 11 program to explain how he made the film.

After the film screening, Robertson will talk about nearby hauntings, including those at North Hall and Straughn Auditorium on the University of Mansfield campus; Extension Street and Barclay Mountain Cemetery in Mansfield; Fallbrook Cemetery; the legend of Ole Bull and the Hotel Germania; and hauntings at Elmira College in New York.

“I’ve actually visited each site and will provide directions to these haunted locations and tell people what they can expect to find at each one,” Robertson explained.

Robertson is a 42nd Bucktails Company I re-enactor and author who, in addition to his recently published books on hauntings, has published 10 books on the American Civil War; three novels on the French and Indian war; a novel about the Vikings; seven volumes of short stories; 11 collections of poetry; three audio books; and 13 e-books. He also wrote two volumes of local folk tales and ghost stories, Fear forever and Come in…

Born in 1950 in Bradford, Robertson graduated from Mansfield University in 1972 with a degree in English. Since college, he has worked in factories, taught English in high school, and owns a successful house painting business.

He began publishing short stories, poetry and freelance articles in 1978. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, e-zines and anthologies in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, in Wales, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. .

For more information about this Golden Afternoons program, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220.

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