With Halloween just around the corner, Bill Robertson of the Duke Center in McKean County presents a free Golden Afternoons program on Ghost Hauntings in Tioga and Potter counties at 1 p.m. this Tuesday, October 11.
The program will be presented in the lobby of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St., Wellsboro.
It is free and open to adults aged 55 and over. Refreshments will be offered.
Robertson will talk about ghost hauntings that have occurred locally from the three books he has written over the past two years. The books are “Ghosts Revisited” released on October 23, 2020, “Ghosts Revisited 2” released on June 11, 2021, and “Ghosts Revisited 3” just released on September 26. The three cover different hauntings in Pennsylvania and Western New York.
“Wherever I go, people always share ghost stories with me, so it won’t be long before I release ‘Ghosts Revisited 4’. I plan to keep going until I run out of stories said Robertson.
“During my program on October 11, 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.
“Ghosts Revisited” includes 32 spooky stories, such as the vampire in Erie Cemetery, the Seneca Bogeyman who roams Allegany State Park, the bride who burned to death at the Conneaut Hotel, and the ghost of a killer serial who resides at Bergen House near Rochester, NY with ghosts at Gettysburg, Dunkirk Lighthouse and Eastern State Penitentiary.
The second book contains 28 other haunted tales and the third 34 others.
Robertson will then talk about the ghost stories he wrote that occur in Tioga County, including North Hall and Straughn Auditorium at Mansfield University; on Extension Street and at Barclay Mountain Cemetery, both in Mansfield; and at Fallbrook Cemetery as well as two in Potter County, the Legend of Ole Bull and the Germania Hotel, plus one at Elmira College in New York.
“In fact, I have visited each site and will provide directions to these haunted places and tell people what they can expect to find at each one.”
Robertson, a re-enactor with 42nd Bucktails Company I, is an author best known for writing 10 books in the Bucktail Civil War series, three audiobooks, 13 e-books, seven volumes of short blinds, a Viking novel, three Novels of French and Indian war and 11 collections of poetry.
He also wrote two volumes of local folk tales and ghost stories, “Fears 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 high school English and has a successful house painting business.
He began publishing short stories, poetry and freelance articles in 1978. His work has now appeared in numerous magazines, e-zines and anthologies in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland , Wales, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.
For more information, call 570-724-6220.