Haunted Woods   Edward Frank
  Dec 14, 2005 19:17 PST 


I have been looking over a website sent to me by a friend dealing with
Haunted Places:


A quick browse of Pennsylvania sites found a number with references to
hauted forests, woods and trees. From the dozens of sites listed as
having hauntings here are a selection of a few:

Allentown - Hamilton Street - Magic Tree - People have
claimed to have seen strange lights fly in the sky around the
tree, and the entire area has a sense that 'something'
happened there. One student took a picture of the tree and a
face of an old man appeared in the image.

Harmarville - Campbells Run Road - The Woods - Three hunters
died. You will see large orbs floating through the woods.
Also appear as an apparition without feet.

Liverpool - Hanging Tree - There is a rumor that in the 1800s
a man was hung at this tree, he proclaimed that he was
innocent and nobody believed him, so they hung him and to
this day people say that if you go to the tree at midnight
that you can hear peoples laughing, crying ,and you can hear
the man yelling. When you go there people say that you should
stay in your car, you hear noises and one time kids said that
they heard and felt something jump onto their hood but they
didn't see anything. They said that their headlights went out
somehow and they had trouble starting their car.

Do any of you have any tales of haunted woods, of ghostly orbs, or trees
reaching out to you after dark? It is a fun subject to explore in any
case. I encourage you to go to the website link above and research
hauntings in your local area.

Ed Frank

Re:  Haunted Woods   Charlie Spencer
  Dec 15, 2005 
Dear Ed: 
     In regards to spirit or haunted trees, I work (April - November) beneath the famous "Enchanted Oak" of Stanley Park of Westfield, MA. Located in the Edward F. Piela Woodland Wildflower Garden, the tree was recognized for being "enchanted" by Stanley Park founder and endowed benefactor, Frank Stanley Beveridge (now deceased), known for Stanley Home Products. The "Enchanted Oak," Stanley Park's first public attraction, is widely recognized for helping visitors overcome adversity. The only real doubters are those that have yet to meet this great tree (white oak). I'd be happy to introduce you sometime. 

    Re: Haunted trees, I think of a gentle and mutual friend of Bob's, Michael Perlman (now deceased), author of "The Power of Trees: The Reforesting of the Soul."  A section of his book explores cemetery trees, etc. 
     You and I nearly met at the Forest Summit at HCC this fall. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to meet at the next one. Thank you for your service. 
Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! 

Charlie Spencer, West Springfield, MA

RE: Haunted Woods   Monica Jakuc
  Dec 21, 2005 11:56 PST 

Dear ENTS,

At last I figured out my password and can read this list again.

So here is the reply I wanted to send a week ago:

The haunted places thread is something that fascinates me, although I
don't think I've ever been to a haunted woods knowingly.

Two piece of music come to mind as I think about this:

1) Robert Schumann's Forest Scenes, Op. 82 for piano. The third piece
"Verrufene Stelle," is translated as "Haunted Place."

2) In his song cycle "Liederkreis, Op. 39" with poems by Eichendorff,
there is a song "Zwielicht" or "Twilight." The text begins as follows:

"Dusk is about to spread its wings; the trees quiver in alarm; clouds
pass overhead like heavy dreams--what is the maining of this terror?"

Though it may not refer to a haunted place, it certainly calls up a
disturbed state of mind. Maybe just plain old paranoia.

Anyone else with poems or music on this haunting topic?

Pamela Briggs?


RE: Haunted Woods   Pamela Briggs
  Dec 29, 2005 18:48 PST 

Dear Monica, Bob, Ed, and everyone --

All woods are haunted, more or less -- not necessarily by malign
spirits. We can be more receptive to them if we choose. If we have
time enough and are open and quiet, with practice we can perceive the
spirits' words, music, dance, feelings, and memories.

I thank you for your continued encouragement of creative expression on
this list. So, exclusively for ENTS members, I've put an excerpt from
my novel online: .... It's about
an intense encounter with a tree spirit. You will be the first to read
this section of the book.


RE: Haunted Woods   Monica Jakuc
  Jan 02, 2006 12:22 PST 

Dear Pamela,

I really enjoyed the excerpt from your magical novel. Wild stuff!

A friend of mine who knew an Irish storyteller had many tales of
becoming quiet and listening to the trees sing. She said different
species had different songs and that they didn't always sing all the
time. I'm not familiar with that Celtic tradition that hears the music
of nature, but I love the idea of it.

Happy New Year to all,

RE: Haunted Woods   Robert Leverett
  Jan 04, 2006 06:07 PST 


   Thank you so much for sharing. Very imaginative. You are quite a
writer. ENTS is most honored to have you on the list.

   The account of the haunted tree, as opposed to woods, that I had
promised Ed Frank, is of the Whipping Tree in Harvard Mass. It seem that
back in the 1800s, I think, the local Shaker farmers were more
successful that the other groups settled in the area. Of course in that
time the success of failure of everything was a heaven or hell
proposition. So three local men took a successful Shaker farmer of whom
they were probably jealous and tied him to a large sycamore and whipped
him. He survived, but each of the men who took part in the dastardly
deed mysteriously died in a relatively brief period. Locals came to
believe that the spot and maybe the tree was haunted.

   The great sycamore survives today, is slightly over 20 feet in
circumference and just under 100 feet tall. Is it haunted? I don't know,
but I sure like the tree and I think it likes me.

   We are still hoping you will be able to participate in the Oct 2006
Forest Summit Lecture Series in Holyoke, MA. Monica and Lee are thinking
about the 2006 ENTS concert. In terms of poetry and readings, everything
is wide open. Ed has had some excellent ideas (nothing new there) on
readings. We welcome all inputs.