Ghost in the gardens!

ggarGhosts in the Gardens?

There is a colony tucked into the pines of Saratoga Springs, NY that caters to the creatives: artists, writers, singers and more. There are some that believe that Yaddo has a mystical effect on those in residence. Originally the area housed a mill, farm and tavern owned by a Revolutionary War hero. In the mid 1800s many writers enjoyed the hospitality of the tavern, one of them being Edgar Allen Poe. It is said he put his finishing touches on “The Raven” while in Saratoga Springs.

A family took over the 400 acre plot in 1881, Spencer and Katrina Trask who named it Yaddo. The name allegedly came from a suggestion from their daughter. Katrina, a poet, loved the land and saw it as a creative spring. After the original home burned, the current mansion was built in 1893. Yaddo was founded in 1990. After the tragic loss of all four of their children, Katrina felt that a spiritual influence gave her a vision of many, many future creative professionals benefiting from their home. Her vision has come true. According to the official website of Yaddo, 72 Pulitzer prizes, 68 National Book awards, a Nobel prize and dozens of other accolades have been bestowed on work completed at Yaddo.

With all this creative and spiritual history, are there ghosts at Yaddo? Carol Goodman, a prolific author and graduate of Vassar, wrote “The Ghost Orchid” about séances and hauntings at the fictional Bosco colony which she tailored after the real world Yaddo. Interestingly, Goodman, as a young woman, worked as a secretary at Yaddo for eight months. However, no one is talking about any actual ghostly encounters. Could it be due to the need for privacy for the creatives who still today walk the paths?

Interestingly, from the end of September until October 31st, there are tours of the amazing grotto and garden area that are open to the public. This historical guided event, entitled “Ghosts in the Yaddo Garden” offers historical anecdotes of the Trask family, such visitors as Poe and the Native American influences. The gardens do host weddings, and the public is invited just to the gardens during the summers during daylight hours.


Goodman, Carol. The Ghost Orchid. New York: Ballantine Books, 2006. ISBN 978-0-345-46214-5


Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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