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Turning Back the Pages

Ghost-hunter visits Smith house

David Pitkin was a well-known retired teacher, having taught for 36 years. He was born in 1939 in Corinth and lived most recently in Chestertown. He was a writer, historian and ghost researcher who published eight books on the topic of haunted houses. Pitkin enjoyed tales about ghosts, and he told me he believed in them.

He told me he had in recent years been at the grand house at 46 Hudson, and he experienced a vision of a woman “perhaps smiling wanly,” peering at him from the round-top window at attic level. He wrote, “She seemed to deliberately pull a wide-brimmed hat down onto her head, as if to make a fashion statement of some kind.” He said she wore “trendy World War I style clothes.” David Pitkin died Feb. 13 in Chestertown.

Old-time Chestertown writer and poet, Jeanne Robert Foster wrote in her poem, The Dancing Man, ”You take a chance up here in the mountains moving into an old house — Sometimes folks who lived there don’t want to leave it even though they aren’t on earth anymore.”

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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