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October 7, 2017

October is the month when everybody asks if we believe in ghosts. We probably all have a slightly different answer to that question. Mine is: Not really, but then again, I don’t NOT believe in them either. Whether you believe or not, it’s fun to talk about these mostly unseen souls. So … here’s a little something to add to the conversation.

A number of people claim to have seen ghosts at the Pearl S. Buck House. With that in mind, the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association has arranged a Ghost Tour to introduce you to some of the ghostly inhabitants of Ms. Buck’s home. I asked Cindy Louden, our resident expert, to tell you about it.

From Cindy:

Mortals who care to discover the REAL ghosts in the Pearl S. Buck House are invited to visit on Saturday, October 29, for a slightly spooky, yet family-friendly Ghost Tour. Visitors will encounter some of the many ghosts seen on the property by Pearl S. Buck, her neighbors, and house visitors.

Through the years there have been many documented ghost sightings at the Pearl S. Buck House, including: a ghost called “Devil Harry” who was a drunkard and well known for pinching bottoms of visitors to the House; a ghost called the “Shrubbqe Woman” who spoke with Pearl as she worked in her beloved gardens; a ghost called the “Colonial Children’s Nurse” who quieted people in the House because she was tending to babies on the third floor; a ghost called “Ole Hen” who comes in from farm work to line up for dinner; and a ghost called the “Repentant Preacher” who roams the property telling people to repent.

Real people in the life of Pearl Buck will be brought back from the dead for this one special night. Portrayed by actors, they will host the event, keeping up the tradition set by Pearl who hosted a Community Halloween Party every year. Mrs. Loris, housekeeper to Pearl Buck, will lead daring mortal visitors through the tour of the house and grounds. Richard Walsh, Pearl’s husband will show off his personal office. Pearl S. Buck herself will also make an appearance, as well as a character from the Dickens’ books she loved to read. At the end of the tour, the former gardener, George Gala will offer his fresh-pressed cider made with an original antique apple press

This will be the 6th year of the Ghost Tours. It is a project of the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association.
WHEN:                  Sunday October 29, 2017

Tours start at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 – duration approximately 40 minutes

WHERE:                The Pearl S. Buck House, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA

WHO:                    Family friend! Suitable for middle school ages through adults.

       $15. Pre-registration required.

Thanks, Cindy.

Though I can’t say I’ve ever actually seen a ghost in the house, it’s easy for me to imagine Ms. Buck’s ghost sitting at her desk, her fingers skimming over the keyboard, creating the characters who so vividly inhabit the pages of The Good Earth.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2017 7:21 AM

    Wish I were close enough to go. I’ve never “seen” a ghost but I’ve known that someone I loved was present on a few occasions. It’s an interesting question.

    • October 7, 2017 10:19 AM

      I know what you’re saying, Ellis. I’ve felt the presence of a loved one too – several times, always when I needed them most. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. October 7, 2017 8:41 AM

    The Pearl Buck house sounds like a great place to visit. I have a ghost, or two, in the book I’m working on now. Why not? It’s fiction, right?

    • October 7, 2017 10:21 AM

      Absolutely, Polly. That’s one of the reasons fiction is such a pleasure to read (and write). I look forward to meeting your ghosts. Thanks for your comment.

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