Join us on a trip into the paranormal! For the next two days we’ll take a journey into the mysterious and magical Columcille Megalith Park in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, have lunch with the ghosts of the Richmond Hotel in Bangor, PA, then become part of a unique paranormal experience at the haunted 1907 Burn Brae Mansion in the tiny hamlet of Glen Spey, set within the Catskill Mountains.
We’ll be guided through this opulent house filled with Tiffany-stained glass windows and architectural charms using ghost hunting equipment to see what we can find. There will be stories upon stories to hear and be entertained as we explore and let the spirits speak. So why not step out of the ordinary and into a mind opening experience and see what fun awaits.
Day One: Columcille Megalith Park
Our travels north will take us to a land of myth and mystery rooted in Celtic spirituality inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. The Columcille Megalith Park is an outdoor sanctuary and sacred space where we can walk among the ancient megaliths and feel the power of the legends from which this place was built.
We’ll share in the stories, walk through the archway of Thor’s Gate and enter the Infinity Gate which are thought to be portals into another world, one of myth and mystery that takes you on a journey into another kind of time that moves not from beginning to end but from beginning to beginning. Once the gate is opened, your soul is invited to a pilgrimage of infinite possibilities. On your voyage from infinity to infinity remember “The way you think it is may not be the way it is at all”.
Haunted Richmond Hotel:
Lunch will be at the haunted and historic Richmond Hotel Bar & Grill, thought to be one of the most haunted places in the state. Built in 1740, the building served as a French Outpost and was used as a courtroom resulting in hangings of those convicted before becoming a tavern in 1760.
Visitors here have reported seeing orbs and hearing the voice of a little girl inexplicably emanating from the kitchen. Don’t be surprised if you feel your back being touched by unseen hands or see doors open and close on their own. We’ll interview some locals to get their stories but let’s see what we can find for ourselves!
Burn Brae Mansion:
Tonight we stay at the Burn Brae Mansion, a beautifully elaborate summer estate that is the last surviving family mansion from Singer Sewing Machine company heirs. Built in 1907, the mansion has an interesting storied past and as a result, is known as a place of paranormal activity and unexplained occurrences. But no worries, there is nothing sinister or negative here. Pat and Mike who have lovingly restored the character of the mansion by bringing back many of the original elements, live comfortably right here in the mansion with their spirit family.
Guests here have heard children’s voices and balls bouncing, seen doors open then slam, seen apparitions of a woman in white, a man in turn of the century clothing and a modern man in overalls. Animals are heard when none are there, and the distinct sound of an organ can be heard when there is no organ in the house. An elderly couple in their 90s who died in the house can be seen from the front yard playing chess through the window or you may hear their classical music or smell her daily baking when nothing is cooking.
Here we will be paranormal investigators, working side by side with expert researchers where we’ll have access to state-of-the-art ghost hunting equipment. In case you feel like you can’t believe your eyes, our investigation will be filmed and edited into a version that you can keep. Before the investigation we’ll have a guided tour of the house and access to the attic’s closet of curiosities.
Also included is a delicious home cooked dinner before our investigation and a full breakfast awaiting us in the morning.
Choose from one of the 4 rooms in the 2nd floor Singer Suite or from one of the 2 rooms on the 3rd floor in the MacKenzie Suite of the mansion.
There are also rooms separate from the mansion in the converted stables that each have a private bath. The choice is yours!
Day 2: Enjoy the Mansion Grounds
This morning after our delicious home cooked breakfast, our investigator will be conducting interviews with anyone who would like to share an experience from the night’s investigation. Spend a leisurely morning among our beautiful surroundings as we exchange stories from our fun ghost hunt.
Wander the lovely grounds lush with streams, open fields, and wooded trails with one leading to the historic Glen Spey Cemetery, the final resting place of the original owners.
One Last Lunch:
Then it’s off to enjoy one last included lunch together at a local spot. Is it haunted? Most likely.
Pricing & Departures:
Departs South Plainfield High School at the end of Lane Ave at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 6:15 PM
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool South lot (across Linwood Ave) at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM
Price per person is $895 Twin & Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $150 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the included address. Final payment is due May 1, 2023. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before May 1, 2023. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after May 1, 2023. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
The Educated Wanderer
Group Tours & Travel
PO Box 632 Berwyn, PA 19312