Along the narrow, twisty road of the Palisades Parkway in New York State lies a small, neat, spooky house.
Okay, not spooky. It’s the Visitor Center. But the one thing I adore about visitor centers is the selection of local or regional books. This year’s buy was Ghosts of Rockland County by Linda Zimmermann.
Rule number one: Don’t read it at night. Learn from my mistakes. While the book is filled with fascinating history about people and places of the area, never forget: It’s a book about ghosts.
From sightings of Benedict Arnold to a young woman named Lily who loved to socialize a decade after her passing to a ghost family annoyed at the current “intruders,” this book makes for a very good read, especially around this time of year.
Less factual in tone but no less interesting is Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore, retold by S. E. Schlosser. It reads like someone telling tales around a campfire and includes other creatures of the night along with ghosts.
So settle in with some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and a circle of people to regale with stories of things that go bump in the night. Or read them alone—if you dare.
You know what happens. You’re reading a story and a character who doesn’t know your language says something in it. And you cringe, because the word is correct but the nuance is wrong.
It had been too long since I walked in the woods so I grabbed a friend and we headed to something easy and quiet. Aside from the polite hellos of other hikers (and two on horses), there was a feeling of serenity. May we all have that in our lives.
Their website: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/59/details.aspx