Robert Oakes is a writer, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. In 2020, Robert's debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing. He is currently working on his second book which will explore the ghost lore of his home state. Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton's The Mount in Lenox, MA, and has represented the museum and its ghosts on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS, and The Apple Seed show on BYUradio. In 2021, Robert also began leading ghost tours at Ventfort Hall and the Church on the Hill, both in Lenox. Robert has written and produced media for AAA, Canyon Ranch, and a number of other organizations and performs as part of the Berkshire-based folk music duo Oakes and Smith. He has also taught elementary, middle, and high-school English and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, VT.
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