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Ho-Ho-Kus Museum Seeks Spirits Of Former Residents At 'Psychic Tea'

Local medium Craig McManus will be showcasing his channeling abilities at this the event at the historic Hermitage.
Local medium Craig McManus will be showcasing his channeling abilities at this the event at the historic Hermitage. Photo Credit: Craig McManus Facebook

HO-HO-KUS, N.J. – Medium Craig McManus is returning to the Hermitage Museum on Sunday, March 26, this time for a "Psychic Tea at the Hermitage."

The event includes a "fabulous high tea," followed by a two-hour channeling session and a tour of the historic museum.

The Rosencrantz family occupied the home from 1807 until 1970. The museum notes that Bess Rosencrantz opened a tea room there in 1917, and before even a month elapsed, a local headline excitedly read, "Hohokus Ghost House Becomes Tea Resort."

For while her niece Mary Elizabeth conducted the tea room's more functional business of preparing tea and things to eat, Bess told stories of the house's spirits and other lore.

A Bergen native, McManus has written several books on ghosts and hauntings – and he's a ghost investigator for folks who think they have "extra unseen tenants." He has previously detected the spirits of Bess and other family members still lingering in the old house, the museum adds.

"Not everyone will be read at this larger group event," organizers note, "but the experience is always an exciting time for both participants and spectators."

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the museum. The tickets were $75: they're already sold out. McManus said more of these are in the works.

Hermitage director Victoria Harty said that McManus has led dozens of events at the museum, including ghost tours in the fall and even one event about Victorian Christmas ornaments.

"All of the events with him are generally very well-attended," Harty added.

McManus does individual and group sessions, as well as public events like this. For more info about McManus, visit his Facebook page or website.

The Hermitage Museum is located at 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, in Ho-Ho-Kus.

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