Every year, come Halloween, Jack O’ Lanterns, dozens of them, show up and glow on the bridge at Patchin Mills.
This is the story behind them.
If you have a good connection, enjoy the show full screen in HD!
The music is the Symphonie Fantastique, the fifth movement with the Dies Irae theme, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
There were two mills sharing the stream and mill pond run by the Patchins. The grist mill, still standing in the background, and a wood saw mill on the other bank but has long gone.
You can see more about Patchin grist mill in a video tour of the interior works at This Old Mill. And, of course, you can see more of Pine Plains on this website. Enjoy!
Thanks to John Bradley (a Patchin) and Gary Hoffman, descendants of the founders and operators of the mills, for their participation.
I’d like to crowdsource credits to the pumpkin carvers. Just send a comment in the field below if you know who should get some credit.
And take a stroll through the videos on the rest of the site starting here. Enjoy!