In 1990, Thomas Freese was looking to relocate from New Mexico. He traveled east to visit friends, and visited Shakertown at Pleasant Hill. Thomas became intrigued by both Shakertown and the lives and accomplishments of the Shakers. The following year, he moved to Lexington and in 1996 to become one of the Pleasant Hill Singers. While learning and performing Shaker music, he often heard his new friends speak of their Shaker experiences which included some odd occurrences.
Those who work or visit Pleasant Hill have discovered that some Shaker spirits seem to have perhaps returned. Thomas spent the summer of 1998 taking notes and collecting accounts of unusual events that became his book “Ghosts Stories from Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.” His new book Fog Swirler makes a fine companion volume to his earlier book adding new ghost stories from his repertoire.
Thomas Freese has written since 1998 for the Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazine in Lexington, KY. He writes both features articles and a monthly column titled ”Day Trips” based on his travels throughout Kentucky and the surrounding states where he finds intriguing places and people.
Thomas Freese holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies and he is a board member of the Kentucky Storytellers Association.
Works by Thomas Freese can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.