Historic Brinton Lodge


Horror in Free Love Valley: A haunted theatrical experience inside a 300-year-old mansion. Based on a true story.

Experience the strange but true tale of the horror that shocked Free Love Valley! As you move through Brinton Lodge, a 300-year-old mansion full of mysteries, a scandalous and spine-tingling story of sex, religion, lies, and murder will unfold around you. With a curious cast of creepy characters around every turn, you’ll partake in a unique Halloween event that forgoes cheap tricks and ordinary scares to venture into a true story so fantastical it’s almost supernatural.


Where did this true story take place, you ask? Right here, in the quiet valley near the Lodge. In the 1840s, a sex-driven religious cult settled in these rolling hills, calling themselves the Battle-Axes of the Lord. They believed that love was “an enchantment of the devil,” which gave their homestead the name Free Love Valley. Led by a preacher named Theophilus Gates and his faithful disciple Hatty Williamson, the group tormented the country folk by converting husbands and wives to their hedonistic lifestyle and cavorting through the valley in the nude.


But one October night, the fate of the Battle Axes took a turn. Hannah Shenkle, a local woman, was found murdered in her house, her head chopped off with her own axe. Was the murderer a vengeful wife of a Battle Axe convert? The fanatical Hatty? Or maybe the bible-thumping preacher’s wife? The only one who knows for sure is poor Headless Hannah, whose ghost roams Free Love Valley to this day!


Fridays and Saturdays

10/2/15 - 10/31/15

(plus Sun 10/11)


7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm


$22 per person (18 and up only)


Purchase tickets here >

Or call 610-572-7121 to purchase over the phone


A limited number of tickets may be available at the door if the event is not sold out.


Horror in Free Love Valley is a production of Brinton Lodge Community Theater. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Historic Brinton Lodge.



Enter at your own risk!


Under 18 will not be permitted.


This event includes adult themes and is based on local history. If you are easily offended by sex, religious perversion, or depraved morals, then this event is not for you.


If you have an open mind and an interest in local history that has been covered up for centuries, then please join us.

A seance or fortune telling follow the show at Horror in Free Love Valley

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Midnight Ghost Hunts

As Halloween draws near, the line between the living and dead grows hazy and indistinct, making it a perfect time to seek an encounter with the Other Side. Join us for Midnight Ghost Hunting Tours at Brinton Lodge, every Saturday in October. Click here for tickets and to read more about the true haunting of the Lodge.


Toast with a Ghost! A Spirited Ghost Tour

Indulge your Halloween spirit with a “Toast with a Ghost” at two of Berks County’s most legendary haunted houses! On Sundays from 10/4-11/1/15, “trick or treat” at Ridgewood Winery and Brinton Lodge’s Hidden River Brewery, with treats of handcrafted wine and beer, and tales of the spirits that haunt these reincarnated historic sites. Click here for tickets and to read more.



1808 W. Schuylkill Rd. (Rt. 724) Douglassville, PA 19518

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