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Bethlehem's Sayre Mansion to be featured on 'Ghost Hunters'

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BETHLEHEM, Pa - Spooky season is about to be extended for the Sayre Mansion, even as we enter the holiday season.

The Bethlehem landmark will be featured on "Ghost Hunters" on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

The episode, dubbed "The Sayre Specters," will feature the Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and guest investigators. The episode description says they were called to the mansion "after staff and guests notice an alarming increase in paranormal activity, and they go on to unearth "a grave secret about this historic house of tragedies."

  • Sayre Mansion is set to be featured on 'Ghost Hunters' on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 pm
  • Guests have reported shadowy figures and strange women in the mirrors
  • Don't worry, these ghosts are said to be friendly, though mischievous

According to the Sayre's website, the hotel's spirits, while unidentified, have a playful and mischievous nature.

Guests of room 32 have reported shadowy figures, tugging on their sheets and mysterious cold spots. They’ve also seen reflections of women in the mirror of a room on the second floor, which belonged to the lady of the house.

The mansion has a long history in the Lehigh Valley. It was built in 1858 by Robert Sayre, chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Sayre also founded Bethlehem Iron Works, which would later become the iconic Bethlehem Steel Company. He also sponsored the building of the Episcopalian Cathedral Church of the Nativity and championed the creation of Lehigh University.

He lived in Sayre mansion until 1907, for almost half a century. He had four wives and eight children, which led to additions to the house, notably, a library with 15,000 books, a live-in librarian and a gold-coffered ceiling.

In 1914, the mansion was converted into a fraternity house, and then two decades later, an apartment building. In 1990, it had fallen into disrepair and was slated for demolition. Instead, a local couple spent millions to renovate the mansion and turn it into a bed and breakfast.

In addition to airing on the Travel Channel, the episode can also be streamed on Discovery+.