The Historic (and Haunted) Sun Inn - Bethlehem, PA

The Sun Inn in Bethlehem, PA has long been the subject of tales of the supernatural, but one paranormal researcher said he caught what he believes to be a spirit on camera last month.

"The freakiest thing I've ever seen in paranormal," said Scott Wiley, who claimed the black shadow seen on his video is a ghost. "If you take it snapshot by snapshot, you actually see the arms, the legs, the head. You can see the whole back everything."

This isn't the first time a paranormal group has claimed to have captured something at the Sun Inn.

The innkeeper has a lot of stories to tell.

"They set up their equipment and they went in to look at the chest and as they got in there you heard a voice saying, 'We're watching you,'" said Bucky Zulborski, who described another incident involving researchers in the attic of the historic inn. "She was one of the last people to leave the attic and said goodbye to the spirits, and when she got home, she played her recording back and got the voice of a little girl saying, 'Don't go.'"

Perhaps the most chilling story is about Hughetta Bender, who was passionate about preserving the Sun Inn and volunteered there for years. She died in 1995.

Then, one night a group of researchers took a picture. In the corner window, it shows what could be described as a person with white hair wearing an apron.

"When the group was looking through her pictures, I said, 'Oh my God. I know who that is,'" said Szulborski. "Ran over to the office next door and brought back a collage of pictures. There's her in her white apron. Whenever she was in the inn she wore her white apron."

Wiley said he doesn't think the image he captured on video is Hughetta and hopes to go back to the historic inn. - wfmz

This series of video captures seems to show a shadow and orb moving in front of a wall

Bethlehem's Haunted Sun Inn

Sun Inn Preservation Association founder Hughetta Bender put her heart and soul into saving the Main Street historic site.

And some believe her soul still remains in the former 1758 hotel.

On a January visit to the inn, a Lehigh Valley-based paranormal investigation group snapped a photo of what appears to be a woman in a second floor window. The figure looks to have gray hair, glasses and be wearing a white apron.

"I said, 'Oh, my God, that's Hughetta,'" said Bucky Szulborski, a Sun Inn Preservation Association board member who joined the paranormal group on its investigation. "She wore a white apron."

"For that to appear at the Sun Inn -- it's remarkable," he said.

Bender's likeness was far from the only paranormal observation Lehigh Valley Research and Investigation in Paranormal Activity made on two visits to the inn -- Jan. 24 and Saturday.

The group caught on tape at least 15 unknown voices and what they say sounds like a half-hour long ghosts' party in the dining room.

The group ranks the Sun Inn as among the most -- if not the most -- haunted place they've investigated.

"This place is as active as it gets," said member Jim Fitzgerald, a Whitehall Township resident.

The group went room-by-room on both nights, asking if there were any spirits in the inn. They asked about Elizabeth Moore, a nurse who died in 1897 at the inn.

When they asked if Elizabeth was there, someone responded with the word, "Moore," said member Steve Werner, of Bethlehem.

The response was only heard through audiotape, as were all the other unknown voices. Group members believe ghosts affect magnetic forces, so they can often only be heard on tape but not in person.

The group played many of the recordings for the media Thursday, including two instances of a strained voice saying "We're watching you."... - lehighvalleylive


Notable Dates in the Sun Inn's History

- 1758 ~ Building of the Sun Inn began
- 1760 ~ First Guests Welcomed
- 1777 ~ Meeting of the leading members of the Continental Congress. Signed the order of Protection.
- 1792 ~ A deputation of Six Nation Indians, fifty-one chiefs and warriors, including Red Jacket, the Corn Planter and Osiquette, lodged at the Inn on the way to Philadelphia to meet General Washington.
- 1799 ~ Fries Rebellion at the Sun Inn
- 1803 ~ Commodore Berry of the ship United States stayed at the Inn.
- 1826 ~ A full story is added to the Inn
- 1865 ~ November 3, a gala dinner for the honorable Asa Packer upon his announcement of the founding of Lehigh University.
- 1892 ~ Memorial Tablet placed on the occasion of the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration of the settlement of Bethlehem.
- 1910 ~ Brother Albrecht's Secret Chamber: A Legend of the Ancient Moravian Sun Inn at Bethlehem Pennsylvania and What Came of It was published.
- 1972 ~ Founding of the Sun Inn Preservation Association to restore the Inn.
- 1982 ~ The restored Sun Inn is opened. -



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