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Catasauqua’s Taylor House to be featured on Travel Channel’s ‘Ghost Hunters’

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Looking at the calendar, Halloween is still pretty far away. Fortunately, ghosts don’t recognize time, meaning it’s the perfect chance to do some spectral sleuthing at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua.

And while you may think you have a window into the afterlife, save it for the professionals. “Ghost Hunters,” the popular Travel Channel show, is coming to inspect the historic house for an episode that’ll air this May. The Facebook page for the George Taylor House posted about the visit from The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS, announcing that the episode will air at 9 p.m. on May 4 and can be streamed on Discovery+ the same day.

The 1768 house is built on land George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, purchased in Biery’s Port the year prior. Taylor, who became active in Pennsylvania politics while living in the house, and his family lived there until just a few months before he signed the Declaration. He eventually retired to Easton in 1780, living in what is now the historic Parsons-Taylor House on Fourth and Ferry streets until his death in 1781. He’s buried in the Historic Easton Cemetery.

All that is to say: What reason would he have for haunting his Catasauqua home?

When Taylor left, he sold the house to John Benezet, an importer from Philadelphia, but Benezet only lived a few short years in the home before he died (presumably) when his ship was lost at sea sometime in 1780 or 1781. If Benezet’s ghost would have a bone to pick, it’s likely with the Pacific Ocean.

Benezet’s widow sold the home to David Deshler, one of the wealthiest men in the area and a Northampton County representative at the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. Deshler died at age 62 in 1796.

The house changed hands numerous time over the subsequent decades and eventually fell into disrepair until the Lehigh County Historical Society began to restore it 1945. The society purchased and freshened up the whole property in 1982 before selling it to the Borough of Catasauqua in 2008.

If all this ghost hunting sounds familiar, it should be. The TAPS team was in the Lehigh Valley just a few months ago to investigate the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem for an episode in the show’s 15th season. That episode, called “The Sayre Specters,” can be streamed on Discovery+.

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Connor Lagore may be reached at clagore@njadvancemedia.com.

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