The main colonial-style structure was built around 1825. The rich soil and abundance of rain in this area of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania made it the perfect spot for a farmhouse. However, perhaps the location made it perfect for a lot of things. In 1837, the building was converted in to a hotel, general store, and post office complete with a stagecoach stop. The business remained very much the same through the Civil War in to the turn of the century.
When the 1930s rolled in, it transformed in to a restaurant, bar and hunting lodge. During the 1960s and 1970s, the building went through some construction. First floor walls were removed. A stage and two bars were built. Canned Heat from Woodstock fame and Tiny Tim both performed at the Roadhouse.
The Hanoverville Roadhouse may be known as a family dining establishment, but is it haunted? Its current owner Charles Oehlbeck believed it to be a possibility, leading to TAPS investigating the building. Most of the activity centers on a little boy. He is described as being around 8 or 10 years of age, dark hair and dark clothing who is often seen weeping. Witnesses have heard odd noises, voices and footsteps. Some have said the Roadhouse also has a bit of poltergeist activity.
TAPS concluded the activity was more “residual” rather than intelligent. Others may or may not agree with that conclusion, but it still leaves us with a question. If a boy truly haunts the Hanoverville Roadhouse, who is he?