The Mystery Inside Tyler Hall


Francis Klingenberg

Within the old corridors of the elegant Tyler Hall lies a mystery that custodians and security officers are willing to tell anybody about – ghosts, noises, and voices.
Tyler Hall is a mysterious building on campus that looks way too elegant and regal for a community college and many people have heard strange, paranormal things that shouldn’t be coming from the mansion.
The wooden floors creak and crack while chandeliers glare from above. The walls speak of history and age, hinting toward dramatic events that occurred in the Tyler family’s mansion.
Matthew Metcalf is the Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, and an instructor at Bucks. He doesn’t stay often into the night, but he has experienced something unique.
“I’ve really never heard anything,” said Metcalf, “but I can feel a presence at night.”
“When you’re there at night, and it’s dark – yeah, you can feel something,” he said.
The feeling in the air is hard to detect, hidden by a dusty, humid scent. Yet, it’s there. There is a foreboding, ominous shadow that looms over anybody’s heart who walks these halls – but isn’t evil.
Metcalf described the feeling as not being malicious, but not being friendly either. “It’s just there.”
Senior Administrative Assistant Sue Pfizenmayer said “I don’t think there’s anything here.” She has an alternate explanation for these noises.
“Bats, birds, and snakes do sneak in occasionally. That could be the source of these noises,” she guessed. It would be very easy to explain the noises, but it doesn’t explain the voices.
Like the tunnel that runs between Tyler Hall and the Orangery, the mansion is susceptible to rodents and birds getting lost.
Pfizenmayer mentioned, “The Tyler family really didn’t have any unfinished business, they were pretty happy.”
Lynn Bintliff, senior administrative assistant, said, “I haven’t felt a thing.”
However, she still believes in the paranormal. “I do believe that there are ghosts, but the Tyler family had happy memories. They aren’t angry,” she concluded.
The Tyler family shaped the course of Bucks County through its significant land ownings, and they was rich. They would have enjoyed the luxuries of life.
“I’m always looking around for that sort of thing, but I haven’t experienced anything,” said Bintliff.
Jared Roberts, writer and editor for the Centurion, gave his opinion. “Life just doesn’t end, it goes somewhere, right?” he wondered, looking away.
“There’s a lot of history in Tyler Hall, so there has to be something there,” he guessed.
Mike Woelk, a CR South graduate, personally doesn’t believe any of it. “All the ghost sightings you see on TV are faked, staged, or hoaxes,” he mentioned.
There really isn’t a consensus on what truly lurks in Tyler Hall – whether it’s the ghosts, a lost bird or snake, or just a hoax. Perhaps that will forever remain a mysterious part of Tyler’s history.
What is true, however, is that nobody can deny that Tyler family had a great impact on Bucks County, and that there will always be a story to be told from those hallowed halls.