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The 6 Most Haunted Places In Delaware

Introduction

Everybody loves a good ghost story, and there are plenty of excellent ones in Delaware. What are Delaware’s most haunted locations, then? For a list of some of the most likely topics, see the article below.

Cannonball House

The Cannonball House was constructed in 1765 on Front Street by boat pilots Gilbert McCracken and David Rowland. Several structures in Lewes were damaged during a two-day bombardment in April of 1813, during the War of 1812. It was during this battle that a projectile became lodged in the house’s foundation. Along with many other pilots, Gilbert McCracken and his son Henry were Delaware militia members. The house was inhabited by several generations of river and bay pilots in the years that followed. It was acquired by the recently established Lewes Historical Society in the 1960s. Currently, it functions as a maritime museum.

Susan, the wife of Captain David Rowland, one of the home’s first owners, is said to have brushed her skirt on the hearth that was on fire. She caught fire and burned to death. Since the historical organization bought the property years ago, tools have been hidden, keys have vanished, and a stubborn door has refused to stay locked. These and other instances have been linked to Susan Rowland’s spirit.

The Lewes Maritime Museum charges an admission fee.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Located at the mouth of Delaware Bay, Cape Henlopen State Park seems like an unusual place for a haunting. Following thousands of years of Native American rule, William Penn gave colonial residents permission to exploit the land’s rich resources in the 1600s. Due to the area’s significance for the Atlantic shore’s defense during World War II, numerous fire towers and Fort Miles were built along the coast.

These fire towers serve as the backdrop for our story. There is a legend that a ghostly soldier is still on duty at Tower 12. certain claim to have seen the face of the deceased soldier in certain pictures shot close to the tower. When approaching the dune next to the tower and campsite trail, some claim to hear a sepulchral voice or growl.

Naturally, guests are welcome to the park, although it shuts at dusk. Each car is subject to a charge.

Dickinson Mansion

The Dickinson Mansion, sometimes referred to as the Poplar House by others, was the plantation home of John Dickinson, one of the signers of the United States Constitution, during his formative years. John’s father, Samuel Dickinson, constructed the home in 1739. A portion of the structure was damaged in a British attack in 1781. During a devastating fire in 1804, it almost burned down. The area was farmed by a mix of tenant farmers, indentured servants, and slaves.

The mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of John Dickinson himself. He seems unable to leave the location. There have been reports that people have heard his pen scratching away on paper in his former study. Levitating luminous orbs, odd cold areas, and unexplained noises emanating from the property have also been reported.

The plantation is owned by Delaware, and public access is provided without charge.

Fort Delaware

In the middle of the 1800s, Fort Delaware was constructed on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River to defend Wilmington and Philadelphia from invasion. A prison during the Civil War was housed there. Even the idea of being imprisoned within its high stone walls was terrifying to Confederate captives. There were about 12,000 Confederate soldiers incarcerated at one point, and around 3,000 of them perished—mostly from smallpox and unfavorable living circumstances. Prisoners slept on the ground when housed in dungeons. In such circumstances, rats would have swiftly transmitted disease.

Numerous ghost stories and hauntings exist because of its connection to Civil War prison populations. There are reports of shadows and more distinct apparitions in the dungeons. Its corridors are reputed to be haunted by voices and creaking chains. There are other legends of the spirits of those who managed to flee but were lost in the Delaware waters, who are said to float at night around the coastlines dressed in their mildewed gray uniforms.

The fort is always open to visitors, and in the fall, paranormal excursions are available.

Rockwood Museum

Wilmington resident Joseph Shipley constructed Rockwood as his retirement home in 1851. It was intended to resemble the English countryside and architectural styles that he loved. The Bringhurst family updated the property in 1895, giving it a taste of early 20th-century design. The land is currently owned by New Castle County.

The property’s Gothic Revival architecture gives the residence a haunted house vibe. This could be a contributing factor to the many reports of paranormal activity there. The sound of footsteps on stairs and the presence of a ghost dog are examples of unexplained phenomena. A guy wearing a red smoking jacket, the “Shadowman,” a ghost that lives in the basement, and, most notably, the ghost of Mary Bringhurst, Joseph Shipley’s distant niece, are among the specific ghosts said to haunt the home. The aroma of lilacs, her favorite perfume, is supposed to have permeated her visage.

Of course, the museum is open to the public, and there are ghost tours available throughout the year.

Woodburn, The Governor’s Residence

The official Governor’s Mansion in Delaware, located in Woodburn, has an extensive and colorful past. Charles Hillyard III constructed the home in 1798. It was in the family for a little period following his passing. The home has been owned by senators, doctors, dentists, abolitionists, gentleman farmers, and landowners over the years. Many governors have resided here since the state of Delaware purchased it to be used as the Governor’s Residence.

Mr. Charles Hillyard III, the original owner, is said to be the main ghost occupant of the house. His first documented appearance was in 1815, while his daughter and son-in-law were entertaining a traveling preacher named Mr. Dow. They asked him to say the grace. The couple replied that they didn’t have any more guests in response to his suggestion that they wait for their other visitor. He described a man wearing knee britches, a ruffled blouse, and a powdered wig when asked to describe the scene. He seemed to be portraying her late father, the hostess thought. Ever since, rumors have it that Mr. Hillyard is still at large if you leave a glass of wine on the stairwell and it’s empty in the morning.

Public tours of Woodburn are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday. But you can’t stay the night until you or a family member wins the Delaware governorship.