Hauntings of Delaware

Aside being a tiny state in the upper east of the United States, Delaware is a beautifully historic destination, but a lot of those locations are plagued with paranormal activity..

Cape Henlopen State Park in Sussex County

Though it was always technically a public place, it wasn’t declared a national park until 1964. William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania and early leader of Delaware, stated that Cape Henlopen be a place of enjoyment and recreation for the citizens, which made it one of the first places for public use in the thirteen colonies.

The park was of great importance for the US Navy and the US Army, during the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War 1 and 2, and the War of 1812. The 6th lighthouse constructed along the Atlantic coast was built in 1767-69 and was abandoned in 1920 after a storm damaged the structure extremely. It now rests on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean since it fell in, in 1926.

Today, the park is still open and used for visitors and wildlife to roam free. But ghosts of the past still wander along the shore as well. Mostly spotted is the shadow of a soldier around tower twelve. He’s also been seen in photos and pictures taken on the grounds. Some say if you get too close to the tower, you’ll hear yelling and even growling, so I’d keep my distance for sure…

The John Dickinson House (Plantation) in Dover

Also known as Poplar Hall, it is a Early Georgian mansion built in 1739-40 by Judge Samuel Dickinson, father of John. In 1752 and 1754, wings were added to the home, increasing its size. The original house endured a substantial amount of damage during a British raid in August of 1781, then was nearly destroyed later by a fire.

John was a significant lawyer and politician and a Continental Congressman of Pennsylvania and Delaware, along with a few other political titles relevant to both states. He was also one of the richest men in the American colonies. Although he voted against the Declaration of Independence, he was in favor of the establishment of a new government.

Today, the plantation is well-known for its hauntings of John as visitors have heard someone writing in the study and he has been spotted around the area and his voice has even been captured on EVP. I guess he still owns the home in some way…

Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island

Fort Delaware in 2011

Fort Delaware used to be a harbor defense structure and it was designed by chief engineer Joseph Gilbert Totten. During the American Civil War, it was used by the Union as a prison for Confederates, political prisoners, federal convicts, and privateer officers. In the time of World War I, the fort was garrisoned (used as a station for troops) for a short period of time and in World War II, after being garrisoned then as well, most of the fort was eventually stripped of its electrical wiring to be used at Fort Miles.

In 1947, Delaware was able to obtain ownership of the fort from the government. Today, it is a state park that stands tall and wide, encompassing the stains and scars of the past it still carries within its walls.

People have heard moaning in the dungeon, along with chain sounds. Soldiers have manifested and have been spotted across the grounds. There has even been a report of a pirate being seen on the property. It’s no surprise that this fort is blanketed in restless spirits and soldiers to this day, so much horror and gruesome torture went on behind the brick…

Governor’s Mansion in Dover

This is the home (also called WoodBurn) of the Governor of Delaware of his/her family (hence the name Governor’s mansion). It resides in Dover and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972.

The land the home stands on was given to David Morgan and his following heirs by the Swedish crown in 1684. It was later purchased at a sheriff’s sale by a man named Charles Hillyard III for $110 and built the Governor’s house upon it. After the home was inherited Hillyard’s daughter, it went through several owners, now in the hands of Governor Charles L. Terry, Jr. and his wife.

Paranormal activity in the home has been recorded since 1815 when previous owners spotted apparitions that were mistaken for real people. The wife of the gentleman that saw it would then set out wine for the male ghost on the stairs, for it would become empty every time.

Belmont Hall in Smyrna

Built in 1773 by Thomas Collins (8th governor of Delaware), Belmont Hall is a Georgian home located in Smyrna. It stands three stories high and about five bays wide.

In 1684, this six hundred acre land was given to Henry Pearman by William Penn and it became known as Pearman’s Choice. A little brick house was built on it then but was sold – along with two hundred acres – to Andrew Love seven years later. The property was later bought by Thomas Collins. Before his death, a British party attempted to capture Collins and shot at him only to miss and killed a soldier in the home instead as he died on the second floor. A plaque was put in place to remember him and his spirit has been spotted around the home today. Collins also died at Belmont Hall in 1789.

The state of Delaware owns the home today so it’s recommended you do not trespass.

If you have visited any of these places or have any personal experiences of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below. As Always, thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The information above is a combination of prior knowledge and research. No works were plagiarized, only referenced as a source of information. While anyone is welcome to comment, I attempt to make this a positive and friendly community where we can share our experiences. Any derogatory or negative comment(s) will be deleted. As always, reader discretion is advised.

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