Looking for a little haunted fun in Delaware? Here are some places in the state where paranormal is the norm.
Addy Sea (99 Atlantic Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, 800-418-6764) (website: www.addysea.com) – said to be home to some spooky paranormal activity with rooms 1, 6, and 11 being the most active.
Fort Delaware (45 Clinton St., Delaware City, DE, 302-834-7941) (website: www.destateparks.com) – was used as a Civil War prison for Confederate soldiers, and is one of the most actively haunted locations in Delaware. Situated on Pea Patch Island, the only way to get there is via ferry. It is now part of the Delaware State Park system, and there are ghost tours available through October. A female apparition was captured on camera walking through a wall in the Officer’s Kitchen. It is believed it is the same woman who has been known to address people by name, angrily telling them to “get out!” TAPS researchers captured shocking activity when they filmed their Ghost Hunters Halloween Special last October. It is impossible to go and not feel as if some serious stuff happened there and maybe is about to happen. It is definitely a place worth visiting for its historical significance as well as for the potential to get the scare of a lifetime.
Rockwood Museum (610 Shipley Road, Wilmington, DE 19809, 302-761-4340) (website: www.rockwood.org)
Woodburn (151, Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901, 302-739-5656) (website: http://woodburn.delaware.gov/)
Newark – Cooches Bridge – http://www.visitdelaware.com/attraction.htm?a=64&s=history – First Battle of the American Revolution where the Stars and Stripes was flown in Battle. Delaware militiamen were delaying the British forces who landed at Turkey Point in Maryland so as to give General Washington time to escape from Philadelphia. One legend states that during the initial skirmish between the militia and the Redcoats, a British soldier got his head shot off. On foggy moonless nights people claim to see a Headless British Soldier walking along the roads in the area. There are many other stories associated with the area.
Newark – Deer Park Inn and Tavern – Main Street- http://www.deerparktavern.com/ -Has been remolded several times, but back in the 1800s slaves were traded on the porch. It is said that Edgar Allen Poe wrote “The Raven” there. Once a popular dive for the college kids, the wait staff used to tell stories of sounds on the stairs(which were closed off at the time) when opening or closing the bar. Of course no one was there. Often the front doors would swing as if someone entered, but again, no one was there.
Newark – Lums Pond State Park – http://www.destateparks.com/park/lums-pond/index.asp – In the early 70’s a runaway girl was taken into the woods and killed here. The killer was never caught but sometimes a pleading high pitched voice and muffled screams can be heard from the woods just off the Swamp Forest hiking trail which goes around Lums Pond.
Smyrna – Belmont Hall – http://www.belmont-hall.com/ – one of the most historic buildings in the state. During the American Revolution a guard was fatally shot on “the Captain’s Walk” while guarding the building. His spirit is said to remain in the building and legend has it that his blood is still evident where he collapsed, and then later died, on the second floor.
Wilmington – Dead President’s Tavern – http://www.deadpresidentspub.com/ – This tavern is a very old building (200 years or so) and has had many waiters/waitresses complain of dishes being thrown at them, screaming, dominoes floating from the game boards in the recreation room, and other poltergeist-like incidents and activity, all supposedly related to the ghost of a former customer who was a big prankster (circa 1950’s) named lemonade Mullery, who ended up having the last laugh as he slipped in a puddle of urine in the men’s room and broke his neck in the late 60’s. An odd but true tale, and a strange presence can fairly easily be felt in Dead President’s, even by non-psychic individuals.
Wilmington – Rockwood Mansion – http://www.rockwood.org/home/webpage1.asp – balls of light and strange sounds are observed here.