Did you know that Delaware was actually one of the first settled areas in what we now know as the United States of America? That means that there are some pretty old buildings to be found and even the land itself has a long and fascinating history. Whenever there is a long and colorful history, you can be pretty sure that hauntings and unexplained events will be sure to follow. It is no big surprise that Delaware has more than its fair share of ghost stories to tell!
Let’s find out a little bit more about some of the most haunted places in Delaware:
8 – Old Maggie’s Bridge, Seaford
The ghost story about Old Maggie’s Bridge is an interesting one, but it certainly does have some elements of urban legend about it given that it seems to be a ‘Bloody Mary’ type of game. However, it is popular enough that local people will still warn visitors about the bridge, so it most likely qualifies for being included, even if it is a little embellished! Anyway, Maggie’s Bridge is located on Route 78 in Seaford and is apparently the site of a fatal accident in which a pregnant woman named Maggie perished. The legend is that of you stand on Maggie’s Bridge at night and shout ‘Maggie, I have your baby’ into the darkness you will soon here the sound of a sobbing Maggie scrambling in the bushes looking for her child.
7 – The Addy Sea, Bethany
The Addy Sea is a beautiful Victorian style bed and breakfast with stunning sea views and a real homely feel. However, this is also one of the most haunted place in Delaware. The house was built in 1902 and was named after John M. Addy Over the years it has changed hands several times, but for the past 25 years The Gravattes have owned and operated the bed and breakfast. They have undertaken extensive restoration work in keeping with the original design.
In terms of the paranormal side of things, it is believed that at least 3 of the 13 rooms are haunted. Room number 1 is the home of The Addy Sea’s infamous haunted bathroom! The cooper bathtub is said to violently shake on occasion and many guests have experienced this strange phenomenon that cannot be easily explained! In room number 6 there is paranormal activity of a very different kind. Often when people pass by the room, they say that they can hear organ music coming from the room even although there is certainly no organ in the room! Finally, room number 11 is said to be haunted by the ghost of Paul Delaney, a man who once worked at The Addy Sea.
These haunted rooms are only the beginning of the paranormal activity at The Addy Sea. There are also reports of a ghost who runs through the hallways in the evening. At certain times the air is filled with the scent of perfume and mysterious music floats through the building. There are also a handful of reports of footsteps on the roof in the dead of night which some claim belong to to ghost of Kurt Addy who fell to his death from the roof many years ago.
6 – Bellevue Hall, Wilmington
Bellevue Hall is a property that sits nestled in Bellevue State Park and it is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Delaware thanks to a number of spirits which call it home. The second and third floors of the building are closed to the public, but staff say that these are by far the most active parts of the property in terms of unexplained activity. The ghosts have been known to mess around with the electricity, move chairs around and they are often heard in the form of disembodied screams and laughter!
5 – Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware also has a rather creepy tale associated with it. It is said that there is a phantom soldier still on duty behind Tower 12. Those who get too close to his post, which is located in a bunker underneath what appears to be a dune near the campground bicycle trail next to Spotting Tower 12, have heard growling or have been yelled at by a disembodied voice. The face of the soldier has also manifested itself in photographs and video clips recorded in the area on a number of different occasions.
4 – Christiana Fire Company Station 12, Christiana
It is said that there are two different ghosts haunting the Christiana Fire Company Station 12. One of them evil and one kind. The evil spirit is said to appear in the doorway of the engineer’s room as a dark, shadowy figure. This one seems to appear much more frequently than the other, kinder ghost. In fact, the kind spirit is rarely seen, but it is believed that whenever the evil spirit appears, the kind spirit is there stopping the evil one from going any further into the hallway. Witnesses say that it is an ongoing battle between good and evil and that anyone present when it happens can most definitely feel it.
3 – Cat Man’s Grave, Frankford
One of the strangest tales to come out of Delaware has to be The Cat man! This story is associated with Long Cemetery, Frankford – said to be one of the most haunted places in Delaware. Apparently, in life, The Cat man was a grave keeper who spent a large portion of his time chasing troublemakers out of the cemetery! He was apparently a very feline looking man and after his death it is said that those cat-like features became more prominent and now the caretaker’s spirit manifests as a part cat part man creature who has often scared away the kids who come to the cemetery to party. He is still watching over the place even in death. It is also said that if you are bold enough to knock on his tomb and disturb him at rest, then he will mess with your vehicle making it so you have difficulty leaving the cemetery!
The Dickinson Mansion, also known as Poplar Hall served as the childhood home of John Dickinson, former congressman and delegate to the US Constitutional Convention of 1787. The property was built in 1739 and almost completely destroyed in a fire during 1804. It is now open to the public as a museum and it is also one of the most haunted places in Delaware.
The house is said to be haunted by John Dickinson himself and many visitors have reported hearing the sound of someone writing in the old master’s study. His apparition has also been seen around the property and his voice has been captured several times via EVP.
Fort Delaware is now inactive, in that it no longer serves as a harbor defense facility. However, it is certainly still active in terms of paranormal activity! Peas Patch Island has been owned by the Military since the 1810s having been seized from a Doctor Gale who was using it as his private hunting ground. The French built the fort to protect Delaware from the confederates and other enemies. In 1812, Captain Samuel Babcock oversaw the efforts to make the fortification stronger. Seawalls and dykes were built at strategic points around the island and then construction of the star fort was started in 1817. However, due to various delays and damage suffered it took much longer to complete than anticipated. The second version of the fort, which is the pentagonal one you see on the island today was designed by Captain Delafield and was built between 1848 and 1859, although it was not declared complete until 1868.
Today, Fort Delaware is said to be one of the most haunted places in Delaware and the dungeons are probably the most active spot in the structure. Prisoners would have been kept in the dungeon without beds or even water. They slept on the floor amidst the vermin so needless to say, death and disease were rife! There have been many people who have reported shadow figures and full body apparitions in the dungeon area and it is not at all uncommon to hear disembodied voices echoing through the dark halls of the fort. There have also been sounds of chains rattling.