John Dickinson House, Dover, DE

Reported ghosts of John Dickinson House, Dover

Dickinson Mansion is said to be haunted by the “pen of the American Revolution”, John Dickinson. Many people who have been in the mansion have reported hearing writing sounds coming from the old master’s old study. He has been seen wandering around the property and EVPs of his voice have reportedly been captured.


The Dickinson Mansion or Poplar Hall served as the home of John Dickinson, who spent his boyhood in the mansion. It was built in 1739 by Judge Samuel Dickinson but it was damaged during the British raid in 1781. The property was also almost completely destroyed during the fire of 1804. John Dickinson lived in the mansion for just 2 years and it was eventually purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1952 and was then given to the State of Delaware.

John Dickinson was a politician and lawyer who spent most of his time in Delaware and Philadelphia. He was also a congressman and a delegate to the US Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was a staunch supporter of the establishment of the new government during the American Revolution. The house is now open as a museum.

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