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10 Spooky or Haunted Places in Delaware

Updated on June 14, 2011
Belmont Hall in Smyrna, DE
Belmont Hall in Smyrna, DE
Deer Park Tavern in Newark, DE
Deer Park Tavern in Newark, DE

Delaware has tons of history and many places throughout the state are said to be home to spooky fantoms and unexplained phenomena. As Halloween approaches, there are tons of options to check out* in the oh so spooky First State.

*Remember, trespassing isn't cool, doesn't make friends, and could get you in serious trouble. Get permission first, or go on a guided tour.

10. Cooches Bridge in Newark is said to be haunted by a British soldier who lost his head during Revolutionary War skirmish. On some evenings, his headless body is seen wandering along the road near the bridge.

9. The Addy Sea Inn in Bethany is said to be home to some spooky paranormal activity with rooms 1, 6, and 11 being the most active.

8. Old Newcastle is filled with historic homes, quaint shops, and is in general a lovely little town on the scenic Delaware River. It is also home to two once adjoined, and still haunted homes. The Amstel House and the David Finney Inn were once connected by a secret passageway and both homes to this day are known to have some spooky activity including phantom footsteps and rearranging furniture.

7. Belmont Hall in Smyrna is 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.

6. The Deer Park Tavern in Newark has a checkered past. It was once a place where slaves were sold, it was a seminary, a bar/hotel, and a brothel before ultimately becoming a college and local hangout in Newark. Staff is uneasy at night, and many closing managers do not like to be in the building alone. Bar stools have been captured by security cameras flying off the bar, noises have been heard in the stair wells, and many individuals get the creepy sensation that someone is behind them even though they know they are alone.

5. Camp Arrowhead is a de-centralized, residential summer camp affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. There are lots of spooky campfire stories about various areas around camp, but the most interesting story surrounds the Rec Hall. This building is used to store all the camping gear and recreational items staffers and campers use throughout the summer. It was once a dance hall in Lewes, Delaware and was floated across Rehoboth Bay to where it stands now. Staffers have reported seeing every light on in the Rec Hall, long after everyone has gone to bed. The sounds of music and laughter can be heard, even though the building is empty.

4. Memorial Hall is now home to the English Department at the University of Delaware, but it was originally erected as Delaware's World War I memorial and served as UD's library until 1963. Professors and students reported bizarre occurrences as the building was renovated and evenutally re-dedicated in 1999.

3. The Dickinson Mansion is supposedly haunted by John Dickinson's ghost. He was dubbed the "pen of the American Revolution" and it is reported that disembodied writing sounds can be heard in the area that was once his study, and his spirit has been seen wandering the grounds.

2. Patty Cannon is a notorious figure in Delaware history and folklore. She and her gang kidnapped individuals, and re-sold them into slavery. She was known to escape law enforcement by hopping back and forth across state lines. She was bold, brazen, cruel, and one nasty broad. She was eventually indicted for four murders in 1829, and supposedly committed suicide by ingesting poison while in prison. An industrious official beheaded her for posterity's sake and her skull resides in the Dover Public Library to this day. It is kept in a hatbox.

1. Fort Delaware 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.


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      Jen 5 years ago

      Even though I live in Felton, Delaware, and was born in Delaware, I was hoping that I would visit these haunted places in our state! I wonder if there's a Dart bus that can take me near some of those places. I really am interested in visiting places like the ones you mentioned. My mom told me and my brother that the house that I was born in on the Dover Air Force Base is haunted, since a couple committed suicide in the basement. o_o

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      By Lori 5 years ago from USA

      Makes me wish I was planning a trip to Delaware. Imagine being at the Dickinson Mansion, maybe just strolling outside and coming across the spirit who roams the grounds there.

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      Kelli Anne 5 years ago

      Fort Delaware was an amazing experience. You could hear the noise of a cannon being shot, but when you ask the staff there they said no cannon was shot. There was a restricted area, it didn't have much protection so wandering people couldn't go in. It only has a caution tape. Two of my cousins got nosy and entered the cave like area. About 5 minutes with them inside there, they both ran out terrified. They both described that they saw a man with a beard, he was thin, wearing a type of jailers outfit saying; They found me.. then warned them in a raspy muffled voice 'GET OUT' Then went away into thin air. Also, In one part of the buildings you can hear running footsteps but not like human footsteps. It was way to fast to be human.

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      PennyCarey 5 years ago from Felton

      I remember watching Ghost Hunters investigate Fort Delaware, it was so exciting and creepy! I so want to go there. I'll have to plan a trip sometime. Great hub!

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      cjcarter 6 years ago

      This was great! I live in Newark, DE, and know about some of these places.

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      Heather Crumley 7 years ago

      Hey i live in Delaware I know all these locations. I would be glad to get some pics for you, how do I go about getting permission?

      Let me know.

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      Surya 8 years ago

      Hi, How u doing?

      Great Job! Keep it up!

      Wish you all the best.

      Tahnks and Regards


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      pddm67 8 years ago from Queens, New York

      Cool hub - Luv the spooky stuff ;-) Congratulations on the nomination!

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 8 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Congrats on the nom!

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      juliarg 8 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions... I wish I had taken more pictures when I used to live in DE :)

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Very interesting, and great writing.

      I personally would like to see an emboldened disclaimer at the least. ;)

      And have you checked video sites for some supporting media? Or, perhaps if you live close by you could take some pictures?

      Just a few thoughts.

      Good luck on HP!

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      juliarg 8 years ago

      Thanks so much :)

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Great guide here. Spooky. thanks

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi julia, as I was reading your hub I could feel my goosebumps! LOL I don't know if I would dare and venture into spooky places. But for sure I would like to cheer for you for being a Hubnugget Wannabe! Ready? S-p-o-o-k-y, spooky, spooky, I don't know why! Gosh, I need to practice this one LOL

      Here is the link to the Hubnuggets: where you can find that your hub has been nominated! What are you waiting for? Go! :)

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Great stories and well written. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.