Delaware may be small, but it’s full of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Here are 10 haunted places in Delaware that may just leave you sleepless.
Fort Delaware – Delaware City
Now a state park, Fort Delaware once imprisoned Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Now the soldiers’ restless spirits reportedly pace the halls, searching for a way out. Other ghosts at the old fort include a guard who died after tumbling down a set of stairs and a kitchen servant who checks up on equipment and meals.
Cry Baby Bridge – Smyrna
A deformed infant reportedly haunts a cry baby bridge in Smyrna (located on Walnut Tree Road between Smyrna, Delaware and Millington, Maryland). Abandoned and murdered by his teenage mother, the furious baby screams and wails and kicks his hideously strong legs, felling trees in the process. Visitors report their cars behave strangely at the old bridge and that the baby prevents young women from leaving because he believes they may be his long-lost mother.
Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant – Wilmington
Housed in a building more than 200 years old, Dead Presidents Pub is reportedly haunted, not by a dead president, but by “Lemonade” Mullery, a former patron who died after slipping on a puddle of urine in the men’s room. Bartenders and waitresses now claim the spirit hurls dishes, levitates dominoes, and cackles at bewildered guests.
Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast – Bethany Beach
Built in the early 1900s, the Addy Sea Inn has three haunted rooms, plus a haunted roof. The original cooper bathtub in Room 1 reportedly shakes violently when the resident spirit is displeased. Ghostly organ music emanates from Room 6, and the apparition of a former handyman appears in Room 11. Legend has it one of the Addy sons fell off the roof and died, and that his ghostly footsteps pound along the roof today.
Woodland Beach – Woodland
In the early 1900s, a popular boardwalk once stood on Woodland Beach. Only a few posts remain now. According to local lore, the living can see the spirits of the dead walking along the old boardwalk under the light of the full moon. If they listen closely, visitors can also hear snatches of ghostly laughter along with calliope music.
Deer Park Tavern – Newark
Once a hotel, now a bar and restaurant, Deer Park Tavern is reportedly plagued by unexplained footsteps and a door that creaks open and close on its own. It’s not clear who is responsible for the haunting, but the old building was once the site of slave trading. Could the mistreated souls be to blame?
Lums Pond State Park – Newark
Legend has it a runaway in the 1870s was raped and murdered in the woods near what is now Lums Pond State Park. Authorities never caught the killer, and the murder slowly started to fade from public consciousness. That is, until visitors began hearing haunting screams coming from the woods near the Swamp Forest hiking trail.
Rockwood Mansion – Wilmington
Built in 1851, the Rockwood Mansion was home to the prosperous Bringhurst family for more than 70 years. Now, the mansion and its grounds serve as a museum and public park. It’s also said to be haunted. Stories of mysterious glowing balls of light and eerie sounds have long been part of the mansion’s lore.
Cannonball House – Lewes
This aptly named home has a cannon ball in its front wall, a gift from the British during the War of 1812. However, it’s not a soldier that reportedly haunts this historic home but rather a former resident who burned to death after her dress caught fire. The ghost (or ghosts) makes itself known by hiding objects, banging on walls, and warning visitors not to go upstairs.
Christiana Fire Company – Christiana
They say two ghosts haunt the Christiana firehouse, one good and one evil. The evil spirit lurks near the engineer’s room, appearing as a menacing shadow in the doorway. However, the evil presence cannot actually enter the room due to the influence of the good spirit who watches over the station and its firefighters.