THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       DELAWARE   ADDY SEA BED & BREAKFAST (BETHANY BEACH) The current B&B was built in 1902 and was named after John M. Addy whose family began renting it for church groups during the Depression Era. It has changed owners several times but is currently owned and managed by the Gravattes, who have continued to operate it as a bed and breakfast. It is reported that at least 3 rooms in The Addy Sea are haunted, rooms 1, 6 and 11. Room 1 is said to have a haunted bathroom in which the tub is said to violently shake sporadically with many guests witnessing it. Organ music can be heard coming from Room 6 even though there is no such instrument there. Room 11 is haunted by a man who used to work for The Addy Sea, Paul Delaney. Aside from the haunted rooms, there is a report of a ghost that runs through the hallways of the bed and breakfast during evening with the smell of perfume filling the air and the sound of mysterious music floating through the hallways at night. Footsteps can be heard on the roof at night, which are supposedly made by the ghost of Kurt Addy who fell off the roof to his death years ago. AMSTEL HOUSE (NEWCASTLE) Also known as Dr. Finney House, this is a preserved building in New Castle. 19th century New Castle's decline meant that many owners of homes could no longer afford to make changes to them, which is why so many buildings were preserved. That changed, however, when New Castle was "rediscovered" during the Colonial Revival phase of the 1920s and 1930s and old buildings began to be torn down and replaced by new construction. A ghost called “The Woman in Blue” who is thought to be one of the family members haunts both residences. At the Amstel House Museum, the presence seems to like the third floor, where it opens and closes windows and doors and moves objects. BELLEVUE HALL (WILMINGTON) William H. du Pont, Jr. continued in the family company, which had diversified into a chemical company. He bought this original Gothic Revival castle mansion, a semi-fixer-upper and its significant acreage for his family and transformed it into a replica of President James Madison’s home, Montpelier, improving the recreation opportunities, including a top-notch stable reflecting his love of horses and tennis courts. 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 the 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 fool around with the electricity, move chairs and are often heard in the form of disembodied screams and laughter. BELMONT HALL (SMYRNA) Belmont Hall was built in 1753 by Thomas Collins who was the sixth governor of Delaware. It is one of the most historic buildings in the state. In 1777, a British party was attempting to capture Collins and shot a sentry that was posted on the widow’s walk. The sentry died in the room below with his death commemorated by a plaque. During the American Revolution another guard was fatally shot on “the Captain’s Walk” while on duty and his spirit is said to remain in the building. Legend has it that his blood is still evident where he collapsed and then later died, on the second floor. BLEVINS HOUSE (SMYRNA) One of Delaware's most haunted homes was built at the turn of the 19th century and is located in the Historical District of Smyrna, in Kent County. Rich in both history and character, the home has been everything from a prime dwelling to the affluent Blevins family to several businesses throughout the years. It’s said to be haunted by a number of spirits and reports there include ghostly balls of light that have been seen throughout the halls and rooms as well as from outside in the garden, footsteps, disembodied voices, feelings of someone else being present while you're alone and spectral figures that have been spotted in some of the rooms. A ghostly barking dog has also been heard, as well as the spirit of a neighbor who disappears when approached. Along with these, there's also a faceless man who looks into the house through the living room window and the ghost of a man who according to legend, was crushed by a fallen tree and appears with a headless body, walking the mansion grounds, possibly in search of his fractured skull. CANNONBALL HOUSE (LEWES) The Cannonball House is so named due to the battle scars it bears from a run-in with the British in 1813. During the Bombardment of Lewes, the Brits attacked the town and kept the canal front under siege, but eventually were defeated with the help of two forts that once sat in the park across the street. The Cannonball House was hit, and that same cannonball remains lodged in its side today. While restoring the house in the 1960s, the Lewes Historical Society's maintenance man Fred Hudson would neatly arrange his tools each night, only to find them scattered the next day and a door to the attic ajar. After coming in time and time again to the same scene Fred nailed the latch to the door shut believing if a squirrel or other animal was causing the issue, surely this would stop it. The next morning, the nail had popped out, and the tools were scattered. In the same room in 1917 a woman's dress had caught on fire and quickly spread through the room, killing her. Hudson attributes the event to her ghost. It wasn't the only time someone was spooked in the building. A tough, former Delaware River captain came to visit the house, now a museum. It’s not clear what he experienced, but he came downstairs and said, 'I just have to get out of the house, there's just something there.”  CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK (LEWES) Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes has a rather creepy tale associated with it. Visitors report strange obs in the trees and the sound of growling coming from the bushes and it’s said that there is a phantom soldier still on duty behind Tower 12. Those who get too close to his post, 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. He has also made his appearance in windows, rear view mirrors and around the nearby college campus grounds. CAT MAN’S GRAVE (FRANKFORD) One of the strangest tales to come out of Delaware has to be The Cat Man. The story is associated with Long Cemetery which is 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 said to be a very “feline” looking man and after his death, it is said that those cat-like features became more prominent and that now his spirit manifests as part cat, part man who has often scared away kids who come to the cemetery to party, watching over the place even in death. It is also said that if you are bold enough to knock on his tomb and disturb his rest, he will mess with your vehicle making it so you have difficulty leaving the cemetery. COOCH’S BRIDGE (NEWARK) Fought on September 3, 1777, the Battle of Cooch's Bridge has two principal distinctions. First, it was the only battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on Delaware soil secondly, marked the first time that the Stars and Stripes was flown in battle. It was fought between British and Hessian troops under Generals Cornwallis, Howe, and Knyphausen and the Colonial troops under General Washington. A British cannonball decapitated Charlie Miller, a young Colonial volunteer, as he rode his white horse across the bone yard during the skirmish. Legend has it the haunted horseman continues to search for his head along the I-95 median strip, beside backed-up weekend traffic at nearby tollbooth lanes, and along wooded sections of Welsh Tract Road. Various people have reported seeing the ghosts of a small groups of soldiers charging toward each another in the small clearings and fields that make up the battle site. Another piece of lore says that Cooch's Bridge is haunted by a Confederate soldier who was also a fiddler. His legend states that if you throw a piece of silver off the bridge into the creek at midnight, he'll play his fiddle for you. CRABBY DICK’S DELAWARE CITY) John Buchheit III used to laugh at talk of ghosts. Then he moved to the tidewater town of Delaware City and it became clear they do exist after he started buying historic buildings. The Delaware City Hotel was established in 1830 but at the time it was known as the Sterling Hotel. Now, it’s home to Buchheit’s Crabby Dick’s, a funky seafood restaurant that serves up delicious meals with a great view of the river. The good food isn’t the only draw, though – the building is said to be haunted by several ghosts. The Sterling Hotel was a popular tavern that hosted all kinds of people including soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Delaware that would spend their off hours drinking there. To this day, it's suspected that many of these former rowdy soldiers haunt the grounds of their favorite tavern. Loud, unexplained noises can often be heard coming from all areas of the old building with doors opening and shuting on their own and orbs appearing in photos taken by guests. Other than the soldiers, the original owner's wife often appears when men are dining here alone. and the restaurant is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former chambermaid named Sandy. In a 2012 interview in the New Journal paper the current owner of the restaurant talked about meeting this spirit on his first night in the building and being told to "Get Out!". He told the spirit that he owned the building and claimed he had reached an understanding with Sandy. He also said that he never believed in ghosts until he met this one and today the restaurant hosts paranormal research conferences and investigation teams from time to time. DAVID FINNEY INN (NEWCASTLE) Built in 1683, New Castle’s David Finney Inn began as a law office for David Finney, a lawyer and soldier. In 1794, Judge James Booth Sr. purchased the building, expanded it and lived there until 1825. It was later converted into a boarding house before transforming into the Hotel Louise in 1895. It is also said to be one of the most haunted inns in Delaware. Oddly, it’s thought to be haunted by a spirit that also roams the nearby Amstel House Museum (which is also said to be incredibly haunted). The two buildings were actually once linked by an underground tunnel and it is believed that the spirit is a member of the Finney family. The paranormal activity seems to be focused on the third floor and guests occupying these rooms have reported a variety of strange activity including doors and windows opening by themselves and objects being moved around by unseen hands. Coincidentally, the activity at Amstel House also seems to focus on the third floor. DEAD PRESIDENTS PUB & RESTAURANT (WILMINGTON) Little is known about the history of the 200-year-old building that now houses the Dead Presidents Pub and Restaurant, but there is evidence to suggest it was once several separate buildings and households that were joined together as the years went by. During its early years it was common practice for rooms in houses to be converted into makeshift chapels by their residents, a fact that is evident by the ornate carving of Christ in what is now the basement storage room. Another bar once existed with a regular patron who went by the name of “Lemonade” Mullery. A practical joker in life, Mullery enjoyed tossing things at waitresses and playing pranks on the other patrons. Now waitresses and waiters often report the sound of screaming coming from down the stairs leading to the area where Mullery supposedly died. More frightening, however, is the occasional muffled giggle that originates from the same area that often erupts into peels of laughter as the victim’s fear increases. His most unsettling trick is to throw things at the staff as he when alive. Dishes, glasses, dominoes, ashtrays and any other thing capable of becoming a missile have been reportedly used against the living in this restaurant, giving the place a strange but interesting appeal. According to some of the wait-staff, Mullery is still playing pranks, throwing dishes and laughing at them behind their backs. DEER PARK TAVERN (NEWARK) The St. Patrick's Inn was said to play host to famous historical figures such as George Washington and in 1843, Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, the Deer Park logo is based on Poe's classic poem "The Raven". In the Fall of 1764, Mason and Dixon made their base of operations in Delaware at the St. Patrick's Tavern in Newark, where the Deer Park Tavern now stands and tavern scenes in Thomas Pynchon's 1997 novel Mason & Dixon are consistent with at least one contemporary account of their enjoyment of the taproom. The first railroad line built through Newark in 1869 was close to the building and helped to escalate the hotel's popularity. At this time, The Deer Park was considered one of the finest hotels on the east coast. Much history surrounds the Deer Park including rumors that the basement was used as part of the Underground Railroad before the Civil War and in the 1970s, local bands such as George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers played the back room. On October 5, 2010 MSNBC political TV show The Rachel Maddow Show broadcast its show live from the second floor of the Deer Park, which was chosen due to Delaware's upcoming U.S senatorial election. The most common occurrences of paranormal activity here is that of what can only be described as poltergeist-like happenings. The staff have reported that on many occasions the bar stools drag themselves across the floor and fall over on their own and items behind the bar are rearranged when no one is responsible. Some of the most commonly heard theories about who could be haunting the building are that of an outlaw who was gunned down in the street right outside the front of the building. Another catalyst to the haunting might be an old lady who was a common guest at the tavern and died from natural causes in one of the upper rooms. Who she was seems unknown. The only other reports of ghostly activity here are on the top floor landing, where guests have reported hearing footsteps walking across the landing to their doors, only to fall silent when reaching it. DELAWARE GOVERNOR’S MANSION (DOVER) Also known as Woodburn house, this is the official residence of the Governor of Delaware and his family. During the 1780s, Charles Hillyard III purchased the land for $110 and by 1790 the construction of the house was completed. It’s been home to many wealthy citizens and politicians of Delaware and in 1965 it was bought by the State of Delaware. There have also been reports about sightings of different ghosts and paranormal activities in Woodburn. After Hillyard's death in 1814 the house was inherited by his daughter Mary and her husband, Dr. Martin W. Bates who was also a lawyer and a US Senator. Mr. Lorenzo Dow, a Methodist preacher, was staying at their place as a guest in 1815 when one morning he approached the breakfast table and he asked the couple to wait for the other guest. When inquired about who this other guest was he said that he passed a man dressed in old fashioned clothes on his way down the stairs. The description of the man sent chills down the spine of Mary as the man turned out to be the ghost of her father. Mr. Hillyard was also an avid lover of wine and there have been instances when he has been seen helping himself to a glass. Governor Charles Terry Jr., a former resident of the Governor's House, stated that during his stay from 1965 to 1969, he would often find the wine decanter he filled the previous night empty in the morning. In 1870, a woman was revived from a fainting spell after seeing a ghostly old man in a white wig. The dining room is a favorite hangout spot and past Governors' wives have reported hearing footsteps in there at all hours of the night. In 1825, the home was sold to Daniel Cowgill and his wife Mary. Daniel was a devoted abolitionist and a Quaker who freed his family's slaves, but a group of slave raiders caught wind of this and came to Woodburn to re-capture the freed slaves as the house was a part of the Underground Railroad. Cowgill chased them away but one of them hid in a tree. After waiting for time, he dozed off and fell from it getting his head stuck between two branches and subsequently died a painful death. It’s said you can still hear his agonizing moans from the tree. The ghost of a mysterious young girl wearing a red gingham dress is another frequent visitor to the house and is often seen walking around the reflecting pool holding a candle. She was also spotted crashing the inauguration party of Governor Michael Castle in 1985 when many guests complained about being tugged by an invisible presence. One guest at that party reported seeing the girl in the corner of one of the rooms. Other ghosts include a woman in a portrait who smiles at guests and a man dressed in Revolutionary War-era garb. DELAWARE ROUTE 12 (KENT COUNTY) What would become Route 12 was built as a state highway during the 1920s. It ran between Felton and Frederica in 1936 and extended west to Maryland by 1938. The eastern terminus was moved to its current location in 1965 when US 113 (now Route 1) was re-routed to bypass Frederica. The road is also a haven of unexplained paranormal activity for drivers and hikers alike including screams that emanate from the surrounding woods, a dog chain that jingles and the sound of something that appears to be consuming a carcass of some sort. It’s further said a ghostly black dog with glowing red eyes wanders the area. Legend has it the dog belonged to a tenant along the road and killed the man’s landlord when he came for his rent. The story goes that by consuming the man the dog gained human-like properties and was never able to move on after death. Some claim to have been chased by the dog and go so far as to say they have received bites that required medical attention. Also seen are full-bodied apparitions, lights streaking across the sky and vehicles inexplicably becoming disabled only to start with no problem after a few anxious moments but its headlights shining on the demon dog right in front of their car. FIRE COMPANY STATION 12 (CHRISTIANA) I t is said that there are two different ghosts haunting the Christiana Fire Company Station 12. One of them believed to be evil and one benevolent. The evil spirit is said to appear in the doorway of the engineer’s room as a dark, shadowy figure and 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 manifests, the kind spirit is there to prevent it from going any further. Witnesses say that it is an ongoing battle between good and evil and that anyone present when it happens can most definitely feel that energy. FORT DELAWARE (DELAWARE CITY) Fort Delaware was never meant to be a prisoner-of-war facility, but as an armed defender of Philadelphia and Wilmington. As the South was never able to utilize the site, the fort's mission changed from that of a garrison to a prisoner-of-war camp so in 1862, construction began on a complex that was to exist outside the fort and incarcerate 10,000 people. By April 1864 hundreds had died from malaria and dysentery and by the end of the war, of the 33,000 prisoners who set foot onto the island, 3,200 died there. With all these tragic historical occurrences, it is hard to debate why many say Fort Delaware is one of the most actively haunted locations in the state. A female (initially thought to be one of the costumed re-enactors) once appeared in the Officer's Kitchen and observed what ACTUAL re-enactment workers were doing. Dressed in Civil War era clothing, she nodded her approval and disappeared into the corner walls. In 2005, a visitor captured that same apparition through a camera lens and the print shows the outline of a woman dressed in black. George Contant, the fort’s historic site manager, went to buy a frame for the photo in a Dover store and as he went through the checkout line, a corner of the frame suddenly broke off without anyone touching it and flew across the room. The cashier was so upset that she left her register. That same frame – minus the corner – still holds the photo of the apparition. It is also believed to be the same woman who has been known to address people by name, angrily telling them to "get out!" Other reports include sightings of a Confederate soldier, sounds of unexplained sounds and the disembodied laughter of a little girl. Visitors and fort employees have also reported seeing a bearded man in a gray uniform in a cell that was used as a solitary confinement that is believed to be James Jay Archer, an officer that was imprisoned there after defaulting on a promise never to attempt an escape in return for more liberties. Archer was sentenced to solitary confinement in a powder magazine on the southern end of the fort where he became deathly ill and died shortly thereafter in Richmond, Virginia. The location was featured on a special live Halloween episode of Ghost Hunters. GREAT CYPRESS SWAMP (DELMARVA) The Great Cypress Swamp (or Burnt Swamp) is located in southern Delaware and spills over into Maryland and is the largest contiguous forest on the Delmarva Peninsula. It was in this forested swamp that tales of a legendary swamp monster were born. During the early part of the 20th century, stories of a monster began to circulate in and around the Great Cypress Swamp and by the 1930s—especially after an 8-month fire ravaged the landscape—swamp monster tales had gained wide acceptance throughout the community. Dubbed the Selbyville Swamp Monster or the Burnt Swamp Monster, the creature was blamed for the deaths of livestock, missing pets, or chasing away frightened hunters. Descriptions of the monster are not always consistent as sometimes it is said to be a bipedal and hairy creature, while other accounts make it seem more ghostlike. This is not surprising as there are a few more ghost legends that come from the Burnt Swamp. There are reports of lights floating through the trees, occult activities and the cries of banshees throughout the night. HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY (WILMINGTON) The museum opened in 1957 and was the site of the Gunpowder Works founded by I.E. duPont in 1802. It plays home to a restored mill, worker’s community and the original duPont home. As local legend has it, the area is a mecca for the paranormal with visitors and staff reporting orbs in nearly every photograph taken there and shadowy apparitions with glowing eyes looking through windows at night. Unexplainable electrical malfunctions and disturbing voices popping up in the background of recordings are also quite common. Though several full-bodied apparitions have been sighted here, the most frequent is that of a woman wearing a white dress and a bonnet. Not much is known of her life, but she also appears a a faint mist as well as a solid being. For whatever reason, her apparition is said to install a feeling of calm and peace and is known to make herself known to children who are lost or alone and has guided several back to their parents. JOHN DICKENSON HOUSE (DOVER) The Dickinson Mansion or Poplar Hall is located on the Dickinson Plantation and once served as the home of John Dickinson, who spent his boyhood there. It was built in 1739 by Judge Samuel Dickinson but sustained damaged during a British raid in 1781. The property was also almost completely destroyed during a fire in 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 given to the State of Delaware. Dickinson Mansion is said to be haunted by the “pen of the American Revolution”, John Dickinson. Many people who have been there have reported hearing strange sounds coming from the old master’s study. He has been seen wandering around the property and EVPs of his voice have reportedly been captured. The most common report emanating from Delaware’s most haunted house is the sound of a quill pen writing on parchment paper that is perhaps the ghost Dickinson continuing his work after death. Nobody knows for sure but residents maintain it’s indeed one of the most haunted in the state. Other reports of paranormal activity at the mansion include odd sounds echoing through the halls, sudden cold spots, and strange orbs appearing in photos taken throughout the grounds. KENSEY JOHN HOMESTEAD (NEW CASTLE) Legend has it that the ghost of a woman dressed in white silk with a pearl hair comb and soft leather slippers appeared to a large number of people during a house party in the 1800s. Seemingly attracted by the festivities, she was first observed standing by a baby’s crib after one of the guests had left the crying infant in it while she joined the others. Someone noticed the baby had stopped crying and went in to check on it where they found a pale-looking woman rocking and comforting it. Incredibly, this woman later sat down at the dining table with the other guests but before anyone could question who the stranger in their midst was, she disappeared from view, perhaps satisfied that all were enjoying themselves in the home she still called her own. One rather unsettling story about the house was when former owners had been locked in while alone in the house. LOCUST GROVE FARM (MIDDLETOWN) The site was founded in 1790 by William Croghan and his wife Lucy who was the sister of George Rogers Clark, former surveying partner of William Croghan and William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Tracing their way back from the Pacific Ocean on November 8, 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived at Locust Grove to a homecoming where Lucy Clark Croghan and her family welcomed them back from their journey. Locust Grove remains the only residence still in existence west of the Appalachian Mountains to have sheltered Lewis and Clark. In the Fall of 2006, Locust Grove commemorated the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's return. This haunted farm house holds the legend of a young boy who passed away while living there in the early 1900s. The boy moves toys and furniture around, flicks the lights on and off, and turns off electronic devices. Voices have been heard, as have unexplainable noises, according to former tenants of the house. Some have even reported seeing the young boy in the sun room, allegedly his favorite place to play in. LUM’S POND STATE PARK (BEAR) Lums Pond State Park is the location of the largest freshwater pond in the state and is a popular destination for guests to go canoeing or kayaking. Like many Delaware locations, the park has long been rumored to be haunted due to a tragedy that occurred on its grounds. According to the story, a young girl ran away from her New Castle home some time in the 1970s and ended up hiding out in the woods near the Lums Pond State Park where she came face-to-face with a dangerous man also camping in the woods. The man captured her, assaulted her, and murdered her. While authorities found the girl's body quickly, they never apprehended the killer. She allegedly was killed near a bridge on the park's trails and guests crossing it report they sometimes see the girl's ghost and other times hear her screaming, crying or splashing in the water. She appears in a white gown with pale skin and an “unnatural” look about her. Sometimes, the temperature also drops dramatically on the bridge. Visitors report orbs of light bouncing through the trees and large shadow-like figures stalking campers and hikers.  NEWCASTLE COURTHOUSE MUSEUM (NEWCASTLE) The courthouse has a long and fascinating history. The oldest building was constructed in 1687 but later destroyed by a fire in 1789. It was rebuilt a year later and served as the state capitol from 1730 until 1777 and was reopened to the public much later in 1963 as a museum. Many reports of ghostly activity have sprouted up throughout the years including extreme cold spot, doors slamming very loudly on their own and faces popping up behind those who see their own reflections in mirrors or windows. The most famous apparition here is that of a tall, dark figure with glowing eyes. Not much is known about who or what this thing is, but it is known to appear after dark with many reporting seeing it through windows intently staring back at them. OLD MAGGIE’S BRIDGE (SEAFORD) Located on a small stretch of back road bordering a river, it’s said that a young woman by the name of Maggie Blossom was killed here. Some say it was because of a horseback riding accident, others maintain it was an automobile crash and still others insist it was actually a cold-blooded murder. All renditions of the story do end the same way with her decapitation. It is also said that she was pregnant at the time and if you visit at night and say the words, “Maggie, I’ve got your baby”, it will call her spirit to you who will appear in the form of a headless, translucent and rotting body floating through the air and has been known to get extremely aggressive at times. Many have also reported the horrific sight of her severed heading moaning or shrieking at any who cross its path. Also seen are dark figures moving on either side of the bridge at night, strange orbs and the feeling of panic and fear. ROCKWOOD MANSION (WILMINGTON) The Rockwood Mansion in Wilmington is thought by many to be the most haunted house museum in all of Delaware. A wealthy merchant banker named Joseph Shipley built the mansion in the 1850s with his great nephew Edward Bringhurst Jr. acquiring the estate in 1891. The property remained in the family until being gifted to New Castle County in 1973. Obviously, there is a long history behind Rockwood and today it is said to be haunted by several entities who lived in the home while they were alive. One of the spirits haunting the home is that of Mary Bringhurst who is very particular about her room as she does not like for visitors to enter it making it the most haunted room in the home. Eddie, the son of Edward Bringhurst Jr., is thought to be another entity that haunts the home as activity also centers around his room. A child’s laughter and giggling has been reported around the stairs. The ruins of Eddie’s playhouse are still standing on the property and his presence has been observed there as well.Other ghosts at the mansion are a man in a red smoking jacket haunts who also has a ghostly canine companion and a woman with an aura of cold air who wanders around. Then there are the “typical” things that accompany hauntings: cold spots throughout the home, strange sounds that cannot be explained and sudden smells that appear from nowhere - particularly the smell of lilac. Other phenomena takes place at Rockwood that goes above and beyond what is often associated with typical hauntings. The most eerie of which is called the “Vortex of Souls,” a mist that has been spotted above the home. At times, faces are observed inside of the mist. Rockwood was featured on an episode of My Ghost Story that aired on the Biography Channel on October 29, 2011. The mansion was also featured on a season 11 episode of Ghost Hunters. SLAUGHTER BEACH (SLAUGHTER NECK) Slaughter Beach was founded in 1681 and incorporated in 1931. There are at least three stories of where the town's name came from: The first is that it was named after William Slaughter, a local postmaster in the mid-19th century. The second story claims “the name came from the horseshoe crabs that wash up on shore and die each year. They come near shore to shallow water to lay their eggs and the low tide strands them leaving them to die, thus the "slaughter." The third story, and the most contested source of the town's name, stems from a local legend which tells of a man named Brabant who, in the mid-18th century, "slaughtered" several indigenous inhabitants by cannon in order to prevent an impending massacre. For generations the cries of the murdered Indians have been heard on the beach. The ghost of a man who committed suicide also is said to haunt this area. He apparently shot himself while sitting in a ditch after losing his family and all material possessions in a hurricane and now the appearance of his ghost foretells a significant storm is going to hit the area. Another ghost that wanders the Boardwalk trail between Slaughter Neck and Broadkill Beach is thought to be that of Jonathan Morris who owned a farmhouse that once stood near the trails. His spirit is most often felt by his grave, which is located in the old Morris Family Graveyard where voices are sometimes heard by passersby. Slaughter Beach was also the scene of a famous UFO sighting in 2002 when two bight lights were seen in the night sky traveling at a high rate of speed. The lights then shot upward before falling toward the water. THE GREEN (DOVER) Although The Green today is a tree-shaded oasis in the center of Dover, in eras past it wore a different face. In Colonial times, it functioned as a sometimes unpleasant and odorous open-air marketplace. Eventually stately Victorian homes rose around its borders that reflected the supposed refined bearing of their owners. It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of Judge Samuel Chew, who was chief justice in colonial Delaware. Although a solid and thoughtful jurist, Chew often found himself the butt of jokes simply because of his last name, but some of those who had mocked Chew during his lifetime soon found themselves haunted by the judge’s ghost following his death in 1743 and the poltergeist’s appearances soon had all of Dover on edge, with people afraid to venture out after dark. Many locals have reported other strange phenomena on or about the Green including phantom sounds of a horse and carriage, disembodied voices shouting out parts of political speeches and the feeling that one is not really alone there. The appearances of floating lanterns and full-bodied apparitions have often been seen. While closing up surrounding buildings, people have reported seeing translucent crowds numbering in the hundreds flickering in and out of existence. UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE (NEWARK) Founded in 1743, it is one of the oldest universities in the nation. Legend has it, a college workman fell to his to his death from a tall scaffold while conducting repairs to the interior dome in Mitchell Hall and the classic theater has since hosted hundreds of performances and productions, but also seems to harbor a few restless and, at times, helpful spirits who were collectively given the distinctive name of “Elmo.” Stage props and tools have gone missing only to resurface minutes later. Lights and power equipment have turned on and off unexpectedly and unexplained laughter during late evening rehearsals has unnerved cast members and cut sessions short. Actors who have forgotten their lines report someone, or something, has whispered the forgotten dialog while they were on stage and many admit offering a whispered “thank you” to the theater’s helpful phantom-in-residence. A woman and two small children, dressed in pajamas, have appeared in the balcony only to suddenly vanish, but at times they have attempted to communicate with unsuspecting passersby. A large dark figure in a trench coat that appears to hover off the ground has also been spotted on the campus. RETURN TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE SOURCES AND TEXT