Delaware December 26, 2017
The Delaware Ghost Story That Will Leave You Absolutely Baffled
Delaware’s one of the most haunted states in the country, and it’s no surprise! Due to our long history, plenty of ghosts make their homes in the First State. One of the best ghost stories is the tale of Woodburn, the Governor’s house, where ghosts openly roam.
The state of Delaware has owned the Woodburn estate since 1965, when they purchased it for the Governor's residence.
Woodburn was built in 1790, and it has been home to some of Delaware's most wealthy residents. The house has seven bedrooms along with ornate dining and living rooms.
Woodburn has been reported as haunted since shortly after it was opened.
The ghosts of Woodburn appear in many forms and have been heard and seen by dozens of people over the year. Luckily, the ghosts are mostly happy ghosts, and they enjoy a bit of fun.
The dining room is the most haunted room of the house, and the ghosts' actions are a bit puzzling.
Instead of breaking things, moving objects, or haunting dreams, the ghosts of Woodburn have a different medium through which they communicate. They appear dressed in colonial-era clothing, helping themselves to the best spirits in the house.
Governor Charles Terry Jr. lived in the mansion and reported seeing a ghost helping itself to vintage wines.
Another owner of Woodburn reported that every night, his wine decanter would empty, despite filling it before bed. These wine-loving ghosts appear to be friendly... if not a little drunk.
The mansion's garden is reported to be haunted, too.
A young girl wearing a red checkered dress is seen playing in the pools and fountains on the property.She was even spotted during the inauguration Governor Michael Castle in 1985.
To get to know the ghosts of Woodburn, you'll have to take a private tour.
You can visit the mansion Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but you'll have to make an appointment a day in advance. Admission is free. Contact the mansion's administrator,
Kristy Huxhold via e-mail at
or via phone at (302) 739-5656
Woodburn is located in Dover at 151 Kings Hwy E, Dover, DE 19901. When you’re in town, you may want to check out some of the other historic sites, like several of these nearby