One of the Most Haunted Places in Delaware, The Rockwood Museum, Has Been Around Since 1851
In Wilmington, Delaware, 169 years ago, a gorgeous Gothic mansion was built for a man by the name of Joseph Shipley. To this day, it still stands, though it’s been repurposed over the years.
Rockwood Park and Museum has been a proud member of the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
Passed down from Shipley to his great niece, Mary, the house remained well taken care of. Upon her death at 100 years of age, Mary left the house and surrounding land to her niece, who subsequently left it to a local church- who decided they didn't want the property on their hands. From there, it went to Chancery Court - who subsequently deeded it to New Castle County.
The building was an example of modern architecture at the time, taking inspiration from old buildings of centuries past.
Over the years, people have come and gone, but the mansion has ultimately remained the same.
It is said that the ghosts of past residents wander the halls of the museum and the grounds of the park to this day.
The 72-acre site features a garden, a picnic grove, bird watching and paved trails. Strange things have been reported in every area of the mansion and the land it sits on.
Rockwood opened to the public in the 1970s, and reports of all kinds of spooky things have only increased in frequency.
It has been said that visitors and employees alike have experienced varied phenomena including cold spots, disembodied voices whispering from seemingly nowhere, and even full-body apparitions walking the premises and halls of the house.
The furnishings in Rockwood are all-original, having been purchased by Joseph Shipley himself in England and shipped to the states in the 1850s.
In 2011, the Rockwood Museum was featured on an episode of the Biography Channel's "My Ghost Story." It was also seen in a season 11 episode of the hit series "Ghost Hunters."
Throughout the year, the museum maintains an air of charming spirit, from fun and festive decor in autumn to gorgeous holiday lights in December.
The park surrounding the museum boasts lighted walking trails, and is open from dawn until dusk. Take a stroll around the grounds if you dare - never mind that you might meet a ghost!
Wednesday through Sunday, the museum is open from 10am to 4pm.
The museum holds tours of the grounds throughout the day. Visits are very affordable at just $10 for adults and $4 for the little ones.
If you’d like to check out more information about Rockwood Museum, you can visit the New Castle County Parks & Recreation page
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4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE 19809, USA