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The story of Woodburn Mansion.
In Dover, Delaware as
you, approach the Woodburn Mansion better known as the Governor’s
Residence you may not want to turn around and head right back home.
On the front lawn, the first sight your
eyes will see is a gigantic, ominous, twisted Popular, with all
kinds of scary looking holes. Along with this eerie sight, the rest
of the lawn is not much better with old pine trees, crepe myrtles,
English boxwood, and other popular trees.
The mansion itself is a 1790 Georgian
Mansion restored to the exact look and feel of the time complete
with all furnishings. The mansion has a rich history from being home
to governors, and one of the stops on the Underground Railroad to
help slaves escape.
If the looks of the place is not enough
to scare you away, then maybe the ghost of a man with his head
hanging out of the scary looking popular will be. Many have seen
this slave raider just as he died many many years ago. He, along
with other slave raiders had come to the mansion with the hopes of
finding runaway slaves. Daniel Cowgill, a Quaker owned the mansion
during this pre-civil war time, he made all the slave raiders leave
his home. This one raider wished to hide and wait in the hopes of
catching a slave on his way to safety. He crawled inside the large
popular tree, however, on his journey, he slipped, his head was
caught in one of the holes and there he died hung in the scary old
tree. Many people to this day have heard his moans and seen him hung
in the tree.
This is not the only ghost that still
calls the Woodburn Mansion home. Since 1824, those that visit have
seen or felt the presence of other around them. One such man was
Lorenzo Dow who was visiting in 1824. He was coming down the stairs
after a restful night’s sleep to enjoy breakfast with his hosts Dr.
M.W. Bates and his wife. He passed the man on the stairs and
believed it was another guest in the house. When he arrived at
breakfast, he learned the man dressed in clothing a generation early
was none other than Mrs. Bates departed father.
While you are visiting, never leave a
glass of wine sitting around or even a decanter full. If you do, it
will be gone by morning, as one ghost loves the taste of wine.
Other apparitions that have been seen include a ghost dressed in
Revolutionary war clothing.
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