Haunted Places in Bethany Beach, Delaware



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    Addy Sea Inn

    Bethany Beach, Delaware

    The reports of haunting at Addy Sea Inn are fairly standard. Room 1 of the Addy apparently has a shaking bathtub though there has been no investigation into the plumbing and no reports of whether the shaking occurs when water is turned on or off has been documented. In Room ...


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    Long Cemetery - Catman's Grave

    Frankford, Delaware

    10.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Local legend has it that a Catman creature, in life a graveyard caretaker who had catlike features, watches over the cemetery from beyound the grave. He is said to scare away teens who come to the graveyard to party. Some say he's buried in an above-ground tomb in the center ...


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    The Henry Hotel

    Ocean City, Maryland

    14.8 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The historic building was built around 1895 as a boarding house for black workers, and was bought by a local family during a time of racial segregation. Serving as the first 'coloured' hotel in town as the owners advertised it, the establishment attracted many notable musicians during its time. ...


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    Witch's Tree

    Whaleyville, Maryland

    16 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This gnarled, bizarre-looking cypress tree is often said to be in Selbyville, Delaware, but it is in fact on Swamp Road just over the state line in Whaleyville, MD (see the map for the precise location). Almost everyone who has ever walked up to the tree has experienced something ...


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    Bay Oaks

    Lewes, Delaware

    16.9 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This subdivision is said to be built over the site where a massacre took place, involving Native Americans who attacked Dutch settlers. Pottery and arrowheads have been found on the grounds. It is reported that spirits here usually show themselves only to those of Dutch ancestry. Streaks and orbs have ...


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    Cape Henlopen State Park

    Lewes, Delaware

    16.9 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Location is near the campground bicycle trail adjacent from Spotting Tower 12 underneath what appears to be a dune. Face of phantom soldier seen inside while recording video, have been growled at while standing outside the bunker with no animal tracks in sight, the only tracks were our own, and ...


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    Cannonball House

    Lewes, Delaware

    17 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This home dates back to 1765 and is one of the most well-known buildings in Lewes, Delaware. It survived the 1813 shelling of Lewes by the British during the War of 1812, and still has a cannonball lodged in its side to this day (hence the name of the home). ...


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    Adkin's Hardware Store

    Berlin, Maryland

    17.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This old-fashioned hardware store and company dates back to around 1906, and has served the town for over a hundred years. It is rumoured to be haunted by a former owner, who has been heard moving through the aisles after the business has closed for the night. The business ...


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    Atlantic Hotel

    Berlin, Maryland

    17.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The ghost of a young girl riding a tricycle has been seen and heard in the hallways of the hotel. Objects move around by themselves, and lights go on and off when there’s no one around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Old Gumboro Homestead

    Millsboro, Delaware

    17.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The small township of Gumboro is renowned for it's haunted homestead. The sound of heavy breathing and disembodied footsteps have been reported in the old house, as well as spectral figures moving across the yard. A harmonica can also heard be played in the early hours of morning or late ...


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    Brick Hotel On The Circle

    Georgetown, Delaware

    20.7 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This former nineteenth century hotel was formerly a public house, and was associated with a rough crowd in the old days. The building has a lot of history, which includes a fair amount of ghostly activity. Reports indicate that orbs appear in photographs, doors are unlocked and opened by ...


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    Cape May Bunker - Battery 223

    Cape May, New Jersey

    27.6 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    At this World War II bunker with a magazine that once was used to house guns for use against Nazi subs, a phantom crew has been seen. Soldiers' ghosts have been reported both in the bunker and on the beach.


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    Inn at 22 Jackson

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Haunted by a ghost they call Esmerelda who mostly occupies the turret room, the ghost is occasionally seen by guests.


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    Poor Richard's Inn

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This historic inn is located on one of the most haunted streets in town, and is certainly no exception. Guests and staff have reported many strange occurrences over the years, with Room #007 seeming the most popular with the spirit set. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Windward House

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The most activity is reported in the third floor Wicker Room. Guests report moving objects and items going missing. The ghost is believed to be a young Irish girl that the employees refer to as Bridgette. She has a reputation for taking earrings that are placed on the ...


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    Queen Victoria Inn

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Housed inside an 1880's mansion, this historic inn was formerly a bordello and gambling parlour before its conversion to bed and breakfast accommodation. Guests staying in the Princess Louise Room have reportedly come across the apparition of a brothel madam, who has been seen and heard in the early ...


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    Hotel Macomber

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28.1 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Allegedly haunted by the ghost of a former frequent guest as well as a former employee. People hear banging, items move and doors open and close on their own. If you are looking for a haunted room, you might want to try room #10. People claim that this ...


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    John F. Craig House Bed and Breakfast

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28.1 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Although this bed-and-breakfast is reportedly no longer open for business, folks who have been employed here or stayed here in the past have said that rooms 4 and 5 are haunted by two spirits. Room 4, known as the Susan Craig Room, was said to be haunted by the spirit ...


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    Sea Holly Inn

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28.1 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Haunted by a reported two ghosts, one an older man and the other a young woman who is believed to be a servant. People on the second floor claim to see apparitions in their bedroom and hear conversations when no one was there.


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    The Southern Mansion

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Some claim that the Southern Mansion is haunted by numerous spirits but the most frequently seen and well-known is a female ghost that they call Esther. People claim to hear her laughing and hear the rustle of her dress and smell her perfume. Others claim to see a soldier ...


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    Washington Inn

    Cape May, New Jersey

    28.4 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    You may hear the voice of an elderly woman here, and there is also a ghostly little girl named Elizabeth who may call out the wait staff's names. There was at least one incident in which the little girl ghost appeared sitting at a table in a photo taken by ...


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    Airport Road

    Seaford, Delaware

    28.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Two ghosts are rumored to appear walking along this road. One is a Confederate soldier's apparition. The other, which is said to show up on Valentine's Day, is the ghost of a weeping bride.


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    Higbee Beach

    Cape May, New Jersey

    29.6 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    At this wildlife reserve and beach, locals tell of the ghost of Higbee himself, who appears when anyone approaches his grave. Higbee is believed to be seen chasing another ghost, that of a slave, down the woodsy trails. Townsfolk also tell of a ghostly sailor who appears at the top ...


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    Snow Hill Inn

    Snow Hill, Maryland

    31 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Although no longer in operation as an inn, the 1830s building is said to have a ghost known as J.J. He allegedly committed suicide by slitting his throat, but there are doubts as to whether this was truly what happened. Regardless, J.J. still resides at the place, according to reports. ...


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    Poplar Hill Mansion

    Salisbury, Maryland

    31.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This 1795 plantation house is now a museum, and is rumoured to be haunted by a number of spirits from long ago. Among these are a slave girl who burned to death after her dress caught fire, a former owner of the residence and a male servant known as ...


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    Old Maggie's Bridge

    Seaford, Delaware

    33.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Local legend tells of a pregnant woman named Maggie who was killed in an auto accident on the bridge. The legend says those who get out of their cars and call out "Maggie, I have your baby" are supposed to cause paranormal activity of some sort.


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    Winterwood Gift Shop

    Middle Township, New Jersey

    34.9 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    A ghost named Hestor is said to haunt the Winterwood Gift Shop, once known as Hildreth House. The historic 1772 structure was originally built by Joshua Hildreth; it was sold to the Sawyer family in 1978. It has long been thought to be haunted, with apparitions, flickering lights, moving objects ...


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    Pocomoke State Forest

    Pocomoke City, Maryland

    37.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Witnesses have reported seeing apparitions of slaves around the forest and the surrounding swamp area. Some say the slaves stem from slave abuse that used to occur here, as well as slave masters' affairs with slaves that yielded babies who were promptly drowned in the swamp.


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    Highway 12 West

    Felton, Delaware

    40.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    A ghost dog with glowing red eyes is said to walk this stretch, according to local legend. So the story goes, an angry tenant murdered his landlord, ground up the body and fed it to his dog. The ghost dog has been seen at the roadside by nighttime drivers.


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    Cape May County Historical Museum

    Middle Township, New Jersey

    40.6 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    According to reports, the museum is haunted by a spirit who has a loud voice.


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    John Dickinson Plantation

    Dover, Delaware

    44.4 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    John Dickinson Plantation is said to be haunted by John Dickinson himself, also known as the "penman of the Revolutionary War." The sound of a quill pen writing on parchment has been recorded in his den and his bed mysteriously becomes rumpled in the afternoons, as if he has taken ...


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    Henry Ludlam Inn

    Woodbine, New Jersey

    46.7 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Unexplained sounds and occurrences are said to abound here. Note: The inn is reported to be closed at this time.


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    The Green

    Dover, Delaware

    49.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The apparition of an angry judge is said to walk among the tombstones nearby and out onto the Green. The historic park near the courthouse and the State House, laid out in 1717, is the site where Delaware voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


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    Woodburn Governor's House

    Dover, Delaware

    49.8 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The 1790 mansion is said to be haunted by some wine-loving ghosts, known to empty a decanter that was filled every night. Among the ghosts reported here for decades are the apparition of former owner Dr. M.W. Bates' father, another apparition of a man who wears a white wig, a ...


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    The Governor's Cafe

    Dover, Delaware

    49.8 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The building that houses the Governor's Cafe dates back to 1857 and is said to be haunted. But you don't have to stay up all night or wait until after closing time to witness a ghost here. Reports say that if you look closely at the paintings of historic Dover ...


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    Bayly Orem House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    55.1 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This historic house dates back to 1888, and now serves as a complex of quaint apartments. A former tenant claims the front parlour room is haunted, and reported flickering lights, objects being moved by unseen hands and the faint sound of ghostly laughter when there was no one around. (Submitted ...


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    Cator House

    Cambridge, Maryland

    55.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The Cator House restaurant is reportedly haunted by original owner Emily Cator, who originally built it as an inn. Staff members claim to have heard and felt Emily's ghost.


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    The Flanders Hotel

    Ocean City, New Jersey

    56.9 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The ghost at this historic hotel is known as Emily or the Lady in White. She is most often seen at the Hall of Mirrors. Reports say a portrait of her can be seen inside the hotel.


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    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    Church Creek, Maryland

    57 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The 27,000 acres of tidal marshes, forest and ponds that make up this refuge are said to be haunted by a demon mule. Long ago, the beast was known to attack loggers and fishermen, so the locals hunted it and chased it to its death in quicksand. The unhappy mule's ...


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    Ocean City Mansion

    Ocean City, New Jersey

    57.7 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The Honeymoon Suite is apparently haunted. People report items moving, and the sounds of footsteps and voices.


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    Woodland Beach

    Smyrna, Delaware

    59.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Here you can find old pier tiers, leftovers from a 1900s boardwalk. Locals say on moonlit nights, apparitions can be seen walking over the place where the boardwalk used to be.


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    Belmont Hall

    Smyrna, Delaware

    59.7 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The historic Belmont Hall is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a guard who, during the American Revolution, was shot to death on the building's Captain's Walk. Reports say his blood is still visible where he collapsed and died on the second floor.


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    Smyrna Museum

    Smyrna, Delaware

    60.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    The house in which the museum resides was used as a barracks during the War of 1812 and a center for drafting Union soldiers in the Civil War. Witnesses have heard unexplained voices and sounds, seen things moving on their own, and reported a feeling of being watched.


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    Blevin's House

    Smyrna, Delaware

    60.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This late nineteenth century property is haunted by several eerie apparitions. Ghostly balls of light can be seen drifting through the hallways and rooms of the house, or from outside in the garden. Disembodied voices and footsteps can be heard late at night when there is no one around. ...


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    Black Diamond Road

    Smyrna, Delaware

    63.6 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Local legends say the development here was built on an old Native American graveyard, which may be the reason that witnesses have seen unexplained glowing lights and the folks who live here say when they take photographs at home, orbs sometimes appear in the pictures.


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    Old Brick Inn - Kemp House Bed and Breakfast

    Saint Michaels, Maryland

    65.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This historic bed and breakfast inn dates back to 1807, and was formerly owned by a civil war soldier. The inn is believed to be haunted by the a pair of gentleman who have been heard arguing in a downstairs room, a blue ball of light that flies through ...


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    Aida's Victoriana Inn

    Saint Michaels, Maryland

    65.3 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    This nineteenth century bed and breakfast inn is located right on the harbour, and is believed to have its own resident ghost. The spirit of a man who passed away in an upstairs room before paying his bill has been known to leave money around the house for the ...


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    Abbott House

    Hamilton Township, New Jersey

    65.5 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    On the top floor of this beautiful bed-and-breakfast lives a ghostly little girl who has been seen and heard bouncing a ball.


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    Trump Taj Mahal

    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    66.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Reports say a ghost who appears at the hotel every night around midnight is the spirit of a man who jumped to his death from the tenth floor.


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    Cry Baby Bridge

    Millington, Maryland

    66.2 miles from Bethany Beach, DE

    Local legend tells of a teenage mother who gave birth to a deformed baby. She threw him off the bridge, and he is now a ghost with very strong legs, prone to knocking down trees with his crying fits. It is said that the fallen trees all over the area ...


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