This is one of the older ghost stories of the area, and one that may well be forgotten by all but the oldest local residents. An article in the Wilmington Sunday Star from October 4, 1953 tells the story, which was almost forgotten even then.
The legend went that there was a local slave who enjoyed playing the fiddle back in the mid-1800s. People knew about his virtuoso fiddle skills far and wide. But after he incurred a severe beating, he was never quite the same. He ran off and lived the rest of his life as a recluse in the woods around St Georges. Many nights he’d be seen playing mournful tunes on his fiddle on the bridge that spanned Scott’s Run. Eventually, one night, he drowned there.
Many years later locals stumbled onto the fact that if you threw a dime over the bridge at Scott’s Run, the ghostly sound of fiddle music would start emanating from the area. Everyone assumed it was the ghost of the virtuoso who died there.
The original bridge is long-gone (it was gone even by the time of the 1953 article), but the road eventually became US 13 (DuPont Parkway), and there is still a small bridge there that crosses Scott’s Run. No word on whether or not the dime trick still works today.
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- US 13 at Scott Run
St Georges, DE
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- 39.535723626473136, -75.64882063830737
- New Castle County, Delaware
- Nearest Towns:
- Delaware City, DE (4.3 mi.)
Odessa, DE (5.5 mi.)
Bear, DE (6.5 mi.)
Middletown, DE (7.0 mi.)
Glasgow, DE (7.0 mi.)
Chesapeake City, MD (8.5 mi.)
New Castle, DE (9.8 mi.)
Townsend, DE (10.0 mi.)
Brookside, DE (10.0 mi.)
Salem, NJ (10.0 mi.)
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