Haunted Places in Betterton, Maryland



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    Cry Baby Bridge

    Millington, Maryland

    14 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Jericho Covered Bridge

    Kingsville, Maryland

    18.5 miles from Betterton, MD

    Built in 1865, this bridge is said to startle some folks who go inside and see the ghosts of slaves hanging from the rafters. Others dispute this, since it was built after the end of slavery and the Civil War. Other witnesses describe the ghost of a woman seen walking ...


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    Union Hotel Restaurant

    Port Deposit, Maryland

    19.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    The building, now a restaurant, is said to have been a hotel and tavern in the 1700s. Folks say it is haunted by a ghostly lady in a blue gown, who has been seen by the owner and some of the employees.


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    Locust Grove Farm

    Middletown, Delaware

    20 miles from Betterton, MD

    The farmhouse is over a century old, and in the early 1900's, it is said a little boy died there. Ever since, a series of hauntings have begun, such as lights going on and off, furniture moving around and appliances turning on and off by themselves. There are also strange ...


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    Black Diamond Road

    Smyrna, Delaware

    23.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Lums Pond State Park

    Bear, Delaware

    23.8 miles from Betterton, MD

    Ghostly screams and pleading are said to come from the woods just off the hiking trail around the pond. They are believed to stem from the 1970s murder of a runaway girl here; her killer was never caught.


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    Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast

    Elk Mills, Maryland

    23.8 miles from Betterton, MD

    The 1700s building was once part of a mill where British soldiers came and demanded flour during the Revolutionary War. The miller put ground glass in the flour, but the soldiers caught him and hanged him for treason. The miller's apparition, voice, and footsteps have been detected by witnesses.


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    Blevin's House

    Smyrna, Delaware

    24.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Smyrna Museum

    Smyrna, Delaware

    24.8 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Fiddler's Bridge

    Middletown, Delaware

    25 miles from Betterton, MD

    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 ...


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    Belmont Hall

    Smyrna, Delaware

    25.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Cooch's Bridge

    Newark, Delaware

    26 miles from Betterton, MD

    This is the historic site of the first battle of the American Revolution at which the Stars and Stripes was flown. Legend has it that a British soldier whose head was shot off in the battle still appears here on foggy, moonless nights as a headless apparition.


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    Salem Church Road

    Newark, Delaware

    26.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    Local stories say every night at around midnight, a ghostly family of six can be seen walking across the road. They were hanged for witchcraft nearby in the early 1900s. Rumor has it that a great number of car accidents occur here around this hour.


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    Deer Park Tavern

    Newark, Delaware

    27.3 miles from Betterton, MD

    The Deer Park Tavern is located on the former site of the St. Patrick's Inn, which burned down. George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe both are said to have stayed at St. Patrick's Inn. According to legend, Poe cursed the inn after slipping in the mud on the grounds. Ghostly ...


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    Hampton House

    Towson, Maryland

    28.3 miles from Betterton, MD

    This 1700s mansion, now a house museum, is said to be the home of several ghosts including Priscilla Ridgely of the original owners' family, whose apparition has been seen throughout the house, and Cygnet Swann, an 1800s resident, the daughter of Governor Swann, who died under mysterious circumstances. Her apparition ...


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    Fort McHenry

    Baltimore, Maryland

    28.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    Lt. Levi Clagett's apparition has been said to appear walking, or even floating, around the fort, the bombardment of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. National Anthem.


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    The Wharf Rat

    Baltimore, Maryland

    28.8 miles from Betterton, MD

    Patrons at this eighteenth century tavern have reportedly seen the apparition of a distressed local man. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Waterfront Hotel

    Baltimore, Maryland

    28.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    Built in 1771, the former hotel is currently a restaurant. Witnesses have reported hearing voices and footsteps coming from the empty upper floors.


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    Whistling Oyster

    Baltimore, Maryland

    28.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    This upmarket seafood restaurant and bar is haunted by a spirit that can be heard running up and down a flight of stairs that were removed almost a century ago. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Admiral Fell Inn

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29 miles from Betterton, MD

    This known-to-be-haunted inn dating back to the 1700s is a spot where ghosts may have a party the living can hear; noises are heard coming from empty floors.


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    The Horse You Came In On Saloon

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29 miles from Betterton, MD

    The Horse You Came In On, established in 1775, was the last place author Edgar Allen Poe was seen before his 1849 death. His ghost has been seen walking down the street toward the saloon, and is known to drink cognac that bartenders leave out for him. Floating orbs of ...


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    Crabby Dick's - Sterling Hotel

    Delaware City, Delaware

    29.3 miles from Betterton, MD

    The 1830 building that now houses Crabby Dick's is believed to be home to something eerie. Witnesses can attest to the haunting, and a paranormal investigation is reported to have backed up the claim.


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    USCGC Taney

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    Investigated by TV's Ghost Hunters, the U.S. Coast Guard ship Taney is the only surviving combat ship from Pearl Harbor, and it was attacked 119 times by kamikaze pilots during World War II. It is said to be haunted by former crewman whose apparitions are seen and footsteps and voices ...


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    USS Torsk

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29.7 miles from Betterton, MD


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    Christiana Fire Company Station 12

    Christiana, Delaware

    29.8 miles from Betterton, MD

    Some say two ghosts, one evil and one kind, haunt the station, formerly known as Station 3. The evil spirit appears as a shadow in the engineer's room doorway. The kind ghost rarely is seen, but it is believed that he keeps the evil ghost from leaving the hallway where ...


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    USS Constellation

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    This ship, built in 1797, boasts several ghosts, including: Neil Harvey, who was executed when he left his assigned station at his gun in fear during a 1799 battle with the French; Captain Thomas Truxtun, seen in an old-fashioned Navy uniform; Carl Hansen, ship's watchman until 1965, whose ghost likes ...


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    Club Charles

    Baltimore, Maryland

    29.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    This urban bar is rumoured to be haunted by an allied double agent known as 'Frenchie', who lived in an apartment above the club. Staff and diners have reportedly seen him dressed in a waiters uniform, but when approached, he vanishes. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Improved Order of Heptasophs - Baltimore Theatre Project

    Baltimore, Maryland

    30 miles from Betterton, MD

    Built in the 1880s by the Improved Order of Heptasophs (Greek for “seven wise men”), the structure was later used as a dance hall. The ghost who resides here is believed to be from that period. He has been seen wearing a suit and playing the piano.


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    Lord Baltimore Hotel

    Baltimore, Maryland

    30.1 miles from Betterton, MD

    This 1928 hotel is said to be haunted; the spirit of a little girl is rumored to reside on the 19th floor. A ghostly couple wearing formal attire also has been seen.


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    Westminster Hall

    Baltimore, Maryland

    30.5 miles from Betterton, MD

    The Westminster Presbyterian Western Burial Ground and Presbyterian Church yard are said to be haunted by many spirits. The 1786 burial ground and 1852 church are said to be visited often by the ghost of author Edgar Allan Poe as well as many other spirits. Muffled screams are heard and ...


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    Fort Delaware

    Delaware City, Delaware

    30.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    Seen on the TV show Ghost Hunters, this fort, now a state park, is said to be haunted by Confederate soldiers who were imprisoned here during the Civil War. Apparitions of the soldiers have been seen watching tour groups pass by, and many have appeared in tourists' photographs. Other paranormal ...


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    Kent Manor Inn

    Stevensville, Maryland

    30.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    The ghost of former inn resident Alexander Thompson reportedly haunts the building after hanging himself in Room #210 of the hotel. Disembodied voices and footsteps have been heard, doors open and close by themselves and guests staying in the room where he died have reported smelling cigar smoke. Strange lights ...


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    Edgar Allan Poe Residence

    Baltimore, Maryland

    30.9 miles from Betterton, MD

    This historic house was formerly the residence of the poet and writer, and is rumoured to be haunted by him and a heavyset woman in grey, believed to be his wife. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Woodland Beach

    Smyrna, Delaware

    31.6 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    The Governor's Cafe

    Dover, Delaware

    32.1 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Woodburn Governor's House

    Dover, Delaware

    32.1 miles from Betterton, MD

    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 Green

    Dover, Delaware

    32.2 miles from Betterton, MD

    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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    Red Rose Inn

    West Grove, Pennsylvania

    33.3 miles from Betterton, MD

    Although this 1700s inn is currently closed and up for sale, it still is believed to have ghostly guests. Locals may tell you a tale of a murder suspect, Indian Joe, who was hanged in front of the inn and buried on the grounds. He was said to have killed ...


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    Jessop's Tavern

    New Castle, Delaware

    33.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    Reports say this tavern offers more than traditional English fare like shepherd's pie, pot roast, stew and fish and chips, it also is haunted. Tavern employees are said to be willing to share their stories about their resident ghost.


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    David Finney Inn

    New Castle, Delaware

    33.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    David Finney Inn used to be a bed-and-breakfast, but reports say it is no longer in business. The 17th-century inn was built across the street from David's father's home, now the Amstel House Museum. An underground tunnel connected the two. A ghost who is thought to be one of the ...


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    Amstel House Museum

    New Castle, Delaware

    33.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    The 17th-century house was originally built by Dr. John Finney; his son David Finney built a home across the street. An underground tunnel connected the two. A ghost who is thought to be one of the family members haunts both residences. At the Amstel House Museum, the presence seems to ...


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    Leakin Park

    Baltimore, Maryland

    34 miles from Betterton, MD

    Around 70 bodies have been dumped at this site. Not too many people know that though it is a very beautiful, and local place. People go on hikes there not knowing what goes on there. No specific information on hauntings, though it is peculiar that so many murderers seem ...


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    U.S. Naval Institute

    Annapolis, Maryland

    34.7 miles from Betterton, MD

    The U.S. Naval Institute was a former home for the poor and mentally unstable, then a Civil War hospital. It is said to be haunted by a patient, a soldier named Jimmy Sutton who died in 1907. He is suspected to have been shot in an argument over a woman. ...


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    Paca House and Garden

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.1 miles from Betterton, MD

    At this preserved historic museum site, an apparition of a man has been seen wearing colonial clothing and peering out the upper windows. Some believe he is William Paca himself, a former Maryland governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence.


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    Middleton Tavern

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.1 miles from Betterton, MD

    The tavern is housed in a 1740 former private residence. It is said to be haunted by a ghost nicknamed Roland who has been seen in the first-floor dining rooms. He wears Revolutionary War-era clothing and looks out the window toward the water. He brings with him the smell of ...


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    Galway Bay Restaurant

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.2 miles from Betterton, MD

    This late nineteenth century restaurant and pub serves up a variety of spirits, including whisky, scotch and even some ghost stories. Staff working late hours have reported the apparition of a servant girl in the basement, while diners have reportedly mistaken her for a staff member in the courtyard. ...


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    Governor Calvert House

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.2 miles from Betterton, MD

    This elegant old-fashioned hotel was formerly the residence of the state governor, and is rumoured to be haunted. Guests and staff have reportedly encountered the apparition of a man in period clothing, the spirit of a woman who committed suicide during the 1940's and a male presence known as ...


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    The Maryland Inn

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.3 miles from Betterton, MD

    This hotel dates back to 1772, and is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the country. And, according to staff and guests, it may just be the most haunted as well. Visitors and employees at the inn have reported cold spots, the scent of perfume, ghostly voices, disembodied footsteps ...


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    Reynolds Tavern

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    Mary Reynolds, who inherited the place after her husband William died in 1777, is the haunt who resides here. Witnesses have reported that objects move, and a ghostly woman's voice has been heard singing Christmas carols. The ghost also is said to have broken a dish during a ghost-hunting investigation.


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    Rams Head Tavern

    Annapolis, Maryland

    35.4 miles from Betterton, MD

    Built around 1831, the tavern has a legend relating to a ghost named Amy. She had been a prostitute employed by tavern guests, and died on the job. A bedpost, said to be hers, is on display in the downstairs bar. Her apparition has been seen by staff and even ...


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