Haunted Places in Clayton, Delaware



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    Blevin's House

    Smyrna, Delaware

    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

    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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    Belmont Hall

    Smyrna, Delaware

    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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    Black Diamond Road

    Smyrna, Delaware

    4 miles from Clayton, 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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    Woodland Beach

    Smyrna, Delaware

    9.1 miles from Clayton, 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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    Cry Baby Bridge

    Millington, Maryland

    9.8 miles from Clayton, 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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    The Governor's Cafe

    Dover, Delaware

    10.7 miles from Clayton, 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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    Woodburn Governor's House

    Dover, Delaware

    10.7 miles from Clayton, 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 Green

    Dover, Delaware

    11 miles from Clayton, 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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    John Dickinson Plantation

    Dover, Delaware

    16.3 miles from Clayton, 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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    Fiddler's Bridge

    Middletown, Delaware

    16.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Locust Grove Farm

    Middletown, Delaware

    17 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Lums Pond State Park

    Bear, Delaware

    19.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Crabby Dick's - Sterling Hotel

    Delaware City, Delaware

    20.1 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Berry's Chapel

    Salem, New Jersey

    20.6 miles from Clayton, DE

    Berry's Chapel, according to a 1964 publication, lies in what was once a small African-American settlement in the pine woods, but now lies in ruins. Many ghost tales are told about it, including that Rev. Berry was lynched or murdered his family (there is no basis for either rumor). Some ...


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    Highway 12 West

    Felton, Delaware

    20.7 miles from Clayton, 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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    Fort Delaware

    Delaware City, Delaware

    20.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Salem Church Road

    Newark, Delaware

    23.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Cooch's Bridge

    Newark, Delaware

    24.6 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Jessop's Tavern

    New Castle, Delaware

    25.7 miles from Clayton, DE

    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

    25.8 miles from Clayton, DE

    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

    25.8 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Christiana Fire Company Station 12

    Christiana, Delaware

    25.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast

    Elk Mills, Maryland

    27.3 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Deer Park Tavern

    Newark, Delaware

    27.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Ye Olde Centerton Inn

    Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey

    29.7 miles from Clayton, DE

    Two spirits are said to reside here: One, a little girl who can be heard crying in the upstairs dining room, and two, a former maitre d' who creates cold patches in the same dining room.


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    Seven Stars Tavern

    Pilesgrove, New Jersey

    31.5 miles from Clayton, DE

    Seven Stars Tavern, now a private residence, is an 18th-century historic building rumored to have more than its share of spirits--the paranormal kind. One haunt here may be Bluebeard, a pirate whose body was found at Oldman's Creek nearby, with his head twisted around. Another is a Tory spy ...


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    Dead President's Tavern

    Wilmington, Delaware

    32 miles from Clayton, DE

    Employees claim to hear manic laughter late at night while closing up and swear they have seen objects moved by an unseen force, such as game pieces in the game room. they also claim that the temperature in the pub can drop suddenly and they feel a heavy "presence". ...


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    Rockwood Mansion

    Wilmington, Delaware

    33.8 miles from Clayton, DE

    The mansion on this 150-year-old estate museum is said to be haunted. Reports have been made of disembodied footsteps, cold spots, and the apparition of a man. Also heard here have been the sounds of ghostly children playing. The site has been featured on TV's My Ghost Story; ghost tours ...


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    Bellevue Hall

    Wilmington, Delaware

    34.3 miles from Clayton, DE

    This home in the Bellevue State Park is reportedly home to several spirits. Staff says the second and third floors, which are closed to the public, are especially haunted. Here, spirits tinker with the electricity, move chairs, and can be heard laughing and screaming.


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    Iona Lake Inn - Lake House Restaurant

    Franklin, New Jersey

    36.2 miles from Clayton, DE

    Formerly the Iona Lake Inn, this is now LAKE HOUSE RESTAURANT. At some time it also has been Jake's Italian Restaurant. A ghost named Victor is said to haunt here, along with a Lady in Black. The original owners also are said to linger here.


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    Union Hotel Restaurant

    Port Deposit, Maryland

    36.7 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Plank House

    Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

    38 miles from Clayton, DE

    This house was the residence of one of Blackboard's mistresses, and was built sometime during the 1790's. People have reported seeing strange lights in the house late at night, and being touched by an unseen presence. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Polished Salon - Kennett Square

    Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

    38.6 miles from Clayton, DE

    The Kennett Square building (now Polished Salon) is said to be haunted. The owners describe apparitions that brush past them, unexplained smells, and cold spots. The ghost of a little girl with long black hair is reported to have followed the owners home from the salon.


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    Red Rose Inn

    West Grove, Pennsylvania

    38.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Rowan University

    Glassboro, New Jersey

    39.7 miles from Clayton, DE

    Ghost stories told at Rowan University include apparitions, a face in a mirror and objects that move by themselves in Bunce Hall, and spirits of former residents and professors who are said to roam the campus.


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    Brandywine River

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    40.3 miles from Clayton, DE

    Site of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Brandywine, this area is said to be rich with wartime ghosts. Soldiers, and even horses, haunt the area, and you may even hear sounds of battle echoing from long ago.


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    Eglington Cemetery

    Clarksboro, New Jersey

    41.2 miles from Clayton, DE

    Eglington Cemetery is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard unexplained noises and detected several electronic voice phenomena here.


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    Jericho Covered Bridge

    Kingsville, Maryland

    41.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Crier in the Country

    Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

    42.5 miles from Clayton, DE

    The restaurant called Crier in the Country was believed to be haunted by former owner Lydia Powell, who manifested as poltergeist activity. Residual hauntings featuring dinner parties also have been reported. The restaurant is now closed.


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    Higbee Beach

    Cape May, New Jersey

    42.6 miles from Clayton, 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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    Thornbury Farm

    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    42.7 miles from Clayton, DE

    The site where the final engagement of the Battle of Brandywine took place during the Revolution, Thornbury Farm is reportedly haunted by several ghosts. Although you would think the majority of the sightings would surround the tales of battle, the most famous ghost of Thornbury Farm is actually the ...


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    Henry Ludlam Inn

    Woodbine, New Jersey

    42.9 miles from Clayton, 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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    Kent Manor Inn

    Stevensville, Maryland

    42.9 miles from Clayton, DE

    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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    Brick Hotel On The Circle

    Georgetown, Delaware

    43.6 miles from Clayton, 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

    44 miles from Clayton, 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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    Cannonball House

    Lewes, Delaware

    44.4 miles from Clayton, 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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    Bay Oaks

    Lewes, Delaware

    44.5 miles from Clayton, 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

    44.8 miles from Clayton, 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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    Winterwood Gift Shop

    Middle Township, New Jersey

    45 miles from Clayton, 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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