Cape Henlopen State Park

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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 have heard strange sounds coming from inside the bunker after leaving.


(Submitted by Jacob M.)

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15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
United States

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38.77936932220037, -75.11982867119514
Sussex County, Delaware
Nearest Towns:
Lewes, DE (1.1 mi.)
Henlopen Acres, DE (3.9 mi.)
Rehoboth Beach, DE (4.7 mi.)
Dewey Beach, DE (6.5 mi.)
Milton, DE (10.2 mi.)
Long Neck, DE (11.1 mi.)
Slaughter Beach, DE (13.5 mi.)
Cape May Point, NJ (13.6 mi.)
West Cape May, NJ (14.6 mi.)
Georgetown, DE (15.6 mi.)


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  1. This isn’t my experience but I believe this person believes they had seen a man in a black trench coat walk out of the dunes, across the beach and into the water and never came back out. Cape henlopen is an old military base. Who knows what happened there during ww2. German u boats have been spotted off the coast. The government suppresses so much information – maybe they sunk some u boats during that time. A black trench coat sounds like a German uniform to me. Perhaps some Germans made it ashore and we’re shot. The person that told me this isn’t someone who makes up ghost stories. Also, the beach was a lot less eroded in the 1940s and was much longer so it could be that this spirit isn’t walking into the water. It could be just walking out to where the edge of the beach used to be. The dunes are a strange place at cape henlopen.

  2. The dunes are strange but the batteries here were never challenged by the Germans and during the war fired only ONE shot in anger. but the crews were alert and had constant practice due to the level of traffic. they were one of the most efficient artillery posts in the war with men often being transferred out to teach other groups.

    that having been said it is not impossible to imagine a spy trying to come ashore here BUT with the geography I would think they would try to land further south along the Atlantic coast of Maryland where it was more open and less patrolled. I mean think about it-a well manned army base known for it’s efficiency or 10 miles down the coast and a fishing village. Which would YOU want to land a spy on?

  3. I’ve been down there several times. There was definitely some sketchy things that went on during WW2 down in those bunkers. There were jail cells, and maybe 15 different rooms with giant doors made to not budge.

    • The jail cells were the ‘brig’ as you’d get on any miltary base. the woods are potted with the large bunkers that use to house the heavy batteries. they were open to the sea. after the base was close most were sealed up with the large ‘doors’ put over the openings to keep people out of the decaying and dangerous interiors

  4. Vince Shavico  |  

    I don’t know how widely known this is but I believe the parking lot of the ferry is built on a mass grave from the 17 or 18 hundreds. Ships would wreck coming into the bay and the bodies would float to the shore where the ferry is located by the natural current. It’s it possible that it is a lost sailor?

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