John Dickinson Plantation

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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 a nap.

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340 Kitts Hummock Rd
Dover, DE 19901
United States

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39.10407319999999, -75.4478411
Kent County, Delaware
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  1. It is not the pen of John Dickinson that you hear, it is at of Judge Samuel Dickinson, the builder of the house, who also died and is buried on the grounds. The Judge was said to have held court in the parlor during his illness. John spent very little time in the home, he either away at school or staying in Pennsylvania. This was considered his “boyhood home”. The “rumpled bed” can also be accredited to the Judge.

  2. curious about your information..and anything else you might like to share. ..very curious about the houses past. .there have been many many residents through the house and property

  3. I remember coming here in October 25, 2013. It was a field trip I took in 4th grade. I’ve went into the mansion, and I’ve always had the feeling of being watched constantly until we walked out of the mansion. The painting of Dickinson’s wife her eyes were following us when we were walking away. Even the dolls they had were extremely creepy, I could’ve sworn I seen all of them move and when we left the upstairs, one of them fell off the chair.. I’ve seen a ghostly figure in the windows after we left.

  4. We just visited the Mansion I had no clue about being haunted or any stories. One day after our visit, my oldest son, nine years of age, said he did not want to return. When we asked him, he said that He saw people and heard voices inside the house and around the grounds. He telling me that led to do some research and why I am in this page.

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