Salem Church Road

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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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Salem Church Road
Newark, DE
United States

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39.632102751272505, -75.70593881624518
New Castle County, Delaware
Nearest Towns:
Bear, DE (2.5 mi.)
Brookside, DE (2.7 mi.)
Glasgow, DE (2.8 mi.)
Newark, DE (4.3 mi.)
Pike Creek, DE (6.8 mi.)
Elkton, MD (7.0 mi.)
Pike Creek Valley, DE (7.2 mi.)
Delaware City, DE (7.3 mi.)
Wilmington Manor, DE (7.5 mi.)
Newport, DE (7.6 mi.)


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  1. Jenn The Great  |  

    This road isn’t haunted. I moved from the Midwest to Salem Woods just off Salem Church Rd. in 1995 and I have not seen a ghost on Salem Church Rd. in my entire 21 years. I’ve never even heard of such a “ghost family”. To the best of my knowledge, there have been minimal accidents on Salem Church Rd., and those that DO occur are usually due to weather conditions, during rush hour, or after bar hours (2am-ish). There ARE some haunted locations nearby, such as Old New Castle and Cooches Bridge, but any local can tell you Salem Church Rd. hasn’t seen any paranormal activity.

  2. Oh the woods are behind Salem Village very creepy my son has many stories of walking they at night something touching him on shoulder turn nothing there being chased he and his friends it wasn’t imagination either. I have walked thru at night feels like nothing but eyes on you granted yes wildlife my younger son found a automatic shot gun sticking up out of mud that looked like a stick that had been in there a long time we turned it over to the police. It was very rusted those woods are very unsettling beautiful during the day so dark at night you can’t see 2 feet in front of you. Creepy as Hell !

  3. I have lived on Salem Church Rd since i was 3. I have never seen the mentioned family of spirits but we have heard many of strange bumps in the nights. Part of our property is wooded and in the evenings, one more than 2 occasion we have heard banging and what sounds like the tinking of metal, coming from the woods. Of course we investigate to assure no one is on our property. We’ve never seen a soul.
    There are a ton of accidents on this road, at all hours of the day.
    I also am not typically out at midnight.

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