Delmarva Folklore

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Fort Delaware became a State Park in 1951. Dating back to 1859, the Fort was originally used to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, and served as a Union fortress and a Confederate prison. Many of Fort Delaware’s first Confederate prisoners were brought from the Battle of Kernstown in 1862 and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. A total of thirty-two thousand prisoners were kept at Fort Delaware. The state of Delaware obtained the Fort from the United States Federal government in 1947.
Visitors can access Fort Delaware from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island via a ½ mile ferry ride across the Delaware River. Historically dressed tour guides take visitors on a journey through Fort Delaware that includes hands-on activities that
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Maybe she had some form of authority in the kitchen? There have been many pictures taken at the fort and some have unexplained orbs, mists and some even show the presence of soldiers in them. The apparition, who prefers the pantry, hides ingredients stored there and calls people by name, sometimes telling them to get out, two women were baking cinnamon swirls and, when they went to get the spice, it was missing. They searched for it several times and cleaned out some cabinets while doing so. They asked other staff members if they had used the cinnamon and the answers were negative. The women looked in the pantry again and the spice was where it belonged. One day, when several women were preparing a large meal, a woman they didn’t know appeared, looked at the food on the table and stove, grinned at the women, then walked away disappearing through a wall.
A child’s ghost haunts several rooms on the second floor of one of the buildings. It tugs on peoples’ clothing and its spectral laughter is heard. A woman’s ghost has tapped people on the shoulder and touched them. Books fall from shelves by themselves. Crystals hanging from a set of candlesticks move back and forth when there is no breeze to account for this. The laundry room is used for staff to demonstrate how it was used in the 1800s. Its resident ghost threads needles and collects loose buttons and strings them together. Some people think it’s the kitchen ghost who does these things. Witnesses have
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