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Everybody knows there are “haunted” places in the world. Some are unaware that there are many haunted places right here in Delmarva. Here are some of those places.

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Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury, Maryland  

Poplar Hill Mansion built in 1805, is Salisbury’s oldest house. The building belonged to Dr. Hudson, the first surgeon in Salisbury. Hudson is said to have performed surgeries in this house, with many patients not surviving the procedure. Hudson also owned slaves, one of which was 19-year-old Sarah, whose job was to take care of the children. Sarah was burned alive in the nursery when she was tending to a fire. There is still a burn mark on the floor of the nursery. Reportedly, items in the room are moved, and apparitions have been seen. Some recordings have picked up a child saying “mama.” This is not the only haunted room of the house. The mansion’s caretaker, Sarah Myers, reports that on her first Christmas, she decorated the tree and, despite living alone, jokingly asked aloud “What do you think guys?” She never expected to get a response. “At that time, we had a tall case clock a grandfather clock next to the tree that doesn’t work, never worked, but chimed,” Myers explained.  If interested in visiting the mansion, Poplar Hill is open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for free tours of the haunted place (wmdt.com). 

Old Maggie’s Bridge, Woodland/Seaford, Delaware  

Old Maggie’s Bridge, located in Delaware, is infamous for its nightly hauntings. Sometime during the 19th century, a young woman named Maggie Bloxom was decapitated on the bridge. There is a grave at a local cemetery that has Maggie’s name on it, furthering the lore that Maggie haunts the bridge. Maggie was pregnant at the time of her death and now she is rumored to wander the spot in search for her baby. When wishing to interact with Maggie, people are supposed to drive there at night and yell “Maggie I have your baby” (onlyinyourstate.com).  

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White House Farm, Chestertown, Maryland  

White House Farm was built in 1721. The house belonged to the Perkins family, but was long out of use. Later it was bought by Dolly Baker, a retired biologist. The legend around the house states that a young woman in the 1800’s planned on eloping. She snuck out of the house and rode her horse to the end of the driveway where the horse bucked her off. She hit her head on a large rock and died. It is said that the blood stain on the rock comes back no matter how hard they try to clean it off. There are reports of a woman in blue being seen around the house. Mary Perkins Stuart was given the house after her father died in 1768. She later died and was buried in the family plot. On the anniversary of her death she is said to roam around, and people visit her grave. Some make a toast to her and some make a wish. The house is now private property so visiting is no longer an option (shorebread.com). 

Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast, Bethany Beach, Delaware  

Named after John Addy, Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast was built in 1902. The Addy family used the building during the Great Depression for church group. It has changed ownership many times through the years and has had many restorations. The inn has 13 rooms and can fit 37 people. At least three rooms in the house are haunted. Rooms one, six, and eleven are the most famous. Room one’s bathroom is said to have a bathtub that violently shakes randomly. It has been reported that organ music can be heard from inside room six, despite not having an organ in the room. Room eleven is haunted by Paul Delaney, a man who used to work for the inn. There are other reports of ghosts in the building. Supposedly a ghost runs through the hallways at night. Another report states that perfume can be smelled at random times, and the sound of music can be heard sporadically through the house at night. There can also be footsteps heard on the roof, rumored to be of Kurt Addy who years ago fell to his death (hauntedrooms.com). 

DeCoursey Bridge, Dorchester County, Maryland  

The story surrounding DeCoursey Bridge has supposedly been around since the Civil War. The legend has developed popularity in recent years, and some books even feature “Big Lizz.” Years ago, Big Lizz was a slave from a plantation. They say that her master was either a spy or a smuggler. Some say Big Lizz was a spy for the Union and her master was a Confederate who held the funds. He attempted to switch the location of the treasure and kill Big Lizz. He took Big Lizz to the swamp to bury the treasure and to kill her. After the money was buried, he decapitated her. It is rumored that lights have been seen in the swamp and some have even seen her. Big Lizz has been seen with her red eyes and her bloody head in hand beckoning people to come to the spot where the money was buried. According to the tale, everyone that follows her is never to be seen again. The bridge goes across the Transquaking River and locals say there is a ritual one must follow in order to see Big LizzThe first step is to drive on the bridge at midnight. The next step is to honk the horn three times. The last step is to flash the headlights twice and then turn the car off. The car will not start again, and she will appear with her glowing red eyes and bloody head in hand (chesapeakeghosts.com). 

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Rackliffe House, Berlin, Maryland  

Rackliffe House was built in 1740 in Worcester County, by Charles Rackliffe and has had numerous deaths occur there. It was built on an ancient Indian camp where numerous artifacts have been found. According to legend, Charles’ son John was cruel, and abused the slaves who were held there. One night the slaves ambushed and killed John. Court documents from his death claim he was murdered. Some stories claim that they went for his wife shortly after. Other tales say she or another lady fell from the winding staircase and died from her injuries. Later, a woman lived there alone with her only son. He was drafted into World War II and she was so depressed she went and hung herself in the attic. In the house there have been reports of babies crying, crashing sounds only some can hear, gun shots, and more. The house is now a museum opened Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (chesapeakghosts.com). 

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Atlantic Hotel, Berlin, Maryland  

Built in 1895, the Atlantic Hotel is one of many haunted places in town. On the second floor of this hotel, a child can be heard laughing and bouncing a ball. Although creepy, room 16 is supposedly the most haunted. A manager was walking the hotel and they were stopped by a woman asking for towels. She had them brought to room 16. The manager had never seen this lady and since the hotel is small, thought they should have known the woman. They brought the towels to the room and discovered no one was inside. Upon looking at the guestbook, they found no one was registered to be staying in that room. Another odd occurrence was during the renovations. when a member of the staff found a silhouette portrait of George Washington. They set the picture on the dresser not wanting to hang it on the wall and cause holes. A week later, the same staff member found a photo of a child in a dresser drawer. The photo had not been there earlier. The staff member decided the photo would look better in room 16. Upon entering the room, the staff found the photo of George Washington hanging. No one confessed to hanging the photo. The child’s photo was placed upon the dresser and is still there. During the renovations, staff had noticed a strange smell coming from room 16. Once the photo was placed on the dresser, the smell mysteriously disappeared. Since staff in the past lived in the hotel, it is possible that a child died there(chesapeakghosts.com).