House: Dickinson Mansion


Dickinson Mansion in Dover, Delaware

Location: Dover, Delaware, USA
Built: 1739-40
Status: Open as a museum

History

The John Dickinson House, which is sometimes called Dickinson Mansion or Poplar Hall, is located in Dover, Delaware within the John Dickinson Plantation. The house served as the home of John Dickinson, the mansion’s namesake who spent his boyhood in the mansion.

Built in 1739 by Judge Samuel Dickinson (John’s father), the house faced the St. Jones River. The Dickinson Mansion was damaged during a British raid in the August of 1781. Years later in 1804, the property was almost destroyed by a fire. From 1776-77 and 1781-82, John Dickinson lived in the mansion. The house was eventually purchased by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1952, and it was given to the State of Delaware. In 1961, it became a National Historic Landmark. The location is haunted by John Dickinson. EVPs of his voice have been captured on numerous occasions.

Sources

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s