Rockwood Mansion

(Rockwood Park & Museum)

4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE

(302) 761-4340

Status: Former Residence; Heritage Property; Museum


Generally, One Paranormal Event A Month


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This gothic revival mansion was built between 1851 and 1854 for banker Joseph Shipley. Shipley made his money in Liverpool, England before moving to the new world.

In 1891 Shipley’s grand nephew, Edward Bringhurst Jr, took possession of the house after Shipley’s death. The museum today is set up to mirror life in the mansion at this time.

The estate then passed to the Bringhurst’s daughter, Mary. Mary – who reached 100 years old -passed the mansion to her niece, Nancy, who would leave it to a non-profit for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

In 1973 the estate passed to New Castle County who would completely renovate the mansion and estate in 1999.


Paranormal Activity

Many consider this property the most haunted house in Delaware and second only to Fort Delaware as the most haunted location in the State.

Although we are unable to do a full investigation here Our Paranormal World will be visiting this location in July, 2024.

The identified 28 ghosts of Rockwood Mansion are said to be former residents and include:

A woman who wanders the house and is said to be surrounded by cold air. She has been known to approach people visiting the house.

A man in a red smoking jacket who is most often seen with his dog.

A small boy who is thought to be Eddie the son of Edward Bringhurst Jr. His ghost is most often encountered near what was once his playhouse on the property – now in ruins – but he is also found in the mansion. He has been reported as pushing visitors in a playful manner.

A pair of dogs who belonged to the Bringhurst family appear outside of second story window.

Mary Bringhurst’s music box is known for playing on it’s own.

A woman in white has been photographed in a tour group.

There’s even a report of a woman – appearing as solid as any living person – telling people the museum is closed when it is open.

A blast of cold air has been reported in the attic.

Other reported activity: shadow figures; phantom footsteps; disembodied voices, whispers and whistling; phantom sounds of children playing; phantom smells of tobacco, perfume and flowers; light anomalies; cold spots; a feeling of being covered in something cold and wet; pushes, tugs and pulls by unseen entities; objects moving on their own and feelings of being watched and not being alone.