Dark Dover Lantern Tour


Oct 20, 2017
08:30 PM until 09:30 PM


Venture into “Dark Dover” October 20 and 27 with the First State Heritage Park

This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s “Dark Dover” program, visitors will witness firsthand the chilling true stories of gruesome murders and whippings, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green in Dover. 18th-century judge Samuel Chew and the murdered servant Cooch Turner are just two of the specters who will make their appearance on this most unusual tour through the Dover Green. Unusual twists include an unexpected retelling of the Poison Candy Murder tale from the point of view of the victim’s deceitful and philandering husband, who attempts to clear his name. The mid-20th-century “Lonely Hearts” murder case adds a grisly but humorous touch to the tour.

To find out what lurks in the shadows, join the First State Heritage Park by moonlight on Fridays, October 20 and October 27. The hour long program is offered at 7:00 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Call 302-739-9194 to reserve your spot. Tours will meet at the John Bell House on The Green in Dover.

For more information, please contact the First State Heritage Park at 302-739-9194 or visit www.destateparks.com/heritagepark

The First State Heritage Park at Dover is a partnership of state agencies, under the leadership of Delaware State Parks, working in collaboration with city and county government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to create Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.   




View map First State Heritage Park
John Bell House
43 The Green
Dover, DE

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First State Heritage Park




Kent County



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