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. Eighteenth-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 11 and October 18. The 45-minute program is offered at 7:15 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited.