Is a historical house that was built in 1798
and served as the official residence of the Governor of Delaware
until 1965. The Woodburn House was purchased by the
state of Delaware. Throughout the years this historical house has
had many residents from doctor's, dentists, judges, landowners, farmers,
an abolitionist, two U.S. Senators and eight Delaware Governors all who
have left their imprints on this historical house. Today,
historians credit the historical importance along with the architecture
to all of the past notable residents. The Woodburn House is open
daily for touring reservations are required... Located inside the house
is a Wall of the First Ladies at the mansion. All of these
portraits were individually painted and now are on display along with
the governors who served the state of Delaware. The Woodburn
House is said to have the ghost of the builder, Charles Hillyard III
roaming around from time to time. Several people have claimed they
have seen the gentleman standing on various stairways. Also spotted
is the ghost of a small girl wearing a gingham dress and bonnet.
She has been spotted holding a candle and walking the grounds around the
reflecting pool. She was later spotted by guests in the Great Hall
during an inaugural party for Governor Mike Castle. There is a
local legend of the bullet that is lodged in the front door of
Woodburn, is said to be a result of a heated argument between Mr.
Hillyard III and one of his sons. His son wanted to go to
Philadelphia to finish his education and his father wanted him to stay
in Dover. Their argument became so intense that Mr. Hillyard fired
a gun shot at his son, who ducked behind the Dutch door avoiding injury.
Today the bullet remains in the Dutch door, and his son went to school
in Philadelphia despite his fathers' wishes. Another legend
is the house was a safe haven for escaped slaves traveling north.
In addition to touring one of the finest 18th century houses in Delaware
the grounds that surround the house are manicured to perfection.
The formal gardens of Woodburn are located behind the Hall House which
is the Governor's guest house. Here visitors will be delighted
when they see the beautiful gardens full of large varieties of beautiful
flowers and plants. These stunning gardens are complimented
with tranquil sparkling fountains.