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Don't Believe in the Supernatural? A Trip to Lewes Might Change Your Mind

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It’s October—time for pumpkin spice lattes, trick-or-treating and ghost stories. If the latter doesn’t make your hair stand on end, then consider a trip to Lewes and its historical and haunted places.

Mike DiPaolo, executive director for the Lewes Historical Society, has witnessed a few supernatural incidents at the society’s properties.

The Cannonball House was once the home of Sarah Rolland. Her dress caught fire while she was cooking in the attic and she died. “She gets the blame and the credit for the strange happenings at the house,” says DiPaolo. “Things move on their own and doors open and close.”


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He recalls a former pilot who works for the historical society leaving for the day after witnessing eerie occurrences at the Cannonball House.

The Burton-Ingram House is another spooky site. DiPaolo was giving a tour to a group who asked if they could go up to the third floor. A deep voice came out of nowhere and said, “No, James is up there. No, James is up there.”

DiPaolo had a ghost hunting team check out the property. “They told me someone keeps talking about James,” he says. Although the house is over 200 years old, DiPaolo doesn’t believe a dramatic death is the cause of the mysterious voice. “Someone died in the house in the early 19th century—that’s what people did,” he says. “There is a feeling that it was a child who died.”

The society will host its “Spooky Lantern Walking Tours” in October, which visits other alleged haunted properties.

Visit historiclewes.org for more information. 

The ​Cannonball House//Photo by Lee Cannon (via Creative Commons)

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