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Elaine Brenchley, First State Heritage Park, 302-739-9194,, or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175,

First State Heritage Park Presents “Dark Dover” Oct. 11 and 18

DOVER (Oct. 8, 2013) – Later this month, 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.  

An 18th-century judge, Samuel Chew, and a murdered servant, Cooch Turner, are just two of the specters who will make appearances on this most unusual tour through the Dover Green. Surprising 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, Oct. 11 and 18. The 45-minute program is offered at 7:15 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Spots can be reserved by calling 302-739-9194. Tours will meet at the John Bell House on The Green in Dover.

More information is available from the First State Heritage Park at 302-739-9194 or

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.     

Vol. 43, No. 393

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