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

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The First State Heritage Park Features Dark Dover

DOVER (Oct. 9, 2012) – This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events, Dark Dover,  returns to The Green in downtown Dover. Visitors will witness chilling true stories of gruesome murders and whippings, and encounter characters whose legends have left their imprint on The Green in Dover.

Samuel Chew, and 18th-century judge, and the murdered servant Cooch Turner are just two of the specters who appear during this most unusual tour through the Dover Green. Unusual twists include a retelling of the Poison Candy Murder tale from the point of view of the victim’s philandering husband, who attempts to clear his name.

The First State Heritage Park invites the public to experience Dark Dover by moonlight on Fridays, Oct. 12 and 19. The 45-minute program is offered at 7:15 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Spaces are limited, and pre-registration is required by calling 302-739-9194. Tours will meet at the John Bell House on The Green in Dover. 

More information about these programs and about the First State Heritage Park is available at

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. 42, No. 389

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