Haunted by John Dickinson's ghost, the "pen of the American Revolution," this mansion was built in 1739 in Dover, Delaware by Dickinson's father, Judge Samuel Dickinson. In 1781, the mansion was damaged by the British during a raid, and years later in 1804 the mansion was almost destroyed due to a massive fire.
Built in the 1790s by Charles Hillyard III, Woodburn (as the Governor's Mansion is known) once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and much more recently was purchased by the state of Delaware, serving as the official residence for Delaware's governors since 1965. A Middle Period Georgian-style mansion, it has been home to everyone from gentleman farmers to U.S. Senators and doctors. And each owner seems to have left his own special imprint on the house.