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Notorious ferry boat master Martha “Patty” Cannon did more than transport people across the Naticoke River at Woodland Ferry in Delaware.  She and her band of hooligans captured, sold, and transported freed slaves back to plantations in the South.  One of the most notorious places she would keep her captured slave out of the public eye, was a secluded island on the Naticoke that became known as “Shackle Island”.  For centuries, the island itself has been a ghost.  No one seemed to know where it was located, until recently.

Some have discovered ruins of a moss covered boat and believe that this marks the spot of the lost Shackle Island where the notorious slave smuggler Patty Cannon hid some of her victims.
Some have discovered ruins of a moss covered boat and believe that this marks the spot of the lost Shackle Island where the notorious slave smuggler Patty Cannon hid some of her victims.

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In the late 1700s at a place known as Woodland Ferry, located in Colonial Delaware, a woman by the name of Patty Cannon ran a ferry that transported folks across the Nanticoke River.  Patty lived just north in the nearby town of Johnson’s Corners.  Patty was not an ordinary woman, on many levels.  She was large and burly in appearance and stood over 6 feet tall.  Some say that she could best any man in a fight.  What was really scary about Patty Cannon though, was that she was just as nasty on the inside as she appeared on the outside and was a very murderous woman.

The skull of Patty Cannon is all that is left as a reminder of her brutal legacy.  It is kept in a hat box in a library office.
The skull of Patty Cannon is all that is left as a reminder of her brutal legacy.  It is kept in a hat box in a library office.

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A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

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Spanning the Pennsylvania / Delaware Border is a little known tract of land that is a gem among the urban sprawl of the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Just north of Wilmington, Delaware the Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get out and go for a hike and enjoy nature at it’s best…  Read the full story>>

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

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During the Revolutionary War, British and Hessian troops were advancing on Philadelphia.  Brigadier General William Maxwell led a small force on a mission to delay the British advance so that Washington could evacuate Philadelphia.  One of those soldiers still marches on the road to Philadelphia to this day.

Cooches Bridge near Newark, Delware long ago

Cooches Bridge near Newark, Delware long ago

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I have never been a big believer in ghosts or the paranormal, but I love a good ghost story. I have lived in the town of Media, PA since 1996. I have heard and read about numerous hauntings in the area including one on Dog Kennel Road. There have been many versions, the main one being that if you drive down that road on midnight, you will see the ghost of a young girl sitting on the side of a bridge where she was supposedly killed. Just to clarify a few misnomers, a lot of folks state that the road is in Newtown Square, however it is not. It lies near the intersection of Route 1 and 252 next to Rose Tree Park between Media and Newtown Square. I have to say that I did not see the actual ghost of the girl, but I did see something out of the ordinary…

I have driven down Dog Kennel Road many times in hopes of seeing a glimpse of the paranormal only to see absolutely nothing. I have to say I had never driven down that road at midnight, however. One October

evening after a family outing to the Arasapha Farms haunted attractions, we were driving home and I was recounting the story of the haunting on Dog Kennel Road to my teenage kids and my daughter’s boyfriend who happened to be along that night hoping to top off the night with a little “real life” scare. It was getting close to midnight so on a whim, I decided I would make the story a little more interesting by actually

going for a drive down Dog Kennel Road which was close by. The road is very narrow and winding and it is

all tree covered and dark which is a creepy in itself. The bridges are hard to spot since they are only marked by small concrete barriers on either side so I was driving really slowly. We passed the first bridge without

incident. After driving a little further we came to the second bridge. Not really expecting to see anything, I decided to make it a little creepy by slowing to almost a stop and turned the lights off. After appeals from my daughter to turn them back on, I did so and we crossed the second bridge and saw nothing. We approached the third bridge which is close to the end of the road where it intersects with Paxon Hollow road.


As we crossed the bridge, there in front of us crossing the road was a small patch of white mist. At that

moment my son said, “OK, that’s just weird”. This would not be a weird sight ordinarily except that there was no fog in sight anywhere except that one spot. The night air was relatively warm for October as we wore no coats or jackets that evening.  The mist was just a small patch that resembled the shape of a 3’ high by 3’ wide ball. We drove through the mist and quickly turned around at the end of the road. At first, we didn’t see the mist again.  But as we got closer, there it was in the middle of the road again in the same spot and it moved off of the road before we got to it. As an afterthought, it occurred to me that the mist never dissipated after we  drove through it as it should have in the wake of the air displaced by our car. It was still there, intact. The thought literally sent chills up my spine! You have to admit, that was really weird

Dog Kennel Road

For updates to this story, read the full blog here:

My Experience on Dog Kennel Road


For more stories like this visit:

American Ghosts and Hauntings


Ghosts of Central Pennsylvania


Ghosts of Delaware County


Mid-Atlantic Ghosts

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