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Gallows Hill home called most haunted

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The judicial system has come quite a way since the 19th century. Long gone are the days when justice could be found at the end of a rope. During a hanging in Wilmington the convicted would meet their fate on Gallows Hill, which is present day Market and Fifth Streets. Today the 500 block of Market Street looks like any other road in Wilmington, but the block has a gruesome history. It's known as Gallows Hill where public hangings took place in the early 1800s. John Hirchak with Ghost Walk of Wilmington said, "It was a real social event, public executions back then people used to be brought in, they'd like an open area, like what was up here so they could view the execution." Under this very ground some of the executed still remain Many of the victims were from other ports of call and they were tried here on land they had no one to claim body or pay for burial, they'd dig trenches around the gallows and bury them for free," Hirchak said. In 1860 Dr. William Price built a home on Gallows Hill. When his family moved into it they discovered they weren't alone. Lew Musser witnessed paranormal activity. He said, "Lots of things have happened at that house, one time someone wrote help on the window… There's also steps on the stairs in that house where you hear the steps of the condemned walking up to the gallows." No one among the living actually lives here anymore. The home is now an architecture firm. People still claim to see ghostly figures or bright lights in the windows of the home that has become a legend. "We have no doubt in our opinion, this is, in our opinion, the most actively haunted home here," Hirchak said. There's no telling how many bodies remain buried at Gallows Hill. A few decades ago, while renovations were taking place at the price house, a body was unearthed. The owner ordered it reburied on the property.

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about the whole 1900s 1800s debate, it says in the article in 1860, the dr. cleared gallows hill for his home, so this proves that this proves in fact that 1800's equals 19th century

When I was an exterminator

When I was an exterminator from 1986 to 2001 I sprayed this house.There is a hallway in the basement and a room that has a well inside. It felt like you were being watched in those places. At certain times you would get the strong smell of burning pipe tobacco.On the stairs right inside the front door there was a feeling of being followed.

Ghost Pic

I visited the House a few months ago & took some pictures with my camera phone. There is a distinct face on one of the shutters. Has anyone else caught an image such as this? Actually there are other crazy things about the pics I have of this house.

History Yes; Ghosts, No

The history is fascinating but rational people no more believe in ghosts than they do in unicorns, elves, fairies or the devil.

Gallows Hill House

You better believe in the devil/Satan as well as God & Jesus & just as certain as God has his heavenly angels Satan has his demonic angels !!! I also through my personal experience & those of others belive that "ghosts" & spirits may exist & manifest themselves !!!

Ok so you are telling me

Ok so you are telling me there is no ghost or spirits out there in the world. Tell me something now I just want you all to stop and think about what I’m going to say. Do you believe is God? Do you Believe in the Devil?.......if you answered yes to either or both of those questions then why can’t you believe in ghost and spirits.

The devil?

Elves no, unicorns No, but the devil "YES"!!! Do you believe in the devil?? How about God?? He's real as well you know. Or are you practicing Atheism, or in some other kind of religion, so your mind can be at ease....


it was the 17th century not the 18th

re: mistake

Actually you are wrong all around. The article as stated correctly in the first paragraph said 19th century. 1800's = 19th century


I guess you failed Math class....1800 = 18th Century!! The birth of the 19th, but the 18th. SO if we were under your calculations, you were 1 year old when you were born?? Think before you post.


I read your post wrong. We agree.

1800 was the 19 century

He wasn't the only one that failed math class. U are living in the year 2014, this is the start of the 21st century. Watch who u call wrong.

I guess you failed history class...

The 18th century lasted from 1701 to 1800 in the Gregorian calendar. Thus anything after 1801 was in fact the 19th century, so the post above yours is correct. Google before you post!!


Only the chinese think that your day of birth makes you a year old. Go back to stupid school.


that was not the appropriate thing to say every one makes mistakes>:(

How sad

From the story: "The judicial system has come quite a way since the 19th century. Long gone are the days when justice could be found at the end of a rope." Now we just let criminals have free run with very little repercussions for their actions.

Actually the hangings

Actually the hangings started in the early 16 hundreds with the salem witch trials were they would hang girls under the suspection of doing witchcraft a total of 19 girls and a guy

Wilmington should get TAPS

Wilmington should get TAPS to come in a investigate this area! They came to the battleship so maybe they can come to Gallows Hill!!

No Need for Taps Go Local

We have a group of 6 people who would be interested in investigating the Gallows. If interested give us an email.


I have been saying the same thing, there are so many places here that would be very neat if they could investigate.


Just contact the most successful ghosthunter in town, Mike Elder.
He's got tangible proof---TAPS does not !!
Here is his email:

Our team investigates the paranormal

If interested email


I believe they were there, but they were chased out...