Is There a Ghost in Gibraltar?

Two of my girlfriends and I planned on going to Gibraltar and Hagley Powder Mills today, cialis sale but something came up and we changed our plans. Both of these places are very close to where I live in Wilmington, Delaware.  It was such a beautiful day I decided to go to Gibraltar myself. I grabbed my tripod and camera and off I went. I found this photo on the internet, the way it was back in the day, but wait until I show you what it looks like now. First a little history. In 1844, Wilmington businessman and landowner John Rodney Brincklé built Gibraltar, naming it as he did because of the high, rocky prominence on which it stands. Members of the Brincklé family lived there until 1909, when philanthropist, preservationist, and amateur horticulturist Hugh Rodney Sharp [1880-1968] and his wife Isabella Mathieu du Pont Sharp [1882-1946] purchased the property. The Sharps soon began extensive additions and renovations to the buildings and grounds, creating the 6-acre estate that exists today. Foremost among these changes was the creation of a formal garden.

Sadly this is what the house looks like today. I followed a path that took me closer to the house, and walked up these beautiful winding stairs, that will take you to three levels of the property.


I wanted to see more so I walked around the other side. Wow. Look at all of those windows!! I had to see more! I wanted so much to look inside, better yet, I wanted to be inside!! The  windows were boarded up.

Wait, what’s that? An opening!!! A piece of plywood that covered a window had been broken, and  I could peek inside!

My jaw dropped. Oh my. It was wonderful. I thought of the family that once lived here. How sad. Imagine if they could see it now. It must have been gorgeous.  I had to see more. I was nervous, but I climbed inside. Still nervous, I walked up the stairs. Oh,my, gosh!!




6 Responses to “Is There a Ghost in Gibraltar?”

  1. christe' Says:

    oh Carole,

    this just gives me shivers!

    what a beautiful old home. She needs someone to love her again.

    looking forward to reading what comes next.
    hope you have a beautiful summers day there,

  2. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Christie’-I was hoping you would see this post. I knew it would be something you would enjoy seeing. Went back today and got more photos inside the house.

  3. thepowderdwigs Says:


    WOW! You little rebel you. Good for you. What a lovely house in it’s day. So very sad that it lies in such a state of disrepair!!! Just another part of our history crumbling to dust. We need to take better care of our past.


  4. Deborah Says:

    Carole: I love your blog and it never fails to excite me. However, you have outdone yourself with this one. As much as they sadden me, I love old forgotten homes. As a child, driving with my mother, she would often find an abandoned old house and say…”oh my, look at that challenge” In fact, I once broke an ankle roaming through an old “challenge”. Today, I am a double amputee and my roaming days are over. So with each step you took at Gibraltar, I was right there beside you in spirit ! What a beautiful home and grounds. So happy it’s in good hands. THANK YOU for the beautiful photographs and thanks for allowing me to take that walk with you !

  5. carole holt Says:

    Deborah, your comment today warmed my heart and touched my soul. It encourages me to keep on keeping on, as they say.

  6. Colleen Says:

    I have to been inside. I went to the basement, it was too dark and it had an odd feeling. I have been on every level of the house from basement to attic.
    I adore this home!

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