On Halloween evening, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Gov. John Carney and First Lady Tracey Carney will be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters at Woodburn: The Governor’s Residence, located at 151 Kings Highway S.W. in Dover, Del. Trick-or-treaters will be welcome regardless of any adverse weather conditions. For additional information, call 302-739-5656 or e-mail Woodburn@delaware.gov.
Woodburn is one of Delaware’s most historic homes and an outstanding example of late-18th-century Georgian architecture. The house was built in 1798 by Charles Hillyard, III (1759–1814), a fourth-generation Delawarean from a family of affluent landowners who were frequently active in the governmental, social and economic life of Kent County. Woodburn has served as the home of Delaware’s governor since it was purchased by the state in 1965. It was listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has been responsible for the care and conservation of Woodburn since August 2009. The division’s charge includes repair and maintenance of the building; design and upkeep of the property’s garden and horticultural displays; and furnishing of the home.