Trick or Treat at Woodburn

Gov. John Carney hands candy to a boy during trick or treat at Woodburn, the governor’s mansion, in Dover on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Delaware Governor John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney welcomed trick-or-treaters to Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence in Dover on Halloween.

Gov. Carney was dressed as a chef as he handed out treats to visiting children.

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.

Gov. John Carney hands candy to Amelia,8, and Rachel Houtz, 6, during trick or treat at Woodburn.

Lilly, 4, dressed up as Mary Poppins with her parents Nick and Ruth Brown during trick or treat at Woodburn.

Gov. John Carney and his wife, first lady Tracey Quillen Carney, pose with Trip Black, 9, who dressed as a Rubik’s Cube during trick or treat at Woodburn.

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