Wednesday, November 10, 2010

6. The Whaley House

The Whaley House
Located in San Diego, California, the Whaley House has earned the title of "the most haunted house in the U.S." Built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley on land that was partially once a cemetery, the house has since been the locus of dozens of ghost sightings. Author deTraci Regula relates her experiences with the house: "Over the years, while dining across the street at the Old Town Mexican Cafe, I became accustomed to noticing that the shutters of the second-story windows [of the Whaley House] would sometimes open while we ate dinner, long after the house was closed for the day. On a recent visit, I could feel the energy in several spots in the house, particularly in the courtroom, where I also smelled the faint scent of a cigar, supposedly Whaley's calling-card. In the hallway, I smelled perfume, initially attributing that to the young woman acting as docent, but some later surreptitious sniffing in her direction as I talked to her about the house revealed her to be scent-free."
Some of the other ghostly encounters include:
  • The spirit of a young girl who was accidentally hanged on the property.
  • The ghost of Yankee Jim Robinson, a thief who was clubbed to death and who can be heard on the house's stairway where he died, and has sometimes been seen during tours of the old house.
  • The red-haired daughter of the Whaley's sometimes appears in such a realistic form; she is sometimes mistaken for a live child.
Famed psychic Sybil Leek claimed to have sensed several spirits there, and renowned ghost hunter Hanz Holzer considered the Whaley to be one of the most reliably haunted structures in the United States.



  1. so just views? they dont screw with anyone?

  2. i would not spend a night there

  3. yea id like to visit that and see for myself, ghosts dont exist!

  4. Accidentally hanged? How the hell does that happen?
    Actually, quite a nice-looking house. I always wondered if ghost tales increased or decreased property value!

  5. reminds me of 1408, great flick dont you think?

    check me out sometime, im interesting


    I kid, I kid xD

    I would LOVE to visit a real haunted house, flashlight-style :o

  7. not sure I buy into the ghost thing totally, but if you send me to San Diego to investigate, I promise a thorough, professional report. Of Coronado Beach, and the strip clubs by the Navy base.

  8. Pretty nice house. Wonder if its all really true...

  9. amazing hous. I want something like this!