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May 26, 2005

Whaley House

A few years ago my husband and I visited the Whaley House in San Diego, California. The house was built by Thomas Whaley in 1857 and was later the site of the San Diego County Courthouse. And it is one of the most haunted buildings in America!

There are three main ghosts that haunt the house. The first one is thought to be Mr. Whaley himself. He is sometimes seen wearing a frock coat on the stairway landing. Visitors have commented that they feel a pressure while on the stairs as well. The second one is that of Mrs. Whaley. She appears on the settee in one of the bedrooms or on the couch in the living room. Sometimes you can smell her lavender perfume as you walk through the house. The third ghost is that of a little girl who was killed in an accident in the back yard. It is said that she usually appears only to children.

Visitors over the years have taken pictures of the rooms in the house only to have blurred images and lights appear when the photographs are developed. Many of these guests have sent copies of their photos to the house and they are on display in the old courtroom. We took a few pictures ourselves while we were there and had similar results. (See below...)

We had toured the house, taken our pictures, and, except for the feeling that spirits were there, had had no ghostly encounters. It was just before the building closed for the day that my husband and I were standing alone in the courtroom. A low barrier divides the courtroom, separating the judge's area from the spectator's area just like in a courtroom today and visitors to the house are not allowed into the judge's area. Just beyond the barrier is a large wooden table covered with those visitor's photographs that I mentioned earlier. The pictures are covered by a thick, heavy piece of glass. I was standing in front of the barrier looking at the pictures when I turned to point them out to my husband. And when I turned back the whole piece of glass had shifted, messing up all of the pictures beneath it. So much for not having any ghostly encounters!

A few months later some friends of ours also visited the Whaley House. They didn’t know that the house was supposed to be haunted, but Jenny told us later that she kept smelling lavender wherever she went in the house!



Posted by Linda Dalton at May 26, 2005 06:21 PM


Hi! I just recently went into the whaley house and it was pretty scary. I also took some picture and in one of them I have an orb.. along with a strip of light like in your second picture!

Posted by: Brittany at August 27, 2005 01:05 AM

A couple of years ago a few friends and I went to go check out the Whaley House around 2:30am, after all the bars had closed and what not. We were looking in the back of the house through the nursery window with a mag light. On either side of the wondows there are long, thin shutters. My friend and I were hutled together and the shutter to the left of me cracked and swung to the side knocking my friend and I over. Well there is no way in hell that the shutter was heavy enough to move us that far over. We freaked out because we though "oh my gosh we broke the Whaley House" and so we got in our cars and left.
The next night we decided to go back. We went to the back of the house to check out the shutter, and it looked as though nothing had happend...
It something that I deffenitly can't explain..

Posted by: Michelle at September 28, 2005 06:14 PM

I love ghosts!!!!!!!!!

and that is creepy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Email me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sam Bridge at January 21, 2009 07:44 AM

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