The Whaley House
Old Town San Diego, California



 
The Whaley House
Old Town San Diego, California


On November 10th, 2007, filmmaker/author Terry M. West, a self-described amateur paranormal investigator, went to the Whaley House, a supposed haunted house in San Diego and took what could be one of the most definitive and startling ghost photos ever.

The Whaley House is located in Old Town San Diego, California. It is believed by some to be a haunted house. A number of supernatural events have been reported by staff, guests and various other people who have visited the house.

The two-story Greek Revival house was designed by Thomas Whaley himself and built in 1857. According to the Travel Channel’s - America’s Most Haunted, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted house out of all reported haunted houses in America.



The Whaley House

The two-story Greek Revival house was designed by Thomas Whaley himself and built in 1857.

The cost of the house was $10,000. It was made from bricks from Whaley’s own brickyard on Conde Street.

The Whaley House is a museum and historic landmark located in Old Town, San Diego currently maintained by Save Our Heritage Organisation  (SOHO).

It is also believed by some to be a haunted house. A number of supernatural events have been reported by staff, guests and various others passing the house.


According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, out of all the haunted houses in the United States, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted. The Whaley House was haunted even before the house was built and the family moved in.

The first ghost to be reported was the ghost of James “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hanged in 1852. He was hanged on the property  that was used as a gallows before Thomas Whaley purchased the property and built the house. 


The Whaley House

The Whaley House is a museum and historic landmark located in Old Town, San Diego currently maintained by Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO).

It is also believed by some to be a haunted house.

A number of supernatural events have been reported by staff, guests and various others passing the house.

In the 1960s, psychic, Sybil Leek, felt a presence of a girl.

She was described as the great grand-daughter of Thomas Whaley, Marion Reynolds, who ingested ant poison.


According to the San Diego Union, after the Whaley family moved in, they heard the sound of heavy footsteps moving around the house and concluded that these footsteps were made by “Yankee Jim”.

Years later, many visitors to the house said that they saw the ghost of Thomas Whaley. A former keeper of the house mentioned that a little girl waved to a man who was standing in the parlor, but others did not see the man.

Moreover, four family members of the Whaleys died in the house including Anna Whaley. The ghost of Anna Whaley has been seen by visitors in the garden or in the rooms located downstairs. Furthermore, some visitors claimed that they have seen an apparition of a woman in the courtroom, but the description of her did not fit any of the Whaleys.


She is known to grab people’s arms. Not only is Whaley House a home for the family even after they had died, it is also a home for their dog. A spirit of a dog was captured; the apparition of the dog was caught running into the dining room in the house.

The Whaley family used to own a terrier named Dolly Varden when they were still alive. The dog died of natural causes and is said to lick the bare legs of women and is mostly seen by children.



Is the Whaley House Haunted? You decide!


Every last weekend of the month, The Whaley House Museum offers a late night paranormal investigation tour late co-hosted by The San Diego Ghost Hunters (sdGH), San Diego's premier paranormal investigation team specializing in assisting historical landmark owners in discovering or confirming paranormal activity at their locations.

The tour is limited to a small number of guests who are allowed to bring cameras (still and video) and audio recorders.

During the tour, guest investigators are educated on the history behind the legendary spirits that haunt the house and instructed on how to operate and utilize basic paranormal investigation tools for searching out the house's mysterious residents.

The tools used by most paranormal investigators consist of camcorders and still cameras, audio recorders, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Detectors/Meters, Thermometers (Digital or Infrared), a thermal imaging camera, and other various odds and ends that assist the investigators in their search.

Most tools like these can be seen used by The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or T.A.P.S., on the popular SyFy TV series Ghost Hunters.