Friday, October 24, 2014

Scary October: The Whaley House

In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary place every Friday. This week it's a haunted home we visited while in California in 2011.

The Whaley House is located in San Diego in the heart of Old Town. (Old Town, by the way, is home to some of the most amazing Mexican restaurants in the world!) My husband suggested we go there, since it's often called the most haunted house in the world.

Almost every haunted attraction has been called that at some point, but not many have been called that by LIFE magazine. The most prominent ghost in the house is reportedly this man...

James "Yankee Jim" Robinson was publicly hanged on the land in 1852. His death wasn't an easy one--the hanging failed and he strangled to death. The exact place where he was hanged--the area that is now marked by an archway between the house's music room and parlor--is said to be haunted by his ghost.

Many other ghost sightings in the house are attributed to members of the Whaley family. 

Visitors have even reported seeing a small fox terrier running through the house. The Whaleys owned a terrier they named Dolly Varden. I would like to point out, however, that each room is blocked from visitors by glass. Many of the supposed paranormal pictures out there are simply reflections of the photographer in that glass.

Here's an episode of "The Haunting Of..." where Regis Philbin visits the Whaley House.

The Haunting Of S01E05 Regis Philbin by ghostvid