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

54 comments:

  1. Funny, I think every big city in the Southwest has an 'Old Town' section.
    Most haunted? I wonder if the Ghost Hunter guys have stayed there?

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  2. There seems to be a house like that in every city but that's pretty cool that Life magazine called it the scariest house... I wonder how much is real or imagined ;-)

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  3. Who hanged him in his own house???

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  4. You never know who is among us that shouldn't be. 🙀

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  5. He was publicly hanged on the property before there was a house there, Bijoux. That might not have been very clear! I'll see if I can tweak the copy so that makes more sense.

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  6. No, Alex, I don't think Ghost Hunters has been there and I don't know why! I don't think Ghost Adventures has either...it could be they won't allow it. Or maybe it's too small a space for them to work? Although Ghost Hunters has done small houses before. I don't really watch Ghost Adventures because the guy with the muscles is so arrogant it bugs me!

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  7. did they scream HELLO MY DOLLY when they saw the terrier? :)

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  8. You know, I lived in a 200 year old estate house at one point that had some incredible history. It could have been one of those freaky, haunted experiences (you should have seen the basement--meat hook and all!) but it had been a nunnery for a time and had a really amazing feel about it.

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  9. I think if a big time magazine called it the scariest I would want to see it as well, well, maybe not since I am a huge chicken but I would be so very tempted!
    I loved all the pictures.

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  10. so creepy--especially given how small this one is. Not many places to run away screaming lol

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  11. When such a magazine calls it the sacriest, makes you stop and think. But yeah not sure I'd buy it.

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  12. There's a haunted house not far from where and I know someone who lived there and she reports that there was a ghost in the house.

    Another friend lives alone in an old house says that she has seen a man ghost in her house but she is not afraid. She said he is a friendly ghost. I don't know what to believe.

    They speak of ghosts in the bible when the apostles saw Jesus walking on the water. They were afraid that they were seeing a ghost...

    Have fun ghost hunting.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  13. I love that a designation such as "most haunted" even exists!

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  14. I don't like haunted houses. I don't think I would go into this house in broad daylight with a group of people. Nope, I'll pass.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  15. Well I can definitely see haunting a place for that reason. Goodness!

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  16. I've lived in California almost my whole life and I have never visited The Whaley House. I really want to go there one of these days, because, like with so many places, I'm not convinced it's really haunted.

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  17. That hanging went real bad. Not in a rush to visit a haunted house but a cool horror movie, count me in.

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  18. Thank you! I didn't know. I've lived in southern California most of my life and San Diego was always the place to hang out when I was younger. I know all about Old Town's amazing food but I knew nothing of this scary place! Next trip!

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  19. We went there a lot since I live in the San Diego area. Never saw anything "abnormal" or "paranormal" there. Its been a few years since I've been. I didn't realize they glassed up the rooms, before they were just roped off for people not to go in. When I was younger in 8th grade we went on a field trip to Old Town and also went to the Whaley House. My friends and I often talked about if they would let us spend the night there so we could see if anything actual was going on there, but I'm sure they wouldn't have :)

    betty

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  20. Yeah, the rooms were glassed when we were there in 2011, Betty. Maybe they heard we were coming and thought they needed it! I didn't realize at one time they'd been wide open. I did see a lot of pictures online that had reflections posing as ghosts and the people didn't mention that a glass had been there when they took the picture. Kind of cheesy...

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  21. Oh, I love interesting haunted house stories! This one is so scary.

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  22. Now that's spooky. What a terrible way to die. No wonder he haunts the house. I'll have to visit Whaley House one of these days.

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  23. I don't think there's enough money in the world to convince me to go inside a haunted house.

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  25. Hey, I've actually been to this one! Kinda neat--I love the dog story :) And am now craving some good Mexican food!

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  26. I ain't scared of no ghost

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  27. I heard about this story on TV last year on some program about America's most haunted places. I'd be too scared to go, hahaha!

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  28. I am attracted by haunted destinations too!


    www.volatilespirits.com

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  29. Oh my, San Diego isn't really all that far. Must make a plan to go and see that place.

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  30. Love the pic of the outside, w/the porch and lamp and the grasses. Historical houses are places I love to visit. There's one in Indianapolis I'd like to see that belonged to President Benjamin Harris.

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  31. Seriously? Regis looks scary as heck. Forget he ghost of Yankee Jim, run from the creepy looking Regis.

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  32. Seriously? Regis looks scary as heck. Forget he ghost of Yankee Jim, run from the creepy looking Regis.

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  33. I didn't know this place but it looks intriguing! I would love to visit place like that.

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  34. I would love to visit haunted places like this!

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  35. This reminds .. on my honeymoon we stay in a haunted carriage house in Northern England. My husband was more scared that I was... at least until I heard bells ringing... and there we no bells!

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  36. If I ever get a chance to visit San Diego, I will definitely check out the Whaley House. I love haunted houses. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Sounds like a cool place to visit. Did you notice anything weird while you were there?

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  38. If I had to leave this Earth in such a terrible way, I might wander around and complain, too!

    Thanks, Stephanie - only one more Friday! Boo, hiss! :-)

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  39. No, Sherry, I never see anything scary. That's probably why haunted places don't bother me. I seem to lack whatever it is people have that makes them see ghosts. Of course, I'm always visiting while other tourists are there. It would probably be a different thing if I spent the night somewhere.

    Cherdo--I know. I wish October could last half the year!

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  40. It's been ages since I've been to a 'haunted house' of this sort. But that sounds like a lot of fun.

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  41. While I may not particularly believe in hauntings, I am certainly fascinated by such stories, and am very happy to watch the ghost spotting shows. Plus, I love shows like Supernatural, so... yeah. ;)

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  42. I've never heard of this haunted site, but I'd like to visit it.

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  43. I HAVE to go to the Whaley house now. I HAVE to.

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  44. Sounds scary and frightening!

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  45. Hi Stephanie! I never know if I should believe stuff like hauntings or not. Is it overactive imagination? Or a true phenomena? Well, it is fun, so that's where I think I'll leave it!
    Happy Sunday,
    Ceil

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  46. October's my fav month too, I'm so desperately happy to be finished with the heat of the summer. Fun pics! I saw that Regis episode; not a great show, but I'll watch anything to do with horror. (I really like the Long Island Medium though. She's funny!)


    (In Egypt, our Hard Rock Cafe has nachos, quesadillos, and fajitas! Yum!)

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  47. Thank you for sharing...this is a fun one. :-)
    Happy Halloween!

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  48. A hanging gone wrong... shivers...

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  49. Oh so cool. I want to stay at a haunted bed and breakfast. My hubby just rolls his eyes when I say this..because after watching scary movies he has to check bathroom shower and turn on light before I can pee. Ha!

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  50. The scariest thing I've heard this week is that a hanging can fail. EEEEEK.

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  51. Um, Yankee Jim creeps me the H out. I wonder why he was hanged? What was his crime? Hmmm.

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  52. I live close to Niagara On The Lake and that is a town reputed to be the most haunted town in North America:) Fort George has a number of spirits, The Angel Inn and the Prince of Whales. In fact there is one room in the prince of Whales that nobody likes to go into. I love ghost stories and believe that things like this do exist. I have experienced it myself

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