Whaley Historical House

Paranormal Investigation Tour

Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) and The San Diego Ghost Hunters have joined to present the only event of its kind in San Diego: The Whaley House Museum Ghost Hunting Tours. Presented late night on the last weekend of the month, guest investigators learn about the historical family that built the legendary home and helped establish San Diego as an emerging city, are introduced to paranormal investigation tools and techniques, then put them to use to discover why the US Commerce Department has promoted this landmark destination’s haunting reputation. Guests will also experience exclusives special to the investigation tour — oil lamp lighting throughout the house and the opening of the Whaley’s master bedroom for your exploration.

The Whaley House Museum Paranormal Investigation Tour Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) and The San Diego Ghost Hunters have joined to present the only event of its kind in San Diego: The Whaley House Museum Ghost Hunting Tours. Presented late night on the last weekend of the month, guest investigators learn about the historical family that built the legendary home and helped establish San Diego as an emerging city, are introduced to paranormal investigation tools and techniques, then put them to use to discover why the US Commerce Department has promoted this landmark destination’s haunting reputation. Guests will also experience exclusives special to the investigation tour — oil lamp lighting throughout the house and the opening of the Whaley’s master bedroom for your exploration.

Mar 24th, 2017 Tours ::

When-Mar 24th, 201710:30 pm to midnight ::

What to bring |Still / video cameras, voice recorders, handheld ghost hunting equipment ::

Map | Find the Museum courtesy of MapQuest Reserve your spot today Don’t be disappointed. Only an intimate group of guest investigators join sdGH each tour and sell-outs are guaranteed, often within the first days of each month. ::

On line | Whaley House Museum secure website :: By phone | 619-297-7511 :: In person | 2476 San Diego Avenue, Old Town

Upcoming dates |  Mar 24th, Apr 28th, May 26th

 

  sdGH co-hosts the San Diego Whaley House Museum Paranormal Investigation Tour as a service to the community and memory of the Whaley family. All admission proceeds are used for the restoration and preservation of the Whaley House Museum and SOHO advocacy programs. Latest Update: 03.01.17 | New evidence added

Whaley House MuseumFew houses in San Diego are as historically important as the Whaley House. In addition to being the Whaley Family home, it housed a granary, the County Court House, San Diego’s first commercial theater, various businesses including Thomas Whaley’s own general store, a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and polling place. Significant events, such as the seizure of the court documents and records in 1871, and the suicide of Violet Whaley in 1885 profoundly affected Thomas and Anna Whaley. These events, as well as the hangings which occurred on the property before the house was constructed, have suffused the Whaley House with an air of mystery and added to its reputation as something more than just California State Historic Landmark #65. According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States. The alleged hauntings of the Whaley House have been reported on numerous other television programs and been written up in countless publications and books since the house first opened as a museum in 1960. Although we cannot state positively that the Whaley House is really haunted, the voluminous documentation of paranormal occurrences at the site makes a compelling case. But, if there are ghosts at the Whaley House, who are they and why are they here? Whaley House MuseumThe earliest documented ghost at the Whaley House is “Yankee Jim.” James (aka Santiago) Robinson was convicted of attempted grand larceny in San Diego in 1852, and hanged on a gallows off the back of a wagon on the site where the house now stands. The local newspaper reported that he “kept his feet in the wagon as long as possible, but was finally pulled off. He swung back and forth like a pendulum until he strangled to death.” Although Thomas Whaley had been a spectator at the execution, he did not let it dissuade him from buying the property a few years later and building a home for his family there. According to the San Diego Union, “soon after the couple and their children moved in, heavy footsteps were heard moving about the house. Whaley described them as sounding as though they were made by the boots of a large man. Finally he came to the conclusion that these unexplained footfalls were made by Yankee Jim Robinson.” Another source states that Lillian Whaley, the Whaleys’ youngest daughter who lived in the house until 1953, “had been convinced the ghost of “Yankee Jim” haunted the Old House.” A visitor to the museum in 1962 mentioned that “the ghost had driven her family from their visit there more than 60 years [earlier], her mother was unnerved by the phantom walking noise and the strange way the windows unlatched and flew up. “Many visitors to the house have reported encountering Thomas Whaley himself. The late June Reading, former curator of the museum, said, “We had a little girl perhaps 5 or 6 years old who waved to a man she said was standing in the parlor. We couldn’t see him. But often children’s sensitivity is greater than an adult’s.” However, many adults have reported seeing the apparition of Mr. Whaley, usually on the upper landing. One said he was “clad in frock coat and pantaloons, the face turned away from her, so she could not make it out. Suddenly it faded away.” Whaley House MuseumThe specter of Anna Whaley has also been reported, usually in the downstairs rooms or in the garden. In 1964, Mrs. Whaley’s floating, drifting spirit appeared to [television personality Regis] Philbin. “All of a sudden I noticed something on the wall,” Philbin reported. “There was something filmy white, it looked like an apparition of some kind, I got so excited I couldn’t restrain myself! I flipped on the [flash]light and nothing was there but a portrait of Anna Whaley, the long-dead mistress of the house.” Other visitors have described seeing or sensing the presence of a woman in the courtroom. “I see a small figure of a woman,” one visitor said, “who has a swarthy complexion. She is wearing a long full skirt, reaching to the floor. The skirt appears to be a calico or gingham, small print. She has a kind of cap on her head, dark hair and eyes and she is wearing gold hoops in her pierced ears. She seems to stay in this room, lives here, I gather.” None of the Whaleys fit this description, but the house was rented out to numerous tenants over the years. Perhaps the mysterious woman in the courtroom was one of these. Whaley House MuseumAnother presence reported by visitors and docents is that of a young girl, who is usually found in the dining room. Psychic Sybil Leek encountered this spirit during a visit in the 1960s. “It was a long-haired girl,” Sybil said. “She was very quick, you know, in a longish dress. She went to the table in this room and I went to the chair.” Urban legend has it that this is the ghost of a playmate of the Whaley children who accidentally broke her neck on a low-hanging clothesline in the backyard, and whose name was either Annabel or Carrie Washburn. There are no historic records of any child dying this way at the Whaley House; nor is there record of any family named Washburn residing in San Diego at the time. It is believed that the legend was started by a one-time employee of the Whaley House, in an effort to add to the house’s mystique.Even animals aren’t left out of the singular occurrences. A parapsychologist reported he saw a spotted dog, like a fox terrier, that ran down the hall with his ears flapping and into the dining room. The dog, he said, was an apparition. When they lived in the house, the Whaley’s owned a terrier named Dolly Varden. The Whaley House stands silently watching over San Diego Avenue as it has done for a century and a half. Every day visitors come from around the world to tour the historic museum. It contains so much history within its walls, that even the non-believer will enjoy the tour. For believers and skeptics alike, the house draws them back time and again, in search of those elusive ghosts. As media personality Regis Philbin once said, “You know a lot of people pooh-pooh it because they can’t see it. But there was something going on in that house.”
The following San Diego Whaley House Museum Ghost Hunting Tours attendee submissions have not been investigated by the sdGH team. If you attended a past investigation tour and would like to submit haunting evidence, email the team here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVhiikSYu0   A Whaley welcome First time investigators, Tim and Vicky from Santee, California, joined March 2010’s Whaley House Museum Ghost Hunting Tours and received quite a chilling welcome as Tim entered Violet’s upstairs bedroom. Luckily, he switched his video camera to record a split second before entering, allowing him to capture the friendly voice.As Tim tells it, “It happened as soon as I stepped into the room, a simple “hi”. It sounded as though it was spoken directly into my right ear. It was a very loud, clear whisper, and there was no doubt that it sounded feminine. Luckily my camera’s microphone picked it up.Initially, I thought it might have been my girlfriend, but as I responded back to the voice, I turned to see no one was near me. Vicky’s footsteps can be heard as she approaches me from the staircase’s landing to see what had me excited.This may sound kind of odd, but along with hearing it, I also felt it.”The vocalization occurs immediately upon clicking play and is then repeated three times. Violet makes her presence known? Independent investigator, Jerry Reynolds, who is known for his regular investigations of the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, joined the sdGH team’s May 2010 Paranormal Investigation Tour. Inspired by the possible video capture of Whaley daughter Violet ‘s disembodied voice within her upstairs bedroom (seen above), Jerry thought he would try his luck exploring the second story alone with a stop at Violet’s room as the tour group was quietly occupied below. He appears to have recorded EVP of a female-whispered “sure” after Jerry asks if Violet is present.The EVP is repeated three times after the full length experience plays.
Visitor Submissions

The following San Diego Whaley House Museum Ghost Hunting Tours attendee submissions have not been investigated by the sdGH team and does not endorse them as official paranormal phenomenon. If you attended a past investigation tour and would like to submit haunting evidence, email the team here.
During the March 2011 tour, Yvette M. discoivered this interesting blurred artifact in a photo looking into the Whaley guest bedroom. During the March 2011 tour, Yvette M. discovered this interesting blurred artifact in a photo taken looking into the Whaley guest bedroom.
James R. from San Diego, CA, sent us this photo taken in the theater during the November 21, 2009 investigation tour. He gives us this background: During a recent tour, sdGH founder, Maritza, and several guest investigators were attempting communication with Thomas Whaley using experiemental electronic equipment. The above photo was taken when it was felt Mr. Whaley was in the room. Is this the shadow of his spirit?
James R. from San Diego, CA, sent us this photo taken in the theater during the November 21, 2009 investigation tour. He gives us this background: James R. from San Diego, CA, sent us this photo shot in the theater during the November 21, 2009 Ghost Hunting Tours. He gives us this background: “I came across this pic, one of the first ones we took, when we had headed upstairs while everyone else was still gathering their ghost hunting tools or waiting downstairs. We were the only two people upstairs at this time. When I flipped through this picture, it gave me chills.” It gives us chills, too, and deserves further investigation during our next tour. Nice catch, folks.
Michele and Leslie from San Diego, California, were guests of sdGH's March 2009 Investigation Tour and sent in this photo: Michele and Leslie from San Diego, California, were guests of sdGH’s March 2009 Investigation Tour and sent in this photo: “We did not see anyone / anything in the left pane of glass when taking the shot. However, upon review, we both see what looks like a young girl with long hair in the right pane. ‘Young girl’ was our gut reactions, and when you place it to scale against the chairs, thats about the right height for a young girl — perhaps 10 years old or so?”
James R. from San Diego, CA, sent us this photo taken in the theater during the November 21, 2009 investigation tour. He gives us this background: Jennifer of Santee, CA, presents a photo of an apparent back shadow shape shot while invesigating the master bedroom during October 22, 2010’s tour. She says the EMF meters peaked and the ITC instrument, The Ovilus, was heard to say “Top Hat” and “Whaley” as the image was taken. whaley_tour_mass1     A tour guest walked into the room and Francis Whaley walked in with them.
Whaley House Museum pump organ performance Located in the house’s parlor, Whaley Museum manager and multi-instrumentalist, Victor Santana, performs two inpromptu songs on the original historic family pump organ. For a written interview with Victor, follow the team here.
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