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Whaley House

San Diego, California

During the early part of the 20th century, this house was home to the Whaley family, while it was also being used as a town hall and courthouse. Hangings were a frequent occurrence in the parlor, and strange happenings have been linked to this. All the Whaley children died unnatural deaths such as having an ax fall on their head, and being killed in the doorway of a closet. Today, in addition to the sightings of two apparitions, footsteps are heard and many weird odors permeate through the house.

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Joyce says:

September 26, 2005, 4:51 am

I have been to this house many times.There is no question in my mind that this place is definitly haunted. Trust me I never believed in this stuff, going to the Whaley House made me a believer. I want to take their night tour they have, still am working up the nerve.

Debbie says:

October 5, 2005, 6:42 pm

I was able to tour this house when I visited my sister. Nothing happened inside the house, but when I stepped out on the front porch, a strong smell of pipe tabacco wafted across. As I was the only person on the porch at the time and I wasn’t smoking a pipe, I don’t know where it came from.

D. H. Stapleton says:

October 12, 2005, 10:01 am

I have never believed in ghosts, but, I was fortunate enough to take the Ghosts & Gravestones tour of San Diego; included was the Whaley House at night. I had heard of the Whalet House before and was interested to see it for myself. Knowing very little of the background of the house one gets a weird sense in being the house. I had a very unusual experience in the court room/schoolhouse room. In the next to the last row of seats on the left side (if looking towards the front of the room) near the very left edge seat I stood talking to my wife. Al of the sudden I had chills that stood the hair up on my arms and neck and gave me the weirdest sensation I have ever felt. I did not see anything, but I definitely felt something, and as soon as it happened it was over.
My wife said I had a very odd look on my face while this event happened. Was it a ghost? I don’t know, but let’s say that I have a little more belief in that they might exist. I highly recommend the Whaley House to any doubters of the supernatural, it could just change your mind.

karinna says:

October 26, 2005, 7:45 pm

how do i get to this house?

ButtfaCe says:

November 19, 2005, 11:42 pm

I was at the house with some friends when all the lights suddenly went out and something touched me on the shoulder but no one did it!!!! I was dead scared so I told my friends what happened and they thought that I was crazy and thats how I lost all of my friends!!! this house is a piece of **** we should tear it down now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE it so much!!!

yearbookers says:

December 2, 2005, 3:33 pm

i had an ax fall on my head in this house i almost died…

jake says:

January 7, 2006, 3:37 pm

lol, i doubt that its hunted, i went at midnight alone with my little brother (he was craving some ghost haunting) we went inside, the door was locked becuase the tours closed, i was tring 2 open the door, and then mylitttle brother said “move for a sec” i move, he used some kind of trig, and strangely, he picked the lock (and hes only 11 yrs old lol)
we went inside, the light swich didint work, i said go ahead inside, ill wait for you here. he got his flashlight and said ok! so i jest stood there for like half an hour, so i thought ( i might as well go in) so i went inside, i used a flashlight, i saw a little boy run, it looked jest like my little brother, i said c,mon lets go, its gettin late, i walked through te hallway, i saw a flashlight on the otherside, it was my little brother, i said c,mon lets go, and please dont run, it makes to much noise and it gets me worried, he siad i wasant running (he is ussualy a liar) and so i said, sure you werent, so we left, he kept saying it wasant me, i didint beleave him, nothing else happened there, but we came back in the morinng, we saw apperations and oders, but nothing like the ones yesterday, i think this house is jest 1 big hoax

Silvereyes says:

January 15, 2006, 5:57 am

I know the history of the Whaley house very well, having grown up in San Diego and toured the house in Old Town many times. Hangings were *not* a regular occurance, but there *was* one hanging, of a frenchman who stole a boat, in a gallows that was made in the backyard (not in the parlor). Unfortunately since it was basically an angry mob, the gallow wasn’t made well, and wasn’t high enough, so the neck of the poor man didn’t break and he strangled to death over half an hour. His ghost is supposed to be one of the ones that haunts the house. All the Whaley children did *not* die, only one did, of an illness. No one died from having “an axe fall on thier head” though one of the children, as a grown adult, did commit suicide.

San Diegan says:

January 18, 2006, 12:37 am

When ever I go to this house, I’m too chicken to go past the front porch…oh wait…I won’t even go on the front porch! This house scares the HECK out of me!

diana says:

January 25, 2006, 7:49 pm

this house soaks

Vanessa says:

January 26, 2006, 6:06 pm

I think the house is cool. I have been in it and didn’t experience anything weird, but it’s still a killer story!I have yet to go on the night tour… maybe something exciting will happen then…

Becca says:

February 1, 2006, 12:03 pm

I belive that this house is hunted because I went pass it one day and felt really scared like I was being watched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer says:

February 10, 2006, 11:07 pm

This house is haunted! The person that wrote the comment about the axe falling on there head, I believe is entirely true. …because it would have taken an idiot to write something so stupid! We have pictures of the whaley’s, and a little boy sitting next to his dog. There’s is definently something wrong in that house!

karen says:

February 20, 2006, 7:06 pm

we visited this house last august. two of us felt sick to our stomachs in the dining room. my daughter thought she felt a dog lick her ankle and when 3 of us were up at the top of the stairs we heard a loud growl like a dog. no one else was up there and we all heard it. fun place to go to!

Emma says:

February 22, 2006, 9:15 pm

I went to the Whaley house for a class feild trip.It was closed that day, but we got to look around outside.There was a very strong smell of lavender purfume evreywhere!My friend and I went to the side of the house to peek through a window,and evreything was just so…creepy!!!!!!My friend and got so creeped out,Lizzie and I ran to the front door where the rest of the group was.My teacher was telling us about how short they were.Mrs.Whaley was only 4’2!When we went to go see Mrs.Whaley’s rose garden,we could here children laughing.But my teacher didn’t here a thing!Weird huh?

Paris says:

April 13, 2006, 6:49 pm

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Cristal says:

April 24, 2006, 6:15 pm

My friend and I went to this house and she said she felt something cold brush up against her. The next time she went alone and took a picture of where she felt the coldness and when the pictures got developed, there was a white shadow. Creepy huh?

Jessica says:

April 26, 2006, 5:26 pm

having grown up in San Diego i attended many school field trips to old town. ive been to the whaley house about 5 times. and each time ive gone i felt something different. ive felt nauseated and dizzy when in the kitchen and ive also smelled the scent of chocolate chip cookies and a metallic odor that smelled almost like blood. ive smelled the cigar odor numerous times, and even thought i saw smoke appear near mr.whaleys office. when i went up stairs i had someone run up against me and pull my skirt. i also noticed that the rocking chair in one of the kids rooms was rocking slightly. while in the courtroom i felt a hand on my thigh. i have no doubt in my mind that this house is haunted. i believe your chances of seeing or experiencing anything are dependent on the number of people. i noticed that when it was a medium crowd i felt things more than when it was a large crowd. the same for a small crowd. as for the family friend who got caught in the wire. she was running down the hill after her mother gave her permission to play with the whaley girls. she was so excited that she didnt notice the low hanging wire and slit her throat(mrs. whaley was short so the laundry line was short so she could have easy access to hanging the laundry.) apparantly mrs. whaley put her in the tub that is in the kitchen and tried to soothe the girl by baking cookies.

lindsay says:

April 30, 2006, 9:07 pm

Hi yall this is lindsay and i have never really believed in this kind of stuff and i am really not in to it but they have some stories on this web site and some are believeable and this story i would think is not one of them. for one they gave u like no imfo and two it is hard to believe to me!~~~Lindsay SC

Gerald says:

May 16, 2006, 4:22 am

I’m a native San Diegan and I’ve been to the Whaley House and though i’m not psychic I did feel a presence in fact a few presences along coming down the stairs adn some in teh court room. Hell let’s say this I work for the Convention Center and I did have an encounter with a ghost of a former employee, but let’s just say I’m not the only one. I’ve spoken with at least 6 people,3 of which no longer work there, that have had an experience or two with not just my ghost but of another. They keep this under wraps, but the ghosts are harmless, in fact the one I talked to only appears to new hires and welcomes you to the Convention Center. No joke.

kelly says:

May 17, 2006, 11:05 pm

dangz this one sound the scariest out of the rest i’ve read…..OOoooOO..i would like to check this one out wen i get a job….me and my boyfrend…see wat its like…i’ll post wat i felt and saw…this shiet is fawken scary assz heLl..

lisa says:

June 8, 2006, 8:31 pm

I grew up in the san diego area, never went into the whaley house until febuary of this year.
I have been there several times since, and yes there is a lot of activity there, i have managed to get a lot of photos, 1 or 2 video recordings and some EVP.
I feel that there was more going on that is known.
the history itself is very interesting (to me atleast)
the dog is one of my favorate ghosts there.

Beth says:

June 12, 2006, 12:25 am

I visited the Whaley House all by myself during the day and I have to say..that the only thing I felt was my purse slightly lighter since I paid to enter the house. I didnt see anything, smell anything, or feel anything except for the place being hot and stuffy. I love visiting historic places, so at least that’s what I got out of that day. Wish I was able to get out of what others did. Oh well. I even walked around the cemetary that’s in that area. Nothing. Oh well.

PandaBlaze34 says:

June 20, 2006, 9:06 pm

Hey ive seen the Whaley House on Travel Channel! Isnt it the one where people hear things upstairs and some girl put poison in some tea? if not i think i really just made a fool out of myself!

Timmy says:

June 23, 2006, 5:55 pm

No, actually, the whaley house is a house that is haunted by the spirits of Michael and Richard Whaley. The whaley brothers were carpenters in town, but as you know, life has its little secrets. One day, Bobby McGee, the local florist, delivered flowers to the whaley house (back then, the florists also delivered – what an idiot!). Anyway, the florist had something else planned for the whaley brothers. Death was the prescription that the doctor ordered. And Mr. McGee had the vial. He poisoned both brothers with Philthranxip and he was planning on eating their flesh (fact later revealed in his memoir), before he was apprehended by the milk man, who, by the way, was having an affair with the wife of Michael Whaley. Very interesting story. I wrote my college thesis on it. What a spooky frightening yet fun tale!

PandaBlaze34 says:

June 28, 2006, 1:01 pm

haha thanks Timmy…Ive seen so many shows on ghost towns/etc. !! haha 😉

Duh says:

July 2, 2006, 11:44 pm

This site should get their facts right. The hangings were said to take place on the property before the house was constructed. NOT in th parlor…..research the facts

lang says:

July 4, 2006, 9:21 pm

address and price?

Liana and Kaden says:

July 15, 2006, 2:52 am

Well, my friend and I were just thinking…..where did the axes come from, because they just couldn’t have appeared and dropped, and then vanished again?
Oh and plus we are only ten, I’m not the intellegent one, Kaden is! And Kaden has had some spooky things hapen in his house as well, but definetley not axes dropped on their heads! hahe
From Liana and Kaden!!!!!

Toni Holloway says:

July 22, 2006, 3:26 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading all these comments, however, I’m saddened by how our children cannont even spell or use grammar correctly! Shame on our schools…I have also visited the house before and have nothing to report, but I AM going to go back and take a tour again.

sharpie says:

July 24, 2006, 6:55 pm

this place was not even scary! i spent my money on nothing! but i do like the house.

Whaaaaaat up says:

July 25, 2006, 2:38 am

sharpie are you on line.

Whaaaaaat up says:

July 25, 2006, 2:43 am

I have not been in the house wait I live their and I talk to the ghosts their. I’m not playing around how ever is reading this. Im buried under the whaley house and I am Elizibeth Gonvington. I was born in 1888. If you are reading this for now on you are cursed for ever. never come to this house again or you will DIE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Nikki says:

July 29, 2006, 7:21 pm

Toni H., please don’t blame the school system for children not using correct grammer and spelling words correctly. They’re being taught well but some children refuse to pay attention to what the teachers are teaching! So, shame on those children! I too visited the W. house this summer and I must say, I didn’t feel anything, nor did I smell anything. I did get some great pictures though! Picked up many orbs and shadows. I wasn’t happy about the fact that you were not able to walk into the bedrooms nor the parlor because of the plastic windows that were build inside each doorway. I would like to go back. My dad doesn’t believe in ghost, but I did capture a little Native American girl standing behind him. My students at school pointed her out to me. An image of an old lady sitting on the bed, and a dark cloud of a face is in one of my pictures also. They say it’s best to go during the daylight, you have more activity. I also went to the gravyard down the street where Yankee Jim is buried among many Mexican Americans. I did not capture any ghost there, but it was a creepy looking place. I talked with some of the locals that worked in the area and found out that the Old Town village is more hauted than the house. The lady in the shop that sales old hats and pins etc. said that children have haunted her place for a very long time. She said that she had some Ghost Busters come in to get rid of them but she told them no, that those children had every right to be there as much as she did. She told me that she asked the childen to stop breaking things in her store and they could stay. She hasn’t had a problem with them since, except for closing doors and laughing. Old Town is a very interesting place. I will visit again!

angel says:

August 16, 2006, 5:30 am

never seen so much writing in my life

Kristen says:

August 16, 2006, 11:06 pm

I have lived in San Diego all my life, and have visited the Whaley House on more than one occasion. I have to agree that this house definitely has spirits. I saw a rocking chair move by itself, the decorative fringe on a 20’s style lampshade move vigorously, and heard footsteps when no one was there. Also, there was a piano in the courtroom area, and it upped and played a few keys in the middle of the tour guide’s talk. Even the guide was shocked. I didn’t feel any coldness, but it did feel like there was someone blowing on the back of my ear, and brushing the back of my right leg. I also encountered the lavender perfume.

I’m sorry for those who feel that they wasted their money, although if you were worried about that, you should re-think your reason for visiting these types of places. People that are more in-tune with their spiritual sides or more “psychic” have a tendency to encounter more in these types of places. Don’t concentrate on looking so hard, the things will happen if you just relax. Ghosts like to play games like that.

carlos says:

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marta says:

August 23, 2006, 4:35 am

I have been to the Whaley House sevveral times. The first time I went I knew nothing of the history or the hauntings. I did hear a baby crying when there was not one anywhere in the area. I also heard and felt a dog, again there was none around. Also experienced the chain in the court room swing by itself.

kate says:

August 26, 2006, 3:11 pm

ihave a ghost story and i tried it on my sis and bro and i bet you it scaryyy

Jeff S. says:

August 28, 2006, 2:48 am

This website is S*** for one thing. The facts are all F-ed up and the history is not correct… also most of the people posting on here are too stupid to know what’s going on…

with that said, I have visited the whaley house many times. I live only a couple miles from it so I drop by every once in a while. I’ve gotten some interesting pictures, nothing too vivid however. Plenty of orbs that cannot scientifically be accounted for however. The strangest camera malfunction happened to me while touring the house last year. I was in the courthouse room and my digital camera card “could not be read”. This has never happend to me before. I turned the camera off and back on, and my camera had copied picture number 12’s thumbnail onto number 13, making it so picture 13 on the card could not be read (because it was not actually a real picture). This has never happened before the visit, and has not happend since. It is the strangest thing that has ever happend to me at the house. I have about 3 witnesses to the story. Weird stuff.

-Jeff S.

Betty says:

August 31, 2006, 1:00 am

I have toured this house on 2 occasions, the first being at night and then went back the following day. I do have several interesting pictures taken there. One picture shows a white mist in the parlor and I have several pictures in the garden when there appear to be children in the bushes. I also took a picture of the “life mask” of Abraham Licoln which was not in the pictures when I got them back from the photo lab nor was it or any blank photo in the negatives. I don’t know why, but it just wasn’t there…I was hugely disappointed. I’m looking forward to visiting again this fall and hope to get more unusual photos.

ERICA says:

September 11, 2006, 11:25 pm

When i was on a field trip which all San Diego scvhools used to do was a one week tour of Old Town we visited on the 3rd day the Whaley house and we enjoyed a lovely tour but the weird things that did happen were only happeniong to a few people.
I was one of those people now i don’t know if it was because i was more interested in the whole haunted house theory or what but i could smell tabacco smoke on the main stairs as we went to the secound floor but my friend next to me said i was smelling things cause she smelled nothing also0 i could here the baby crying but nobody around me could hear it, although the weird thing was that some of the people in my class said that they could not see the shadow of the man who was hung from the tree but i could see it clearly so i don’t know what was going on if they were just kidding or not but that trip only enhanced my mind and made me want to research the whole ghost idea more and the knowledge that i turned up about the Whaley house was really interesting including a photo that i have of my grandmother in front of the house with a shadow of a person in the secound story window when thw house was supposed to be closed that day.

Ruby says:

September 30, 2006, 4:38 pm

i know this story is true because i lived in California and the school i went to visits Old Town and the Whaley House. my older brother and my older sister went and they both said they felt ghosts watching them they said it was really scary……if u lived in San Diego and went to Rosa Parks Elemenatry from 1997-2003 0r until 2004 then email me at or please……………….

Ruby says:

September 30, 2006, 4:38 pm

i know this story is true because i lived in San Diego and the school i went to visits Old Town and the Whaley House. my older brother and my older sister went and they both said they felt ghosts watching them they said it was really scary……if u lived in San Diego and went to Rosa Parks Elemenatry from 1997-2003 0r until 2004 then email me at or please……………….

Ruby says:

September 30, 2006, 4:38 pm

i know this story is true because i lived in San Diego and the school i went to visits Old Town and the Whaley House. my older brother and my older sister went and they both said they felt ghosts watching them they said it was really scary……if u lived in San Diego and went to Rosa Parks Elemenatry from 1997-2003 0r until 2004 then email me at or please.

Kevin says:

October 6, 2006, 5:08 pm

My wife is a professional Photographer and on two different occasions She photographed a green glowing object moving down the stairs. We did not see it at the time but we have the pictures.

Doris says:

October 10, 2006, 7:04 pm

Please tell me where is this Whaley House is located? I want to go there.


October 11, 2006, 4:11 pm

Being a resident of San Diego, I have been to the Whaley house many of times. I had a out of town guest come in for the weekend and decided to give her a tour of beautiful San Diego. We went to the Whaley house a couple of days before holloween in 2003. We took many pictures throughout the house. Me, being the sarcastic person that i am, stood against the wall in the courtroom and held out my arm as if i was holding another person on the side of me. My friend snap a picture and we went on touring the rest of the house,taking pictures throughout the rest of the house.
When we had our pictures developed the next day, we found many unexplained things. Alot of orbs and lights that were not there before. But what really got us was the picture we snapped in the courtroom. It showed me by myself with my arm reached out with no one there, but there was a picture on the wall that was a old picture on the house in the early 1900’s,the refection in the glass was not the house picture, but a old man reaching towards me. He had a long beard and dark glasses and would scare the hell of anybody. We call him Yankee Jim, this is the person that was hung in the hallway of the home. I am the only person I know that actually has a picture of a real ghost. So before you say ghosts aren’t real, check it out yourself first.

Jennifer says:

October 15, 2006, 3:11 am

Michele I would like to see that picture.
If you could send it to

Boogervampire says:

October 17, 2006, 5:31 pm

So, quite simply, I’m into dark things, as well as being a history buff, and when I first heard about the Whaley House in Old Towne San Diego, I got really excited. I had never gone to a haunted house before, as I do believe that ghosts exhist and also admit that I’m not sure if I really want to see one.

Anyway, on my last trip down to San Diego I stopped by the Whaley House after reading up on all the histoical information I could find on the place. I admit I didn’t see anything, and neither did my 12 year old nephew, but I do admit that from the moment I stepped through over the threshold to the moment I left the house, I did feel a strange pressure. Almost like I was weighed down with by something.

Like I said, I didn’t see any “ghosts” per say, but I really appreciated the house for it’s historical relevancy, their preservation efforts and the overall creepy vibe I had the whole time I was there. I posted some “boring” pics from my trip here: Whaley House.

Even though I didn’t see anything I would most definately go back. . . just in case. :)

Steve-o says:

October 17, 2006, 9:20 pm

Ive lived in San Diego for the last three years and finally went to the Whaley House about 3 months ago. Before then i wasnt aware that it was on about every list for top 10 haunted houses. But anyways, this kinda goes along with a post up top by D. H. Stapleton. The area and experience he had is exactly the same as the one i had. I was in between the last two rows on the far left, and my girl friend was sitting down, while i was standing behind her. All of the sudden it felt like someone lighty grazed the back of my neck, i turned around, to see nothing, then i got chills throught my whole body. At the time i just thought i was freaking myself out, until i read his post, and it is the exact same. Now i feel like i had a real experience with the supernatural.

Christine says:

October 18, 2006, 8:40 pm

I went to the Whaley house in April of 2005. It was hot that day and as I was going up the steps I felt very cold. It was only on one step though. I looked up to see if there was a vent or attic of some sort to see if that could be the reason for the cold feeling. There was nothing like that above me. I did stand there and enjoy it since it was so hot that day.

While standing in the dining room looking out the window to the backyard I did smell lavender.

marshall.s says:

October 18, 2006, 8:45 pm

Hey,michele I also want to see the picture that you took at
Please send it to my e mail

Hilary says:

October 23, 2006, 11:43 am

I went there way back when…when I was 8-ish and didnt even know it was a very haunted place…I go there go on the tour of it go upstairs all by myself and nothing happend…later on my mom tells me to come with her and she shows me the pictures of other people experiences there….still nothing happend to me there…kinda think its a joke

Punk Rock Breezy says:

October 25, 2006, 5:53 pm

I am a native San Diegan and have visited the whaley house many times and have yet to experience anything supernatural there….but i am a non believer…..

Tonie says:

October 26, 2006, 3:21 am

hey michelle i would also like to see the pic… i’m sure my dad and step mom would like to as well. my dad and my stepmom used to run souljava which was a paranormal investigations website… they used to be paranormal investigators and so far from what i hear y’all saying it sounds like smoke and mirrors to tell the truth but me and my parents are planning to see the house soon hopefully it would be my first day as an investigator… haha but i would like to see that pic…

Jane says:

October 28, 2006, 2:01 am

ppl got ne new stories its kind of boring hearing things over and over again ,no wait it is boring

liz says:

November 3, 2006, 7:26 pm

I recently visited the Whaley House. I was disappointed that there were no guided tours. The docents hand out printed information on the house and the supposed hauntings there. Although it’s a very cool house I did not see, feel, smell or in any way feel that it was haunted. Sorry folks.

Lisa says:

November 20, 2006, 7:03 pm

The children were actually killed differently; one of them ran into a clothes wire and was decapitated, but im not sure about the other.
And the most famous hanging was done right before the house was built, and that is who you hear climbing up and down the stairs. I’ve been there, and let me tell you it is SCARY.

Louise says:

November 20, 2006, 7:06 pm

oh, and one of my friends showed me an un doctored photo she took in the whaley house, and in the middle of the couch was a white gas like ball.
also, there are many orbs in the pictures when you take them there.

eddie says:

December 1, 2006, 1:04 am

i went ot this house i was the girl then i had sex with her it was good i left her all welgley

Heather says:

December 3, 2006, 4:22 pm

Most of these comments should not be posted, just a lot of rude people trying to get a word out to be funny i guess. Oh and for the person that said it should be tore down, it doesn’t matter what you do or build therem what’s there is there… I have had my own personal experiences with the unexplained and i believe it is very much haunted.

Anonymous says:

December 13, 2006, 4:44 am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Guests that enter the museum are first and foremost educated on the history, and if requested, be entertained with stories of hauntings. Each guest can determine, according to their own belief (and their own evidence, if able) on whether the Whaley House is haunted or not. Being currently involved with the Whaley House and SOHO (the preservation group overseeing the care of the musuem, for those of you who didn’t know), I would like to clear up some of the historical “facts” that have been mentioned. Yes, the Whaley House was built ontop of the old execution grounds. No, the executions did not take place in the House, nor did they take place outside in the yard while the House was standing. It is undetermined where each execution took place with the exception of a possible witness description of Yankee Jim Robinson/ Santiago hanging location. The witness (which happened to be Thomas Whaley) describe the execution location as being in proximity of where the parlor archway was erected. The Whaleys had 6 children in which 2 of them died at young ages. Thomas Jr. died a little over the age of 1, possibly of scarlet fever. Their daughter Violet, age 22, took her own life by gunshot to the chest. The story of a little girl (depending on the story, may have been Whaley related of not) that had run into a clothesline has been determined false. No such event happened. The legend of a possible murder inside the house or on the property has not been proven. Many of the legends and lore of the Whaley House is still being researched. To understand and learn the true history of this House may give believers and non-believers a new perspective on the paranormal validity of the Whaley House. To understand it’s mystery is to learn it’s history.

Danieâ?¥Homicide says:

December 18, 2006, 1:46 am

ok like omg i am in love with this house! before i moved to texas i would vist two times a month.All of u that say we are fakes and liars when it comes to this stuff just means that u did not experience anything and u dont even want yourself to believe! ok anyways…i will share some f the stuff that has happened,one time me and my sister wemt in alone and knowing me i just had to bring my camara, i took a few pix in the dinning room ( or kitchen) and then we moved on to the office.then i relized i left my purse behind! so we went back and one of the chairs was pulled out from the table and we could smell smoke from a pipe.Thing is we were the only ones on the first floor at the time. yeah it would be dumb if i put all my experiences down on this comment, I WILL MAKE ANOTHER YAY!!

Danieâ?¥Homicide says:

December 18, 2006, 1:59 am

Hmmm…. well i was there with my mother,aunt,cousin,and sister.And my cousin went to Mr.& Mrs.Whaley’s room near the theatre ,and instead of there being a closet door there is this cousin was in that room when all of a souden the curtain slowly moved back and forth then she jesturd for me to come in and i saw it too when she left the room!! and it looked as if a hand was grabing the curtain from the that was FREAKY!

My aunt was at one of the kids room near the window thingy and something in that room cought her eye,she thought she saw my mom(she saw a ladie i guess?) behind her and when she told her to look at it my mother did not reply. so she turned around and saw noboby there.but she felt a little chill. Then my mom came out of the theatre room thing and my aunt asked if she was standing behind her a little while ago,but my mom said she was in that one room the whole time.and us kids were in that garden so it wasn’t us.later when we were leaving my aunt told one of the workers and she said ” Oh! that was mrs.whaley silular things happened to other people like what happend to my aunt. Dunno but i am such a believer, i have been sense i was 4 years old and i wont listen to the **** of people saying i make it up! thank u….â?¥

Dave says:

December 19, 2006, 1:12 am

For those who wonder where the Whaley House is located, it’s at 2482 San Diego Avenue, San Diego 92110. It’s closed Wednesdays. There’s a nominal donation.

I’ve been to the Whaley House a few times and once saw a spoon in the kitchen swinging by itself, and another time saw a doorknob upstairs that appeared to be turning by itself, though someone could have been turning it from the other side. But it’s a great place to visit if for no other reason than to experience local history.

Danieâ?¥Homicide says:

December 19, 2006, 9:04 pm

Tee Hee! it’s me again! god i love this web site.This place is truly beautiful! i mean even if nothing happens .you get just have fun there ,learn the history of it,and besides the Whaley house,you can just have a great time in Old Town San Diego! there is lots to do like;go to some cool candy shops!(got to love that!)go in some girt shops that have very nifty stuff,great resturants,a mission church thing,oh! i almost forgot! I believe there are two more haunted places in old town, one is another house and a grave yard that does have paranormal activity as well! Just enjoy your time there that is all i can say! :) â?º

carla fernadez says:

January 2, 2007, 5:48 pm




micky says:

January 15, 2007, 11:19 pm

I have been in the whaley house before. I actually started crying. It all started when I looked the house up on the internet and decided to take a vacation in that city. Now I know that i am 15 and I can get scared easily, but this really scared me.

amy says:

January 15, 2007, 11:33 pm

Now when I first went imto the whaley house I was only 12. And let me tell you, I cried a whole bunch.
When I first stepped in my girlfriends and I decided to stay and sit and talk for like an hour or 2. Everyone left when we got there so I was a little scared. And after we were done chating we went upstairs. I creeped inside a room and just layed down because I was soo tired. I rubbed my eyes and then when I took them off, I looked in a mirror and saw a mad face stare straight in my eyes. I screamed and ran downstairs rto my friends. They were staring at the door in terror. When I asked them what was wrong, they told me that they heard scratching and kids screaming for thier life.
After I told them what I had seen they all started saying bad stuff about the house. And what stopped them was the luod running steps that came from upstairs. We all started crying and moaning. Then all of a sudden the running steps started coming down the stairs. We all ran out and what was right behind us was the fottsteps still running.
When we were all out of the house we all looked back and saw the screen door slam shut. \
That house will give you nightmares and horrible memories. If you were to ever go there then you better watch what you say and do in that place because if you dont, then a ghost will probably chase you out of the house like what they did to us.

Kimberly says:

January 22, 2007, 8:41 pm

My grandma started that rumor! I`m not kidding! She was raised in long beach and went there alll the time.She went there with her friend once and they thought it was a ghost,but it was a gray cat.

amy says:

January 27, 2007, 9:08 pm

No I actually think that you are a lier. Because why would a gray cat appear in the mirror while I was laying down?! Well all I know is that what I saw was real and what other people say was probably not real.

Senovia says:

February 2, 2007, 5:19 pm

I would like to go when I find a babysitter for my 2 children. Where is it? Just reading all these stories scares the mess out of me.

amy says:

February 3, 2007, 10:26 pm

hey senovia, it’s in california. But it is in San diego. You will find sighns of it when you get closer to it. IT will say, “Whaley House, Up Ahead.” Well hope you find it.

Nevaeh says:

February 4, 2007, 4:09 pm

This story made my mind think crazy things with the unnatural deaths of the family in the house. It was almost like watching men in grease stained shirts marching in lines with chains wrapped around them and scoulls on their faces just itching for the next kill.

Mandy says:

February 7, 2007, 12:51 am

wow, please stop visiting San Diego. All of you. Stop.

mari says:

February 10, 2007, 3:29 pm

All those story’s are so true

tasha says:

February 15, 2007, 7:58 pm

I have visted the whaley house several times the fiest time I just went to th back yard and I walked in to a cold spot witch sent shiver up my arm. Another time when I was takeing the tour. We were in the court room and it felt like a ice cold finger touched my arm. I believe it haunted.

i love jordan(amber**) says:

February 22, 2007, 7:38 pm

somebody scared me.they said if i go they will kill it a joke?

amy says:

February 23, 2007, 11:47 pm

OK yall I just went in the whaley house again for the second time. Wow it actually remembered me. When I first took my first step in all the lights went out.

shavonne says:

February 27, 2007, 8:13 pm

ok. you all are nuts!
most of you cant even spell the house name correct!
its the whaley house.
and to the person who said they lost friends over this, even more lame!!!!!!

Teresa *SoUtHs1D3SD* says:

March 10, 2007, 12:05 am

I’m planning on going to this house on this Sunday night, I’m pretty amped up about it.. I heard that the Washburn girl story isn’t true, someone that used to work there made up that story just to add in another ghost. But I was told that there really is a little dog that haunts the place too.. A Fox Terrier… I really believe that this place is haunted.. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to find out for sure..

nieshia says:

March 15, 2007, 5:34 pm

I went to this house in 5th grade for a week and all the thing s about are true if you go into this one room you will see mr. whaley in his rocking chair and you will smell his wifes strong perfume when you go up the stairs their are orbs everywhere you hear this guy and a dog moving around the house. in the backyard a girl was hung you can kind of see her throughout the house there are ghost found. this house is in old town in downtown san diego. i think its real

nieshia says:

March 15, 2007, 5:35 pm


adam myers says:

March 18, 2007, 1:10 pm

where is this place i want to go there

Ghost says:

March 25, 2007, 2:09 pm

I went there on my dreams and it was full of ghosts ghosts ghostsghostsghostssss!!! I was one of them… Then I woke up (told you I was dreaming)

Ghost says:

March 25, 2007, 2:12 pm

They will kill yoy kill you kill you!!! …But, only… Who are THEY?

tina says:

June 19, 2007, 3:49 am

i was born and raised in san diego and had the pleasure of comming to to the whaley home in a field trip as a child. i remember a presence and everything. i wanted to at least give my children the same experience. my kids are from wa state, theyve not even had the experience of california. boy did they have it…. they experienced their first earthquak and haunted house. i took them to the whaley house. and wow was i in for a treat… the court house was our first visit, my 2 older kids went in no prob my youngest son, he almost flipped on me he refused to go into that room not even remotely close to the entrance. so we went on… of course we smelt the perfume on the stairs… but my oldest said it was only cold by where she was sitting in the theater room. she had a spirit sitting with her. they all saw everything i saw as a child sme things they saw i dint and vice versa. i loved that they can at least say they had that experience it was well worth the 15 bucks…

tina says:

June 19, 2007, 3:57 am

oik im sorry i can spell the name its the whaley house and i went there not once but twice once as a child the second as an adult with my children and i grew up in this town and i know its real…. everything about it… for someone to call someone elses experience lame is lame… that just makes me mad….my kids experience further makes me believe… to whomever lost someone to this experience i apologize for you loss and for the inconsiderate name calling. its imature and elementary…i love old town , san diego and everything about californnia duh since im from there… and i hope i can give my step kids the same experience i did growing up, for some it wasnt great but for me it was the best…

nick says:

June 21, 2007, 1:09 am

I went 2 the Whaley house and it was weird. I saw a reflection in the window of MR.Whaley, the chanderlieirs were shaking, and i saw Mrs.Whaley play her guitar. It was freaky!!! I’m only 13 but still i saw lots of things. I really recamend The whaley house
if u like chills and thrills.

Tammy says:

June 22, 2007, 10:59 am

Like the person far above me, where is this so called haunted house, and how much is the entry fee?

zaara says:

July 7, 2007, 8:34 pm


Bailey says:

July 7, 2007, 8:42 pm

I went on the Whaley House night tour last Friday the 13th. The people who work there told me that more spooky things actually happen during the day. The house is located at 2482 San Diego Ave. The phone # is (619)297-9327. I can’t wait to go back.

pumpkin says:

July 10, 2007, 4:27 pm

cool story! it gives me the chills! if u no a cool story plase email me at please!

????? says:

July 12, 2007, 8:19 pm

Omg..At first i didnt believe in any of this nonsense,but i just went for fun with my family..I told my mom lets take a pic and we did. We took it in the theater. My moms bf took us the pic then he saiid if i could take one of him and my mom and so i did…but when we got the pic omg i saw this big white spot next to the curtain on the right side of the stage. omg i was soo freaked out i couldnt believe it…now i wanna go bak and tour the house at night i bet its gonna be awesome!!!

amarissa says:

July 15, 2007, 5:48 pm

My cat and I went to that house and my cat went to that hose.And when got ther I smelled a wird smell.When we got in the hose my cat went to the corrner and he hissed.Ushuly he dosent hiss inless he sees a new person.And know one was there.So I grabbed him and ran out and from that day and on i cat for get
sinserly, amarissa ****

Brian Miller says:

July 19, 2007, 8:35 pm

This website needs a major FACT CHECK.


The Whaley House was built in 1856-57 by Thomas Whaley. Before the house was built, three people were hanged there… William Marshall and Juan Verdugo for their part in the Indian Uprising that almost returned California to Mexico (their leader Antonio Garra was executed by firing squad in the El Campo Santo cemetery up the street, and Thomas Whaley was one of the firing squad members!)and Yankee Jim Robinson, for stealing a rowboat (he stole the rowboat so he could steal a larger boat). Thomas Whaley bought the land after the Robinson hanging, and built a large grainery (now the courthouse wing). He added the living quarters to the house later, and members of the Whaley family continued to live there for almost 100 years!

Over the years it served as a courthouse, a general store, a theater (when the Whaley family was living in San Francisco) and now it is a museum. Two of the Whaley children died in the home, but Thomas and his wife Anna moved to downtown San Diego before their deaths.

Lillian Whaley was the last of the Whaley children to live in the house, and she passed away in the 1950’s. By then the house was in bad shape, so the city scheduled it for demolition. Thankfully a group of dedicated people bought the house, formed the Historical Shrine Foundation. Under the leadership of June and Jim Reading, they convinced the county of San Diego to renovate it and operate it as a museum.
Is the Whaley House haunted? Come check it out and see for yourself.


sage says:

August 1, 2007, 12:16 am

there is no info. about how they died mean thats half the reason i looked online!!!! get more info. get more lookers think people!!!!!!!!!!

Victoria says:

August 31, 2007, 1:21 pm

Wow,This house is very haunte.
I went there a couple times.I heard some strange noise,Weird odors.And a couple times I felt someone tap my shoulder.I was so scared,I suggestion you go

Linds says:

September 8, 2007, 9:41 pm

Hmm…I am just now finding out about this house…I have been to Old Downtown SD, but never knew of this. I think I will look into this more & visit the place sice I am so close! 😉

veronica says:

September 15, 2007, 6:33 pm

Wow I never heard of any story like this I only seen it on movies,but real ife.I think that all of theses storys sould become into movies because I think they’re scary enof i also think you should look for more storys thanx.

Jeff Preston says:

September 29, 2007, 10:13 pm

im a sophomore in high school now, and i remember in 5th grade i took a field trip here. it wasnt scary really at all when i was in, i dont remember it that great, but i dont remember any smell like everyone else is claming. but i did take pictures inside the house, and in almost all of them there was a white shadow thing, so idk if it was because its an old house, or because of ghosts, but thats i remember in the courtroom there would be white shadows like in the judges chair and stuff. the stairs were very creeky, and when u went up, it always seemed like there was someone else with you. i do believe there are ghosts in that place, but idk for sure

Elizabeth says:

October 2, 2007, 5:08 pm

hi what does this mean!?

Lauren says:

October 6, 2007, 8:31 pm

I almost got to go there for a field trip I was on with my school but they were cleaning it or something.

Michelle says:

October 15, 2007, 2:37 am

I do believe that whomever wrote this little bit of info on the Whaley House, should get rid of it and do some research on the house before sharing incorrect facts with the public.

Not all of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Whaley Died of unnatural causes…infact Lillian C. Whaley lived in the house until she was moved to a nursing home due to ill health. She was the youngest child of Thomas and Anna Whaley and died in 1953…that would make her pretty old.


Lori O says:

October 15, 2007, 11:44 pm

My husband and I took our two daughters to the house in 2003 and we were there while a film crew was shooting for the Travel Channel. We followed them around with 2 paranormal experts and listened to all the “activity” they said was going on. They would point to areas and say that they saw a figure here and there and all kinds of things that we couldn’t hear, see or feel. My husband is a complete non-beleiver and I have an open mind but truly could not feel or see anything. We became bored and left my teens with the tour and decided to explore the court house. We no sooner walked in to the left side and began signing the registar when my husband and I both heard a heart wrenching scream of a woman. We looked at each other and discussed how we both heard it and how it became very cold right around us. The odd thing is no one else around us heard it as we asked everyone. It was very errie and the only way I can describe it is it sounded as if it were coming from far away through a tunnel. We had been to the house twice before without experiencing any activity so my advice is keep going back. I was also impressed that the house is a registered haunted house wich means that someone from the state of Calif. comes in and checks to make sure there are not any wires, fans, faulty electrical wiring,etc that is causing the activities.

bunnie1142 says:

October 17, 2007, 3:45 pm

I personally believe that the Whaley House is haunted due to several experiences. When I first went there, I could not stay in the area near the parlor. I was overcome with the sense of fear, dread and sadness. On a tour a year later, I found out that that is where they used to hang people before the house was built. I have had my sweatshirt strings fly up in front of my face while there, and we’ve captured an EVP of a man whistling in the dining room area. No one was in the room except for us, and the person taking the recording cannot whistle. In the theater upstairs, I was sitting in a chair next to the wall on the west side of the room when all of a sudden it sounded like someone ripped the wallpaper next to my ear. I actually jumped back, but no one else heard it. It was too loud to be imagined.
Keep an open mind while there and stick to the parlor area. That’s where I had my experiences…

Ang says:

October 17, 2007, 8:26 pm

My daughters and I went on the night tour of this house in December of last year, and while we were upstairs in front of the last bedroom near the window that looks over the back yard, we all felt like someone was watching us, and when we started to walk away, my daughter felt as if she was pushed. My other daughter was taking pictures of us and the first picture she took without a flash and it looked like a light was hanging from the ceiling, but in the picture with the flash, there was nothing hanging. When I looked at the picture on the computer with some enhancing, it looks like a very angry screaming face of a man. Creepy!

Ceci C. says:

October 29, 2007, 2:03 pm

I visited the Whaley House late Spring this year. My husband and I found out about it while touring Old San Diego. I was a bit reluctant to go in, but since there were alot of tourist present I felt a little more comfortable going in. The house is quite interesting as well as the history. Both my husband and I took alot of pictures but we didn’t capture any ghostly images. I will admit though, there is a strong presence in the house, particularly in the entrance of the dining area–the entrance right off what was once a store and where there are some displays. It just felt like someone was right there behind you just looking down at you. Pretty creepy, all my respects to any spirits. I hope to visit the house again. I did capture an image at one of the Missions at San Fernando Rey de Espania, although I have never heard of any storys of the mission being haunted.

Anna T. says:

November 10, 2007, 1:53 am

I live in San Diego and my son and I went to the Whaley House. At the time my son was only 3 years old and just like everyone else I wanted to see for my self if I could see or feel anything there. Well we walk around were the court house was and my son was running around and touching things and then we made our way up the stairs to all the bedrooms as soon as we got up there my son stayed by my side did not run off like he did down stairs. Then we made our way back down the stairs and I started to talk to the lady that worked there she told me that I should keep an eye on son beauses little kids can see things that we can’t see well anyways we were getting ready to leave but my son started to cry saying he didn’t want to go past the stairs and I looked but didn’t see anything there but I think he saw something or someone there so we had to go past the stairs to get out and as soon as we were out he was fine stoped crying and wanted to get down from my arms and I remember what the lady had said to me early. I haven’t been back there in 4 years so I really don’t know what he saw that day.

Star says:

November 18, 2007, 12:24 am

I’ve been to the Whaley House twice in the day time, amd I took some photos, but nothing happened or appeared in the photos.

I plan to go back again when I visit San Diego.

Dennis Vee says:

November 21, 2007, 10:27 pm

It was November, 1966 when I went there with a friend. We were stationed at the San Diego Naval base.

The story that was told to us, consisted of the Whaley family living there. There was a hanging on their property, but not sure where. The man that was hung protested his innocence until his last breath.

Don’t recall why he was hung. It was said that his spirit continued to haunt the house by way of a cold breeze blowing through the parlor.

Back then, the door to the basement was locked, and no one was ever allowed to go down there. I tried to get permission to stay overnight by myself, but they wouldn’t allow it. The property was run by the city at the time.

There also was another story circulating back then. It was told to me that a San Diego newspaper reporter and two other people, can’t recall who they were, received permission to stay overnight back in the early 1950’s. To make a long story short, all three were locked in the night before by city workers.

The following day, when the workers came to let them out, they found the newspaper reporter crouched in the corner of the room, on the floor, in the parlor. His hair was pure white, a dark color the day before. His face had a look of terror, and he was finally helped up and taken away. They say he never spoke again and continued to stay in a trance like state for the rest of his life.

The other two people, one of which was a female, exited the house, never again to talk about whatever occured in the house.

It was supposedly reported in the local newspaper about what I just described. That was the reason why no one ever again would be granted to stay the night, locked in. It could never be explained why these people didn’t just break a window, or a door, or try something to escape.

This has been my personal experience with the Whaley house.

immasexyemogurl!! :) says:

December 22, 2007, 12:17 am

omg.. i like wanna see pics of this place so email me sum..

immasexyemogurl!! :) says:

December 22, 2007, 12:18 am

haha THnx :) 😛 😀 😉

sashabratz says:

December 26, 2007, 9:09 pm

i think thet that is bull ****

scotty says:

December 28, 2007, 1:19 am

if you want the scoop on sandiego hauntings big and small

nicole says:

January 1, 2008, 10:25 pm

I’ve been to the whaley house before…it’s creepy.You should watch out whn you’re on the stairs,because it feels like there’s something gripping your neck,and it gets hard to breathe.Also,when you go into the court room,watch the chandelier(sp?) it moves.And watch for Mr. Whaley,my friend has seen him looking from a the balconey in broad daylight.Also,watch for a bright orange orb that floats from the top of the stairs into the theatre room,and listen closely for heavy footsteps..

avril says:

January 3, 2008, 6:22 pm

omg.iv heard of the whaley house,iv acutally been there in fact,when we had gone theer my brother fekt something like go across his neck like when he was going up the stairs in the whaley house it was so scary when he got up there he had a small mark on his neck about the guy who got hanged in the vourt room scary i know

elisa says:

January 26, 2008, 10:30 pm

well i guess the house is ok but i really didn’t see anything except a fat guy taking pictures of something well thats all i seen i guess the house is ok ;]

Meri says:

March 23, 2008, 12:11 am

ok I visited the Whaley house unfortunatley I had no encounters of any kind. However I do believe the old town area which the Whaley house is located, is haunted. First of all the town is built on an Indian Burial ground. when the town was built there were so many bodies that they made a small cemetary for the local town folks as well . It is located a block away from the whaley house. And as for the rest of the bodies.. They laid cement over them and built roads/streets that are walked on and driven on till this day. Back to the Whaley house. I definetly feel there was something eerie in the the bedroom where there was a sewing machine and the girls dolls.

Tiffany says:

March 24, 2008, 1:15 pm

I’ve been to the Whaley house once… It’s in Old Town. It’s pretty weird. You can sometimes smell the Lady’s Lavendar Perfum. For that, they could have just put some spray in the vents or something. But I do believe there is something going on there because when you go upstairs into the old thearter for the little briefing you can feel presure on your chest and it gets hard to breath. Someone actually had a red mark around their neck. What made it scarey is they believe that before the house was built people were hung on a tree that would have been in the same spot as the stair way. While I was there, a little girl was looking in one of the rooms and than just started screaming and crying and her parents had to take her out of the house. They also said that some celeb stayed the night there once and never wanted to go back… It’s a bit pricey considering how small the house is and the tour is kind of short, but what you feel and experience is definitely worth the money!

Bailey & sierra says:

April 12, 2008, 7:22 pm

we actually went to the whaley house yesterday. it was my third time going and the other two times i didnt see anything, this time when me and my friend were in the court room and we heard the man who got hung in the backyard’s heavy boot footsteps. no one was in the room at the time except for us. later my friends camera went retarded and then later when i was looking in the living room about to leave i closed my eyes and pictured a terrior dog, i also heard it panting and its nails tapping the wood floors, there was nothing there. to my suprise the family had a terrior in the house..

kim says:

April 24, 2008, 1:13 am

My family and I went to the Whaley House last year. I was in the courtroom taking pictures when my camera started making a weird noise. I look down at my camera screen to see what was wrong with it and a small red ball of light appeared on the screen. It started getting bigger and bigger, then it disappeared. I couldn’t take anymore pictures after that. It was as if my camera just frozed up, and it was a brand new camera! As soon as we left the Whaley House, I decided to check my camera and see what was wrong with it, it started working fine after I changed the batteries. It was strange, I had put in new batteries in the camera just before we went on the tour of the house, within minutes of entering the house, the camera battery was drained. Just recently, I found out that if there is a ghost around, it can drain the batteries in order to try to manefest itself. I’ve not had anything wrong with my camera since then. All the pictures I took afterward came out fine, the pictures I took at the Whaley’s House was very blurry. Next time, I’m going to bring my video camera!

Jenn says:

May 8, 2008, 6:46 pm

So I have been to the Whaley House quite a few times me and my friends used to go into the garden at the back of the house at night and one night I had my sister visting and I started to smell this wierd musky floral perfume smell…. We walked down to the old graveyard and I smelt it there as well… A couple days later I went to Church to the historic church down the street from the Whaley house and the smell came again I dont know if something followed me or what but I know this house it truely haunted….

Lara says:

May 17, 2008, 4:37 pm

My family and I visited this house. We are from Florida and while in town decided to visit it after reading about it. I did not believe it was haunted. Still not sure that it is. All I know is that I got the weirdest feeling when I walked through the dining room. I felt like I needed to get out of there right away. I refused to walk back through it again. I too smelled lavender but thought nothing of it, thought maybe it was something on the tour. My kids thought it was cool though!

Charlynda Lamb says:

June 14, 2008, 3:54 am

Thomas Whaley came to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush. He left New York City, the place of his birth, on January 1, 1849, on the Sutton and arrived 204 days later in San Francisco. He set up a store with George Wardle on Montgomery Street where he sold hardware and woodwork from his family’s New York business, Whaley & Pye, and offered mining equipment and utensils on consignment.This young entrepreneur, born on October 5, 1823, came from a Scots-Irish family, which immigrated to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1722. His great-grandfather, Alexander Whaley, a gunsmith, participated in the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War where he provided flintlock muskets for soldiers and the use of his house on Long Island by General George Washington. Thomas’ father, Thomas Whaley, carried on the family gunsmith business, and served in the New York Militia during the War of 1812. He married Rachel Pye, whose father, William, manufactured locks in Brooklyn.

Whaley’s business acumen, acquired in part from his education at the Washington Institute, proved beneficial in San Francisco. He was so successful that he was able to establish his own store on Montgomery Street, erect a two-story residence near the bay, and rent out Wardle’s edifice. After an arson-set fir destroyed his buildings on Montgomery Street in May 1851, he relocated to Old Town San Diego upon the advice of Lewis Franklin, a merchant who operated stores in San Francisco and Old Town. Whaley set up various businesses with Franklin, Ephraim Morse, Francis Hinton, and even his brother, Henry, and amassed enough money to return to New York to marry his sweetheart, Anna Eloise DeLaunay, the daughter of French-born parents, on May 14, 1853.

Upon the couple’s return to San Diego, Whaley entered various business general store partnerships, most of which lasted less than a year. He purchased this property in September 1855, which had been the site of the hanging of the infamous Yankee Jim Robinson in August of 1852. He first built a single-story granary for 300,000 to 400,000 pounds of grain in May 1856, with bricks manufactured in his brickyard on Conde Street. The adjacent two-story $10,000 Greek Revival style brick residence, designed by Whaley, commenced construction in September 1856 and was finished in 1857. The home, acclaimed as the “finest new brick block in Southern California” by the San Diego Herald, contained mahogany and rosewood furniture, damask drapes, and Brussels carpets.

In August 1857, Whaley established his general store in this residence, and solicited cash customers only. As this location proved too far from the center of the small community, he relocated his business in a frame building on the Plaza, which he rented.

By 1858, Thomas and Anna Whaley had produced three children: Francis Hinton (named for a business partner), Thomas (who died at just 18 months), and Anna Amelia. In August 1858, another arson-set fire destroyed Whaley’s business on the Plaza. Despondent over this loss and the death of Thomas earlier that year, the family moved to San Francisco.

In San Francisco, Whaley worked as an U.S. Army Commissary Storekeeper. Three more children, George Hays Ringgold (named for a business partner), Violet Eloise, and Corinne Lillian, were born. In 1867, Thomas Whaley assisted in the American takeover of Alaska, where he established stores at Sitka, helped set up an American base, and served as councilman. Anna and the family, during this time, remained in San Francisco.

After a major earthquake in May 1868, the Whaley couple and their five children returned to the brick house in San Diego, out of which Whaley & Crosthwaite ran a general store. From October 1868 to January 1869, the Tanner Troupe Theatre operated out of the front upstairs bedroom. The San Diego County Courthouse utilized the former granary in August 1869 and rented three upstairs rooms for records storage. After the establishment of New Town San Diego by Alonzo Horton in 1868, the town focus changed to present day downtown San Diego. During a March 1871 raid, courthouse documents were removed from the Whaley House and taken to Horton’s Hall on 6th and F in San Diego. After the County’s exit, Whaley connected the former granary and courtroom to the residence, changed windows and doors, and altered the front portico.

From 1874 to 1879, Thomas Whaley returned to New York, supposedly to settle his father’s estate (his father died in 1832), and then journeyed to San Francisco seeking employment, which eluded him. During this time the Whaley family in San Diego lived in dire straits and was dependent upon Francis Whaley for support.

On January 5, 1882, Violet Whaley and Anna Amelia Whaley married in Old San Diego, probably in this house. Anna married her first cousin, John T. Whaley, and Violet wed George T. Bertolacci, which proved unbearable. After a divorce, which caused Violet tremendous humiliation in 1884 and a period of great depression monitored by the local physician, she committed suicide at the home by shooting herself through the heart on August 18, 1885.

After this tragic event, Thomas Whaley built a single-story frame home for his family at 933 State Street in downtown San Diego. Attempting to capitalize on the boom in that area, he maintained a real estate office at 5th and G in the First National Bank Building, with various partners. After retirement from business in 1888 due to ill health, he died at the State Street address on December 14, 1890.

The Whaley House on San Diego Avenue remained vacant and fell into disrepair until late 1909 when Francis Whaley returned to the old brick and undertook the restoration of the building which greatly improved its appearance. Rehabilitated at the same time as the Estudillo House on the Plaza (which became publicized as Ramonaâs Marriage Place), and the establishment of the San Diego Electric Railway down San Diego Avenue, Francis utilized the family home as a residence and a tourist attraction where he posted signs outside promoting its historicity and entertained visitors with his guitar.

Anna, Thomas’ widow, Lillian (Corinne), then assistant at the Public Library, Francis, and George, a musician, all lived in the old dwelling in 1912. On February 24, 1913, Anna died in the house. Francis passed away in the home on November 19, 1914. Lillian continued residency in the structure until her death in 1953. Because she had spent the better part of the first half of the twentieth century in the house alone, it had fallen once again into a terrible state of disrepair.

Melissa says:

June 23, 2008, 2:15 pm

I visited this house a few years ago on a vacation with friends. Originally I am from the Tracy, CA area so I have been to the Banta Inn on many occassions. The Banta Inn was freaky, but going to the Whaley house scared the crud out of me. There was a point when we had walked into a room when I suddenly got very cold. It freaked me out so bad that I hurried on to my friends and tried not to observe anything at all after that. I believe myself to be a rational person, but the feeling I had at the Whaley house completley scared me. Its a great place to go see.

dana says:

June 26, 2008, 3:38 pm

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ashley says:

July 7, 2008, 10:42 pm

dudee, this is soooo scary!
like i am really into all the historic sary stuff, && i am only 13! but woah! thats crasy scary! :)
but aha,
there was this guy who posted this thingy in like 2006 and was like im buried benath the bottom of the whaley house…from 1886 n if you read this your gunna die! aha well seriously man wow! who does that? && im sorry they made laptops back in 1886! aha!
anyways yeah that house sounds sooooo scary!
i wanna go 😀

Wicked Little Things says:

July 8, 2008, 9:12 pm

It’s sites like these (filled with so much misinformation and unresearched “facts”) that give paranormal investigation a bad reputation. I did, however, find it rather amusing that the copyright notice at the bottom of this page says “The Dumb Network.” What an appropriate name!

Kyo says:

July 9, 2008, 5:01 pm

My name is Kyo and I have lived in San Diego all my life, but have never been to Whaley House until a few days ago. My cousin came to visit me from Palm Springs. She wanted to check out Whaley House so I said ok sure. When we got there it was closed for the day. As i stood on the porch I started to feel dizzy then I slowly walked alone the porch and when I reached the window on the left side of the door I noticed a man looking out at me, I stood there looking at the man he looked sad like he didn’t want to be there. Then my cousin called out to me so I turned to leave when I stepped off the porch, the feeling of dizzyness left me when i turned to look back at the man he was gone.

Laura says:

July 11, 2008, 7:09 pm

I went on a tour and it was a very interesting old house with a lot of history. I did not see or feel anything out of the ordinary but I did smell what seemed to be cigar smoke or a pipe in one of the rooms. This can easily be explained because several of the windows were open and there’s a shop that sells tobacco products down the street. A person could have been smoking a cigar walking down the street with the smell wafting into the room with the help of a light breeze.

millie says:

July 12, 2008, 2:40 pm

I believe the Whaley house in haunted

Miley says:

July 23, 2008, 11:17 pm

I am gonna go see it in 1 month! I am so excited but kinda freaked out. I LOVE haunted things. I was staying at this campsit place at the beach and i went up froent to look a brochures and i saw HAUNTED THINGS IN SANDIEGO! I took it home and looked at it and we decied that we will go next time we go to the beach! I hope it is good and i hope i will see ghosts! OHHH I AM SCARED!

Miley (Not miley cyrus!:))

Angel says:

July 30, 2008, 2:30 pm

ive been down to this house a couple times its ina really weird lit area. Well it was like 1 AM or something and we went around the back and it appeared like someone was dangling around the stairs.

Through the front window you could see a blue glow of a shadow of a person like a small boy. there are odors outside. this place definately has something to it.

Brooke says:

November 5, 2008, 12:39 pm

I have been to the Whaley house 3 times. But only once have I ever had a supernatural experience. I was standing in the doorway to the parlor and something was pushing me out of the house. Also My sister has seen the little dog in one of the children’s bedrooms.

alicia says:

January 11, 2009, 5:06 pm

the children did not die of that stuff such as axes drop on their heads and the closet door thing they died of cutting their heads on a sharp clothes line and falling in a ditch and hitting their neck on a sharp stick

Amanda says:

January 29, 2009, 12:48 pm

I went on the house and cemetery tour the night of October 31, 1999. I died there that night. I look forward to your joining me.

jesse says:

February 13, 2009, 2:16 pm

this house scares the **** out of me i am never going to that house ever again, the first time i went there i passed out, thats all i have to say!

ashley c says:

March 15, 2009, 4:19 pm

ive been to this house at night with my family my dad and brother and uncle walked thru the backyard by this cherrytree that they said you sometimes see mrs whaley standing by iwas crying that night scared out of my mind because my mom couldnt see it but when ever i looked up at the first window of the whaley house i could a sworn that i saw a lady /teenager may hav been one of the whaleys;; and her face was cutt up she juss stood there staring at me wen i whispered to my mom to look her head would turn around and suddenly shed dissapear that night ther were black cats everywhere for someapparent reason they wer all stray juss sitting at one place staring at u then just runn away like theyve been discovered that someone was looking back at them… you should deffinetly visit this house, i was 13 years old wen i visited i am 15 now i still cant get that girls face out of my head like she wanted something from me.. it was so scary..

Tori Wilson says:

April 20, 2009, 5:06 pm

i have been to the whaley house in flint michigian and the rocking chair that Ms. Whaley sat in started to rock back in forth as if she was there with me that day.

iammrsjoejonasohhlala says:

June 10, 2009, 10:27 pm

i belive it too!!! sometimes its on tv have u ever wact real but true yeah so! i blive in it! yah and in a hanted hose the rocking chair moves! and about the ax!

t+ joe = mrs joe jonas says:

June 10, 2009, 10:36 pm

i now its real too! about the ax the rocking chair ps my teacher in ases means affter school ! she said her n her bff said lets cut school andthey went to the milletare once they were sitting on the binch but the other side it looked like a manhe just smiled at her they said it looked like a vampire to her! so keep ureye on them they mite be out there!!!!!

roflcopter boy says:

June 22, 2009, 3:06 pm

i took the tour of the house and i felt an axe go through my head.when i felt my head,there was an axe in it!
1 moment later,i felt a toe nail clipping land in my mouth.when i looked around,i found my little brother throwing toenail clipings at i said to him,”**** you *****!throw your toenail clippings at some other mutha fucka!”

he started to cry…

so i got the axe and threw it at the wall!I’m soo bad…

emilio atanacio says:

July 4, 2009, 12:08 pm

i was on my computare playing with my cousin then i herd hellow!and my windows wher closed and it was a girl voice and i did not touch the smily face

Bobi says:

July 25, 2009, 2:51 am

I visited the house on July 23, 2009 during the afternoon. I consider myself psychic and have had psychic experiences. I did not feel any unusual negative energy during my visit.It’s just another old house. The problem with the house is that they have glass walls to keep visitors out of the rooms. It’s really bad feng shui to bottle energy up like that, no wonder this house is not getting good vibes. But, I have to say, I didn’t feel any strong spiritual presence, probably because it was during the day and maybe too many tourist. The admission is way too much as it only takes you about 15 minutes to go through it. Another money grab is my opinion.

Ashley Bo Bashly says:

October 1, 2009, 3:06 am

This House IS hanted,
not only do I live behind a copple of houses down,
I have in fact worked there. Everytime I go I always take my camera with me.
If you go I sugest to take a camera with you and have the flash off.
I have so many pictures of apperetions I am now I full time belever.

From when I worked there 2002-2004 I have never heard about a someone getting an ax throught there head.
The father smoked tobacco, the second room (the piano room) there indead there was a hanging, in fact a suicide!
But sadly I haven’t gotten anything on film there.
If u ever go there and you want to see a ghost try the master bedroom and put your attention mostly to the window and bed, and the 2nd Childrens bedroom (closest to the theature, the room with the rocking chair and dolls) pay your focus to the doll on the rocking chair.
When your walking up the stairs if you can, stop and stand on the 8/9 step and just pause. (if you dare)

When the daughter was only 7 years old her friend came over to play, while playing tag the daughter went inside to help the mother, her friend runing in after her trips and falls on a clothing line, trying to take it off the line tightness deeper into her neck, the mother (who was Makeing pie at the time) runs grabs her and puts her in the daughters room. But the rope was to tight and she passed away at 6 years old 2 hours latter.

$9.00 for admition, and it’s a self tour, you can spend as much time in there as you want.
Plus right down the street is a graveyard.
Only part of the real thing is still there. Exsactly 3 Houses down left and right and across the street WERE built on graves, walking 5mins down from the house start looking down at the sidewalk. You should notice a little sign in each patch “respecting” the dead. And if you can park in frount of the cemetary I hope you don’t mind your car alarm going off.
Which you shouldn’t.
Your parked on graves anyways.

The house is in Old Town San Diego

If you are looking for some this is the perfect place to go,
that is if,
you can take it…

Mauricio says:

October 11, 2009, 12:02 am

Where is this place? Address?

Ayana says:

October 16, 2009, 3:03 pm

Honestly, I do believe the house is haunted. I was on a field trip in 4th grade and we kept hearing giggling in the rose garden. It was very obvious that nobody was there. A few month later, my mom, my brother, and I went on the tour of the house. I heard that only people that believe can see them. Them being the Whaleys’ and other ghosts. I honestly do believe in ghosts. I didn’t believe much before I went, but after I did very much. Nothing bad happened, but I saw a little boy sitting in one of the rooms, and going up the stairs I smelled the scent of cigars. The cigars didn’t freak me out but the child did. I felt a chill go down my back and the little boy smiled. Seriously, it was creepy.. I do believe in ghosts and enjoy watching ghost hunter shows. Also, I enjoy hearing thoughts and story’s so if you can and have the time, email me.

Ayana says:

October 16, 2009, 3:08 pm

By the way, the Whaley House is in Old Town, San Diego. I don’t remember well, but I’m pretty sure it’s a red house. By a cemetary. (I know there’s a cemetary there, I’m just not sure if it’s by the Whaley House.)

SunnySDGirl says:

October 29, 2009, 3:28 pm

I have been to this house probably a dozen times being a native San Diegan. I love it. Every time I have “sensed” something different…sometimes seeing something out of the corner of my eye, a brush against my arm, a draft on my legs walking down the stairs, something. One time, probably my 5th time there, I was all of a sudden overtaken by a strange emotion and ran out of the house crying hysterically…very unlike myself. I still to this day have no idea why.

nick says:

November 15, 2009, 2:03 pm

omg iwentthere and i was stnding on a bedand then i herd muzik :0

maria says:

February 22, 2010, 8:13 pm

ok well i went to The Whaley house when i was about 6 im 12 now but i went with my mom & dad(: um well this house is definitly haunted nothing to be scared of tho they wont hurt u they wouldnt let u in if they beleved the ghost would hurt u ha anyways we went into the theater room and i was only 6 so my parents didnt want to scare me but they took a picture by the wall right above the light and when we came back we developed the pictures and this is a real as it gets.. there was 2 faces u could makeout in the pic! i was like wtf?! but yea its proof..(:

ginny says:

March 30, 2010, 11:02 pm

I was at the whaley house in 2005 once, we were upstairs near one of the rooms that had the glass paneling. I was just standing around talking to my dad. All of the sudden a bird shot up the stairs, somehow got through the glass paneling (without shattering the glass.) Just dropped dead and something must have dragged it under the bed. A week later I came back and saw a dead bird hanging from a nail on a tree. It had the word whaley on its side. I was freaked out!

hetty says:

August 22, 2010, 6:58 pm

ok LOL first of all to the person who says mrs. whaley was ONLY 4’2 thats so STUPID she was NOT 4’2 would have made her a dwarf aka little person which she CLEARLY was not i am sure she was 5’2 or a lttle taller but not overly tall or short. secondly this house IS REGISTERED on the national list of REAL haunted houses in the united states.

Mike says:

August 30, 2010, 9:23 am

I visited on a late evening with my wife around July 2008 and we walked around inside and outside the house after having been on a “haunted tour” of San Diego. We had a HD video camera, DVR and Digital camera. We didn’t have any experiences. We tried looking for EVPs and evidence in the video/pictures but, other than some orbs that were most likely dust, we found nothing. We even tried at El Campo Santo Cemetery down the street to no avail. It is possible that there were too many people out and about, and if we DID have any evidence it was just too contaminated.

Leave it to beaver says says:

September 26, 2010, 5:05 pm

i belive this house is haunted,some people dont but thats alright becuase some people belive in things that shouldent be belived in.RUMMSPRINGGGGGGAAAAAA

Tiffalkin says:

September 27, 2010, 11:45 pm

As a San Diegan, I can agree that the Whaley house is definitely a spooky place. You should hear some of the more detailed ghost stories; I’ll see if I can edit them on. For instance, the one I actually experienced- on the sixth step of the staircase, you can smell a woman’s perfume. On the seventh, you can feel a noose tightening around your neck.

Salem 1 says:

October 22, 2010, 2:06 pm

Last year my family and I went to the Whaley house and took the tour of the house at first I just thought this nice old house was of historic value to California history. Walking through the house we entered the court room then found our way upstairs looking at all the old items in the house I thought our visit was just going to be another unenventful afternoon. That was until we were nearly over the tour and we walked downstairs and was looking into the living room, all of a sudden we all felt the same feeling but in different ways, I felt sick to my stomach I felt like I was going to be sick and vomit, my wife felt sick but mostly depressed like she was sad and it hit us all of a sudden. I had this overwelming urge to leave the house. After we left the house we just wanted to get away we fel drained and decided to go eat or just sit down. We were all shocked at how much it hit us. It seemed like what ever came over us left just as soon as we left the Whaley house.
I am not saying that there are ghosts or what ever just telling what we experianced.

Tammy A. says:

October 24, 2010, 6:39 pm

Halloween 2008 my son and I heard a baby cry upstairs in the theater. outside in the rose garden at the edge of the brick and dirt. my son felt a soft whisk across his face and got chills. its said that one of the women that lived in the house liked children, and will touch them in this garden. its said it feels like walking into spider webs. We did not know this until AFTER the experience.

Cricket says:

March 2, 2011, 8:44 pm

A couple years ago me and my class went on a field trip to the Whaley House. My mother had chaperoned, and decieded we should go back by ourselves sometime, so we did.While walking through the house, i took pictures of all the rooms twice. When i looked through the photos again at home, things in the pictures had been moved, changed or shifed. But the wierdest thig, some of the rooms were covered by glass so as not to gain acces!

Cricket says:

March 2, 2011, 8:47 pm

My mom also thought that it was terrible the stories that our tour guide told us kids while on the class field trip.

Barbara says:

April 5, 2011, 3:38 pm

I visited the Whaley House March 3 and 5 of 2011 When in san Diego for my nephews graduation at MCRD. There were strange things in the house. But the weirdest thing was in the house where you purchase the tickets next door. My sisters and I were looking in some books with ghost photography when someone walked up next to me. i thought i was blocking them from the merchandise so I said excuse me and moved over but there was no one there. Great tour I really enjoyed it. i got a huge orb on the shade in the court room an big orb on the curtain in the theatre and my sister witnessed one of the rops start to swing and stop and start again. I love San Diego can’t wait to go back.

JoeDee says:

June 5, 2011, 2:16 pm

I really need to know how to get here! My friend and i want to go…can anyone help me?? :) thank you thank you

Gary Coleman says:

June 14, 2011, 7:44 pm

When I went to the house, I was so scared that I shat on myself. Please excuse the spot on the porch.

NativeCalifornian says:

October 16, 2011, 11:06 am

Get the story straight! I have lived in Southern California all my life and have been to the whaley house numerous times. Is it haunted? yes! Did all the children die mysterious deaths? No! One child died from an illness and the oldest daughter shot herself in the outhouse behind the house when her lover left her, they brought her into the parlor where she later died. I took the night tour and I have some crazy pictures of white mists and one room had about fifty orbs in it. Not scary, just interesting.

Kitty says:

October 24, 2011, 4:30 am

I went to this house with my boyfriend. What a waste of money. Nothing happened at this house. Just a dusty old house that was all encased in plexy glass… you couldn’t get near anything just walk through it. The little dots they tell you about that are supposed from ghosts it is from dust. I proved it when my boyfriend and I went on a wine cellar tour that was underground and dusty. So when my camera took a picture a bunch of dots reflected off of the dust. Save your money.

David G. ( it's German) says:

November 27, 2011, 12:26 pm

I had a very distinct experience with the “Whaeley” house. Listen to my details and it will show this was not just a random occurance. In my 46 years of life I have only had extreme unexplained pressure put on my chest, neck and head only twice. The first time while visiting the “Whaeley” hous in 1995. Once I exited everything was normal again. Second time I visted the ” Whaeley” house again only to be attacked more stronger and this time I was with my wife and she was attacked too. So oviously something is going on. She felt pressure and tasted blood in her throat.

Amy says:

December 1, 2011, 8:28 pm

I’m a San Diego native, and when I visited the Whaley House a few years back, I actually didn’t see anything strange or hear anything, probably because it was full of tourists, so the ghosts didn’t want to come out…? Either that, or I’m pretty immune to paranormal things, seeing as I have a bit of a phobia with ghosts and such. Although, now that I think about that visit, I do recall catching a faint smell of someone smoking. I thought it was from one of the other tourists smoking, but I learned that Mr. Whaley used to smoke cigars…

Coraa says:

February 19, 2012, 5:01 pm

i’ve been to this house on a school field trip at old town and my friends were telling me stories and one of my friends told me that if you stand on the stairs you can’t breath because thats were one of the family members hung theirself but i want through the house as a tour and nothing strange happened.

Tracy says:

October 22, 2012, 12:24 am

My son and I took the night tour. Although I didn’t see or feel anything while in the house I have many pictures full of orbes. I took a picture and then within 5 seconds took another picture of the same windows standing exactly as I was in the first one. One picture is as clear as day….the other has several large orbes.. picked up orbes in several areas of the tour and outside. Will do it again.

Russ Mann says:

October 22, 2012, 1:40 pm

I toured the Whaley House alone two different times during a one-day stay in San Diego. I remained alone in the theatre upstairs, where I sat patiently, waiting and hoping for something to happen. However, the darn ghosts made themselves invisible to me. I had also hoped to capture something on my digital camera, but there was nothing. I left disappointed.

Diane says:

December 18, 2013, 4:20 pm

Amy, you never laid down any where in that house and especially not in any bedroom. All entrances to bedrooms, parlor, etc are blocked off with glass (or plexiglass) to keep people out of the rooms for preservation and to prevent people from stealing whatever they can fit in pockets or purses or backpacks. Been that way for years. With that saidâ?¦your story is full of ****. Furthermore, nobody ever spends the night in that house aside from Regis Philbin and a camera man over 50 years ago and they fled the house before the night was even over. I heard him say that right out of his own mouth on. t.v. within the last 10 years.

SD Native says:

January 20, 2014, 9:01 pm

I have lived in San Diego my entire life and have visited old town and the Whaley house numerous times over the years for school field trips and family outings. When I was in elementary school on my first trip there I was one of two kids who could see, smell, or feel things around us, and over the years in many other trips these these things have become more intense and clearer. I have smelled tobacco smoke near the parlor, lavender perfume out in the garden, and chocolate chip cookies near the kitchen. And…the docents/volunteer guides are not or never have been pumping in scents to these areas to make you think you are experiencing something. It is residual scents from events that have happened in the past history of that house and the people who occupied it. I have felt cold pockets of air when it was a hot and humid summer day and there was no a/c running to explain it, have had the hair on my arms and back of my neck stand on end for no reason, felt like I was being watched when I was the only one in a room, and felt things bumping up against my legs or arms like they are brushing past me and there was no one there to explain it. I have seen orbs that were not dust particles, shadows that move and have no explanation of where they came from or vanished into a wall, white floating haze that would rest over a chair or a bed, reflections out of the corner of my eye in pictures and in the plexiglass fronts that protect the rooms upstairs that look like an old west man (like a gunslinger) or woman in the long Victorian dresses with small children hanging off their skirts and as fast as I do a double take to see them clearer they are gone, the rocking chair moving slightly like someone had just gotten up out of it, the child’s baby doll carriage upstairs moving forward, curtains moving in rooms with no open windows or ventilation, and lights go on and off for no reason. I have also heard a baby’s cry upstairs, footsteps on the stairs at the base of the staircase where the gallos were and the only hanging took place before the house was built, a dog barking and whimpering, running water and splashing near the old water pump and well that does not work anymore, and children’s laughing near the rose garden.
I am a believer in ghosts and the imprinting they leave behind like a record being played over and over again repeating itself and it can’t stop. And I believe that if you have any amount of psychic ability or are just open and willing to believe….the spirits will show themselves to you and give you a glimpse into their time there at the house. My digital camera has picked up these things as well a few times, but every time I am in the courtroom and I try to take a picture the LCD screen goes green and then blank and shuts the camera off resulting in no image….and it’s always with a different camera or a brand new one that should have no reason to fail period!. It’s almost like I am being stopped by a residual electrical interference from the spirits letting me know they are there.
I am not afraid of them because residual spirits can not harm us and they are only there to let us know the past and tell a story. So the Whaley house is definatley a place to go and try to experience this for yourself….but be open to the thought of experiencing things and don’t go in with a closed mind or skepticism trying to look too hard. Spirits will manifest themselves in their own ways and will play games with you and let you into their past history replayed over and over again, but if you go in a non believer and not wanting to see spiritually then they will not show themselves and you will be one of the reviewers on here calling it a hoax and money trap for tourists.

Angela Ross says:

August 7, 2015, 8:00 pm

I visited the house a few years back. I am very sensitive and could feel strong energy just from getting close to the windows. I did not do the tour but one of the tour guides let me stand in the foyer of the house. I became very dizzy and light headed. I left to go across the street to eat at on of the Mexican restraunts. As I was sitting at the table to order my food I became very nauseated and dizzy. Long story short I became ill and had to leave and was violently barfing in my car on the way home. I strongly believe it was the house. I felt normal all day until I went into the foyer. After I threw up I felt normal again. Very weird.

Terry L Yarnell says:

June 14, 2016, 2:22 pm

In 2014 my wife and I toured the Whealy House. I was looking around the small general store area of the house when I felt my wife standing behind me looking over my shoulder. I turned to make a comment to her about the room, and there was nobody there. I felt the presence of a woman. I quickly left the room to find my wife looking around the kitchen area. It was such a frightening and real experience

Michael says:

January 16, 2017, 8:42 pm

I have been to the house twice and felt as I was being watched the first time and both times I got picitures of ghost I loved the house

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