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Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Whaley House

If you are ever in San Diego, California, you can find The Whaley House in the historical Old Town section of the city. The U.S. Department of Commerce designated this place an official haunted location.

The Whaley House was built in the 1850's by Thomas Whaley for his family. It is known that the land the home is on is where San Diego's public gallows were held and that this same ground may hold the graves of the deceased from a nearby Catholic Church cemetery.

Soon after the Whaley family moved in, they began hearing sounds of heavy footsteps throughout the house. Whaley believed the footsteps belonged to "Yankee Jim Robinson", who was hung in the gallows years earlier for attempted grand larceny.

In 1960, the home was made into a museum. Visitors from all over have come to the home and many have witnessed the ongoing paranormal activities that occur there. One such visitor was Regis Philbin. He believes he and his friend encountered the ghost of Mrs. Whaley when attempting to stay overnight there. It was late at night when they saw her apparition move from the study into the music room, but when they turned a flashlight on it, it disappeared.

Aside from the many apparitions seen there, objects have been sighted moving by themselves, piano music has been heard playing and people have reported encountering smells of perfume and cigar smoke.

If you are interested in visiting haunted locations, The Whaley House is a must see.

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