Friday, October 14, 2011

Spooky Trip: San Diego's Whaley House

Whaley House, long ago.

Whaley House, not so long ago.

The Whaley House, a rather unassuming brick structure located in charming Old Town San Diego, has a reputation that belies its unremarkable facade: It is commonly known as "the most haunted house in America." Now I'm not sure how, exactly, one can quantify the "haunted-ness" of a locale, but in any case, I had been eager to check it out for years. When I heard that the Whaley House was offering free admission for Museum Day, I knew it was my chance to offset the cost of the 4-hour round trip car ride down to San Diego and back, and Mr. Spooky and I seized the opportunity.

No, we didn't see or hear any ghosts - surely there were too many tourists (and too much daylight) for that. But you know that feeling you get in some older buildings or other places that are said to be haunted - that feeling like the air itself is oppressive, like you're slightly seasick even though you're standing on level ground, that sense that history is closing in around you? That uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach? Yeah, parts of the Whaley House definitely had that - something that I also felt the first time I set foot on the decks of the Queen Mary.

After exploring the house itself, we walked around Old Town San Diego, ate the most amazing fish tacos and sweet, chewy churros I'd ever had in my life, and finished off by taking a stroll by the eerily lovely Victorian homes in nearby Heritage Park. If you're in southern California and you're looking for a fun and affordable spooky day trip, a jaunt to the Whaley House is highly recommended.


Kamyria Magdalena Mourn said...

Wow.. it looks like an awesome place to visit! Looking at the pictures I got a feeling like past occupants stared at visitors through the eyes of these dolls.. Especially the one sitting on the bed.

Izumihiiiflower said...

merchiiiiiiii!! oh que de belles photos <3 rien a vor mais, tu connais le site abandoned places???

Di£ll@ said...

Merci pour ton commentaire ! de très jolies photos !!! bisous

Elisa and Emilie said...

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Craig Taylor said...

the building is still based on the past but the material used are changed. From wood i think it was changed to metal and fiber glass.

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