The Whaley House is one of a select few authenticated by the United States Department of Commerce as being haunted. Thomas ... More
Whaley House (The)
The Whaley House is one of a select few authenticated by the United States Department of Commerce as being haunted. Thomas Whaley, a New York entrepreneur who came to California during the Gold Rush, built the two-story brick home in 1856 in order to provide East-coast civility for his wife. Used as the county courthouse and government seat during the 1870s, artifacts and period furnishings remain intact. Apparently, so has the ghost. See website for more on the history of Whaley and his house, as well as group tour info, and special event announcements.
I took my 10-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son through here on a Saturday night. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not spooky or scary though our tour guide would shout unexpectedly at times to get people to jump. He was very personable and seemed well informed. We enjoyed the history around the house and all of the furniture in the house was authentic to the time period, but not original to the house. A few pictures of the Whaley family were hanging up though. When I took 2 pictures of the theater area my "face finder" on my digital camera appeared and focused on 2 different areas, 1 above a chair and the other about standing height, which I found a little spooky, but otherwise we did not see anything to indicate ghosts. Nothing showed up on my pictures either, but this is now a story I can tell people, which is about the spookiest thing to ever happen to me! Overall, a nice tour. If you have younger kids though you can go during the day when the tours are self-guided so you don't have to worry about your young ones getting antsy. My 3-year-old did fine for the tour but my husband didn't take the tour because he stayed with our 1-year-old knowing it would be impossible to keep him quiet for the whole tour (which lasted about 30 minutes or so).
This is a fascinating house: it's got a store, a courtroom, a theatre, and ghosts. Very interesting look at a historic home. Definitely worth a visit. Some photos I took showed up with orbs. I also saw a fine mist coming up from the living room floor. I don't know if these were just special effects or if I should re-evaluate my skeptical nature.
The history of the house is interesting and its location in Old Town makes it a must-see when you're checking out the historic district.
We visited the Whaley House this summer. People, dont waste your money! I had my 4 kids with me and couldnt wait to leave. The tour guide was horrible and seemed everything she was saying was all just read over and over. I bet she repeats it all throughout the day even when she is home. My neighbors house is more haunted than that! Bottom line,Rip Off.
I wasnt expecting to see any ghosts or to get scared but the story is just plain boring. How can i get a refund?
well actually i went there last year ,but i can still remember the thrilling experirience.first i thought i could just be a made up story, until i got there. when this guy told us obout the rooms and noises people heard, i didnt hear any thing!but then they showed us the girls room and i got ral freaked out even though we couldnt go inside , although its kinda obviouse why we couldnt.any way it was an awsome expirience and if you pan to go , i really recomend you go!
I enjoyed touring the Whaley House and learning about its spooky history. The docents were very friendly and informed and the grounds/house very well kept.
The house was smaller than I thought and I was somewhat disappointed I couldn't actually walk into some of the rooms, although I understand the barriers were there to protect the authentic items from being damaged.
I was also disappointed with how many people were allowed to wander through the house at one time. Maybe it was just the group I was in, but it was very loud with people talking and stomping on the wooden floors.
However, the house is worth an inspection and the ghost stories entertaining. Be sure to visit it on Halloween. It gets even spookier.