|Other Name/s||Whaley House Museum|
|Address||2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA|
|Location||United States, California|
History of Whaley House
Yankee JimA few years before he bought the land, Whaley had witnessed the death of a convicted criminal called James Robinson (also known as “Yankee Jim”) on the site. Yankee Jim had been sentenced to death for the crime of grand larceny, and had been hanged from the back of a gallows that was attached to a wagon. The grisly event did not deter Whaley from building his house on the same spot. However, soon after the Whaley family moved in, they began to hear footsteps and eerie noises in different parts of the house. Thomas Whaley believed these mysterious noises were made by Yankee Jim, and random footprints were also attributed to the executed criminal. Lillian Whaley believed that Yankee Jim’s spirit was still there many decades later.
Sightings of Long-dead OccupantsIt appears that some members of the Whaley family do not want to leave the house… When the museum opened, visitors began to report seeing Thomas and/or Anna Whaley. One visitor, a little girl, was found waving to someone in the parlor. When asked, she said she was waving to a man. The adults in the room could not see the man she described… Anna is often to be seen downstairs or in the garden. In the 1960s, Regis Philbin, the TV personality, states that he saw Anna in the form of an apparition. The Whaleys had a terrier, and some people have said they have seen a small terrier-like dog running through the hall and into the dining room. The sound of a baby giggling or crying has been repeatedly reported by visitors who have sworn they were alone. People have also said they can smell Anna’s signature French perfume in the air, and have seen lights going on and off all by themselves. The crystals in the music room’s lamp have been seen to move of their own accord. Workers have spotted appearing and disappearing shadows which they can’t explain, have seen figures at the upstairs windows when the house has been closed up at the end of the day, and have attested to seeing curtains moving in rooms even though the rooms have been sealed closed.
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