The Ghosts of Haunted Old Town, San Diego say “Boo!” (On Video!)

[iframe width=”500″ height=”284″ youtube src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]

“Mr. Whaley, are you here?” I recently asked an empty courtroom at the Whaley House Museum in Old Town Heritage State Park, San Diego. The answer? It didn’t come from the other room, but a swinging silver pendulum I held lightly between my fingers. Vertical swing. Yes. The ghost of Thomas Whaley, one of the most prominent figures of early San Diego life, was there.

And so began my 2 week exploration into the wild realm of paranormal investigation. I have to admit, I went expecting to tell of nothing more than the fascinating – and gruesome – history of Old Town. Like how the young, beautiful and heartsick Violet Whaley shot herself in online casino dgfev the heart with her father”s 32-calibre Smith & Wesson pistol and bled to death in the house. Yikes!

But the more I investigated, whether with San Diego Ghost Hunter gadgetry or  Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel ghost stories and churros (Best. EVER), the more the paranormal found me. Alas, I had to leave the most alarming encounter out of the video. When startled, I have the mouth of a sailor.

During October, the Whaley House offers a wide range of tours and events culminating in the coolest Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Diego on November 1-2. As for the Cosmopolitan, I recommend a vintage cocktail and storytime at the bar once bought by Wyatt Earp!

Special thanks to Victor Santana and the Whaley House team, Miguel Pulido at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant and Maritza and Matt with the San Diego Ghost Hunters for their time. And to Lauren Ross – for her mad video skillz.

This entry was posted in Attractions, Hotels & Places to Stay, Insider Tips, San Diego Events, Tours & Sightseeing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , by Maren. Bookmark the permalink.

About Maren

San Diego raised and New York City educated, I trained as a classical singer before switching to tourism marketing. Now I love telling the world about San Diego's diverse offerings, from live music to live uni. As a friend recently told me, "tough job."

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

For me, a perfect day always involves something I haven't done before. And even though I grew up  in San Diego, there is SO much to do I can usually find a way to make any day ideal. Next on the list is paragliding at Torrey Pines. I also need to meet more people with boats. Anyone?

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

I am a sucker for street fairs, county fairs, music festivals and block parties. The weather is always nice, the food is always sinful and the people are always interesting. I've been to the San Diego County Fair 3 times already!!!

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Tacos. Why does this question not include tacos? Fish tacos, carne asada, carnitas, shrimp, lobster, chorizo, vegetarian- I don't care. Put it in a corn tortilla and give it to me. Or any creation by the fabulous Jason Knibb over at 9-10 Restaurant in La Jolla.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Confession: I don't buy! I Pandora. I love everything from Tuvan throat singing to Lady Gaga. But seriously, Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Listen to it. Then we can talk.

6 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Haunted Old Town, San Diego say “Boo!” (On Video!)

  1. Pingback: Ghost Hunting in San Diego's Coronado and Old Town!

  2. Pingback: “Boo!” Tours: Take a Ghost Tour of San Diego’s most Haunted Haunts | San Diego Travel Blog

  3. Tom! Come visit! Does the Central Coast have nearly as many ghost stories for you this October? And stay tuned- Old Town isn’t the only haunted place in San Diego. I’m going to tell you all about other city haunts in posts to come. Our new nickname is “Ghost Town, USA.” (Not really, but you see what I did there?)

  4. Hey Tyler! Here’s the encounter story: I was in the Whaley House at night and thinking about Violet Whaley as the group filtered into the hallway (I was at the back of the group). There was a loud noise (like a groan? creak?) at the back door and I jumped like a mad woman (and cursed like a sailor).

    I brushed it off but kept looking back because I would see someone moving out of the corner of my eye, only to have them disappear when I turned my head. I come to find out that Violet prefers to haunt the backyard at night.

    Honestly, I would have chalked it up to my silliness, except we caught it on tape. The noise is so loud and localized that it had to have been human made, but there was no live person back there.

    I’m just saying- it’s worth experiencing for yourself.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.