Located in San Diego, California
Often cited as one of the most haunted houses in America.
The house, located in southern California, is the only house in the state which is recognized by the government as an official haunted house. The house was built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, who rented a portion of it out as a repository for county records. The house soon became the center of a power struggle between San Diego residents. The house was located in Old Town and people in New Town wanted the records stored in their part of the city. One day, while Thomas was out of town, New Towners broke into his house, terrorized his wife and daughter, ransacked the place and stole the records. Almost a century later, when the house was purchased by the county and restoration started, strange things started happening. Workmen talked of doors and windows opening by themselves, phantom footsteps and disappearing tools. Visitors also complained of cold spots, creaking sounds and strange lights appearing, along with the ghosts of Thomas Whaley and his wife making frequent appearances. People have also reported the ghost of the Whaley dog, their little girl and infant son. The ghosts in the house who are outside the family include that of an old man, a woman, and a little girl who once lived next door and who was killed when she ran through the back yard and into a clothesline.