the local haunts: exploring legends of the supernatural in my area (6/?)
The Burrage Mansion was built in in Redlands, CA in 1901 by wealthy entrepreneur and politician Albert Burrage, who mostly used it for entertaining. The vast estate included a glass-covered pool that could be covered by a wooden floor for dancing. Though he lived in grandeur, his financial ventures left his family in debt in the event of his death. The mansion turned into a convent for the Victory Noll Sisters until 1974, when it became a private residence.
The Burrage Mansion is also called the House of 1,000 Stairs. Stories say some of the nuns who lived there decades ago still haunt the place.
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The Morey Mansion was built in Redlands, CA in 1890 by David and Sarah Morey. Sarah, an early business woman who found great success growing and selling oranges, died suddenly and mysteriously in 1901. Her husband David became depressed, moved to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and committed suicide by hanging himself in his room soon after.
The mansion became a bed and breakfast in the 1980s, and is now a private residence. Guests have reported hearing strange noises and the sounds of children playing, seeing doors opening and closing by themselves, and seeing a variety of apparitions. The house, which exudes a kind of eerie vibe, is currently for sale.
the local haunts: exploring legends of the supernatural in my area (4/?)
The Whaley House in Old Town San Diego was built in 1857, and served a huge variety of purposes in its time. It was home to the Whaley family, one of the founding families of San Diego, and served as a granary, a courthouse, a general store, a billiard hall, the city’s first commercial theater, a school, and more. Nowadays, the Whaley House is said to be one of the most haunted places in the U.S. The museum is capitalizing on the legends to aid the restoration efforts, and binders full of guest’s photos of orbs of light and shadows in the house greet you as you enter.
The house’s history provides a rich source of possible ghosts. Multiple public hangings occurred on the land before the house was even built. James Robinson, aka Yankee Jim, was one of the unlucky criminals, and the Whaley family were said to hear his heavy footsteps throughout their house. Mr. and Mrs. Whaley themselves have been spotted by both museum curators and visitors. One curator (dressed in period clothing in photo 2) said that she has heard footsteps above her after hours when no one was upstairs, and noticed that furniture has been moved in the theater. One day, she said, she covered her coworker’s shift on a day she doesn’t usually work, and while setting up upstairs she heard a male voice behind her express surprise at her presence. When she turned around no one was there, and none of her coworkers reported being anywhere near her at the time.
the local haunts: exploring legends of the supernatural in my area (3/?)
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA is a sprawling Victorian-style complex built in 1888. It’s been said to be haunted for decades, especially rooms 3327 and 3519. The former is where a 24-year old woman named Kate Morgan was found dead via gunshot to the head; the latter is where a maid who assisted Kate had stayed, but after Kate’s death she was never seen again.
Guests from all walks of life, from authors to Secret Service agents, have experienced breezes with no source, ceiling fans and televisions turning on and off, mysterious voices, and more. One paranormal investigative team heard a crash in their room’s bathroom at 3 a.m. and found a glass of water had been smashed on the floor. One writer placed her necklace in the safe deposit box and took a nap, waking to discover that her necklace had been tied in a knot while she was asleep.