Ghosts at Victorian Village in Heritage Park

Ghosts at Victorian Village in Heritage Park
2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, California

SOHO: Save our Historical Organization was formed in January of 1969. The primary objective was to save historic Victorian style houses from being demolished and eradicated from the San Diego landscape. The fate of the Gilbert House provided a rallying point for the newly formed organization. SOHO: Save our Historical Organization would go on to save many historic buildings and leave a time capsule for future generations.

A case for ghosts at Victorian Village:

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Sherman Gilbert House Being Moved to Victorian Village

Heritage Park, is comprised of the Senlis Cottage (1896), Sherman-Gilbert House (1887), Bushyhead House (1887), Christian House (1889), McConaughy House (1887), Burton House (1893), and the Temple Beth Israel Synagogue (1889). All of the buildings are from the Victorian era and are representative of different styles of architecture. History and apparitional experiences sometimes collide, which is a case being made by local paranormalists. San Diego Paranormal Eye (SDPE) is a San Diego based paranormal group currently hosting outdoor meetups at Old Town and Victorian Village several times a year. While SDPE believes in the possibility of apparitional experiences throughout Heritage Park, the Christian house seems to yield better results. The most predominant ghost may be that of a female spirit about 20 years old. All investigations are being held outside as access to the interiors of the buildings is not currently permitted for ghost hunters and paranormalists. The primary activity noted for the Christian house is located near the exterior front door area. The paranormal activity has been witnessed during ITC communication using spirit boxes, dowsing rod sessions, and the Xcam SLS (Structured Light Sensor).

The Christian House is not the only purportedly haunted Victorian in Heritage Park. The McConaughy House (1887), which is currently host to the Coral Tree Tea House and Old Town Gift Emporium, is perhaps more well known in the paranormal community. The current business owners’ website states proudly, ” There is no doubt that this beautifully restored house is spirited.” More information can be read on their website http://www.coraltreeteahouse.com/CoralTreeTeaHouse/Ghosts.html .

If two possibly haunted Victorian’s wasn’t enough, the Sherman-Gilbert house might later prove to be haunted as well. Originally known as the Gilbert house then later designated Sherman-Gilbert after the developer John Sherman who built it. John Sherman was a cousin of Senator John Sherman and the infamous Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. John Sherman also built many other homes some of which remain historically preserved including:

Sherman Doig House 136 W Fir St.
Sherman Judson House (on 1st between Fir and Grape)
Hall Sherman House (on 1st in Hillcrest)

The Shermin-Gilbert house exterior has yielded some minor activity. A shadow figure has been allegedly seen moving towards the backside of the building, but to date has not been captured on media. Some sessions using dowsing rods have been performed outside the location in an attempt to communicate with this possible apparition.

One thing to note is that all of the Victorian Era buildings in Heritage park were transplanted from other locations in San Diego. Each structure bears a unique and rich history, which can be easily read at the San Diego Parks website http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/Heritage.html

Victorian era structures time line and original locations:

1. Name: Sherman-Gilbert house
Built: 1887
Architecture Style: Stick Eastlake
Original Address: 139 Fir Street San Diego
Relocation Date: Thursday May 20, 1971

2. Name: Bushyhead House
Built: 1887
Architecture Style: Italianate
Original Address: 232 Cedar Street, San Diego
Relocation Date: Monday August 23, 1976

3. Name: Christian House
Built: 1889
Architecture Style: Queen Anne
Original Address: 1940 Third Avenue, San Diego
Relocation Date: Wednesday August 25, 1976

4. Name: Burton House
Built: 1893
Architecture Style: Classic Revival
Original Address: 1970 Third Avenue, San Diego
Relocation Date: Monday August 30, 1976

5. Name: Senlis Cottage
Built: 1896
Architecture Style: Nineteenth Century Vernacular
Original Address: 1536 Second Avenue, San Diego
Relocation Date: Thursday March 9, 1978

6. Name: Temple Beth Israel
Built: 1889
Architecture Style: Classic Revival
Original Address: North-West Corner of Second Avenue and Beech Street, San Diego
Relocation Date: C. September, 1978

7. Name: McConaughy House
Built: 1887
Architecture Style: Stick Eastlake
Original Address: 1569 Cedar Street, San Diego
Relocation Date: Thursday February 6, 1981

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