|WHEN GHOSTS TALK
|~Old Town San Diego~
|~Town of Julian~
| If you haven't been to Old Town San Diego yet, you should. You can lose track of time at
the many souvenir shops and restaurants. These buildings have replaced the original adobe
structures while some are restored copies of the structures that existed in the early part of
1800's forming a rectangle shape around an old military marching grounds covering nearly 8
acres. Each of the buildings has a story to tell as there are many plaques on their walls
detailing each's place in OldTown San Diego's history. One of the more prominent buildings
during 1829 was the Casa de Bandini, which would become the Cosmopolitan Hotel in 1869.
Until recently this building was a pretty good restaurant but is now being totally restored
literally from the ground up. Story goes a woman in old Spanish dress could be seen on the
second floor veranda when the building is closed. Not hard to imagine by looking at the
building in its original state before being restored. Right across the street is the La Casa de
Estudillo, built in 1829. This was either a former residence of Capitan Estudillo, Commander
of the Spanish Presidio or the home of a wealthy Don named Jose Antonio de
Estudillo...depending on which brochure you read. Either way, it is supposedly a hotbed of
activity with sightings of men, women and children all over this small one-story manor with a
centered courtyard. The security guard told us he saw a man in one the rooms dressed in
period clothing one day. I've taken tons of pictures and we've recorded here but have yet to
come up with anything. But such a historical building HAS to have a lingering soul or two left
behind. There is the original school house and other buildings throughout the main town area
that have been restored. But just a few hundred yards down the street is the old Whaley
House which is reported to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. I think I wore
out my finger taking digital photos each time we've been there. It seems to be at first glance just
an older restored house but there has been so many instances of paranormal events over the
years from full-bodied apparations to loud voices. Recording there can be difficult because
there are usually so many people going up and downstairs repeatedly while combing every
corner of the building. Seems like there is a kids camp visiting each time I'm there. There's
always a screamer running around. We've never gotten to go in at night though which would
probably be a different experience. I did get one interesting picture the last time I was there. It
was an image in the mirror which I am not sure if it could be a light reflection or something else.
Hopefully I'll be able to get it clearly on here to see.
Near the Whaley House is the old cemetery called El Campo Santo about a block down.
There has been so many reports of activity at this location but haven't seen much online as far
as actual video, pictures or audio. It has a strange history which could cause it to be active.
Part of the original cemetery is actually under the paved street and areas next to it. There are
round metal markers in the pavement that say "grave site" randomly about. We have taken many
photos here and recorded but have never captured anything. It's an interesting cemetery to
visit though because of its history. There are a couple Old Town ghost tours you can take
that tell you more than what you can read online. One place we haven't visited yet is the old
Spanish presidio that sits on the hill just above Old Town.
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