Are there Haunted Places In Port Hueneme?
Bard Mansion - Berylwood
California senator Thomas R. Bard’s home, built in 1912, is also known as Berylwood. The house is said to be haunted by the senator’s wife, whose apparition has been seen in photographic images. Senator Bard, his servants and some soldiers are believed to haunt the house as well. Witnesses describe strange whispering sounds around the mansion.
Heritage Square Museum
There have been reports of a phantom in the church portion and spirit nicknamed Uncle Eddy in the Justin Petit House. EVPs are also picked up here.
At this Wal-Mart's toy department, the ghost of a 7- to 9-year-old Mexican-American girl in a blue dress with braids is said to bounce balls, giggle, and smile at employees. Rumor has it that the little girl was murdered in the field where the Wal-Mart was later built.
A ghost known as the Black Lady haunts this site. She has been seen in the living room as well as on the balcony.
CAMARILLO STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL - CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS
Camarillo State Mental Hospital was built in 1936 and housed thousands of patients. Rumor has it that shock treatment and other inhumane practices were used here. As the years passed, compassion and scientific advences made treatments more humane. The hospital was in operaion until 1997. The building is said to be haunted. Witnesses here describe all manner of eerie stories, and weird occurrences dealing with apparitions, moving objects, voices, headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Filmmakers who have used the site for sets have noticed cold spots, missing objects, windows slamming and strange knocking. Now the building is used by the California State University-Channel Islands, and students say it is still haunted.
Two more interesting points to note: Jazz musician Charlie Parker stayed here for seven months in 1947 after suffering a nervous breakdown, then wrote his hit “Relaxing at Camarillo.” And the hospital is rumored to be the Eagles’ inspiration for classic rock’s “Hotel California.”
This 1892 Victorian-style manor house is supposed to be haunted by an ancestor of the original family. Visitors have reported a blue light that appeared in the kitchen, and a clock that hasn’t worked for decades will occasionally ring out the hour, even when the time is completely wrong.
Old Ventura Pier
The old pier is supposed to be haunted by a man who was swept into the ocean and drowned during a squall. His ghost can be seen on the pier during stormy weather, signalling for them to leave before vanishing.
Ventura Majestic Theater
This 1920’s theatre was formerly a speakeasy, and is rumoured to have some hauntings dating back to those days. The most common apparition is a gangster who was shot dead during a fight on the premises, and has been seen by theatre patrons and staff alike. The second apparition dating back to that era is a dapper man in a pinstriped suit, who has been smoking outside the male restroom. When staff go to remind him that there is no smoking allowed, he blows a puff of smoke and vanishes, leaving the staff bewildered and confused. The third and final haunting of the building is a graduating teenage girl who fell from the stage area and broke her neck. Nowadays, visitors have reported seeing a headless woman in a white dress dancing alone on the stage after productions.
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Bella Maggiore Inn
Allegedly by the ghost of a prostitute who hanged herself in the 40’s, the presence that haunts this Inn is called Sylvia. If you are looking for a haunted room, #17 is the one to try, reportedly the one in which she did the deed. She manifests as both a mist and a strong smell of roses.
Earle Stanley Gardner Building
The notorious writer is the namesake of this historic building, as he worked here for many years at a law firm. Coincidentally, he also penned his first novel in the famous detective series on the premises. Nowadays, employees of various companies working in the building have reportedly heard screams and whispering noises coming from his former office. The office appears to be a hotspot for paranormal activity, as workers will often come in the morning to find that the furniture has been rearranged.
Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital
It is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Doctor Cephas Bard, the doctor who originally opened the hospital and who, when he died at the hospital, was cremated and his ashes placed inside a wall there. Although the building now houses offices, people claim to see the genial doctor walking the halls still.
Santa Clara House - Carlo Hahn House
Locals have several names for it: Santa Clara House, Big Green House, Carlo Hahn House or the Candlelight Bar and Restaurant. Whatever you call it, it is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former resident named Rosa. Rosa was an unhappy woman who was forced into marrying a man she didn’t love. She began an affair with an Italian man who left her when she became pregnant, then hanged herself from a ceiling beam. Her ghost has been seen looking out of the round second-story window, and unexplained noises have been heard in the upstairs women’s restroom. Also, some witnesses say they felt as if someone were pushing them down the stairs.
Ventura City Hall
A woman is said to haunt the third floor of this building. She is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in one of the jail cells.
Mission San Buenaventura
At Mission Santa Buena Ventura, folks say you can feel a presence nearing you from the side as you leave the sanctuary through a side door to the garden. The presence seems to embrace you lightly and leave you feeling comforted. Also, some witnesses have heard the sounds of ghostly chanting, cries and children’s voices.
The Ortega Chili Company got its start here; some of those who helped to make the company what it is today may still be here. Voices speaking Spanish are heard, disembodied faces are seen through the window, and random cold sensations come out of nowhere.
This nineteenth century private residence may no longer be haunted, but during the late twentieth century, a pair of elderly sisters lived there. They owned a set of two antique dolls, which were propped up against the attic windows to look out into the street. During the night, the dolls would always move from the original position and be found in a different part of the room. The women would often try and catch the intruder, but never found any apparent reason as to why the dolls seemed to have a mind of their own.
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