Interview at the Whaley House: One of America’s Most Historically Famous Homes

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, the Whaley House sits as a living piece of history for guests to come take a trip into the past. Built in 1856, Thomas Whaley’s home served as a convenient store, a county courthouse, and a commercial theater throughout the years. Now, it has been brought back to life by the Save Our Heritage Organisation so everyone can enjoy this building’s story.

While visiting San Diego, be sure to tour the interior of the historic Whaley House. Pay close attention to the details put into the design work, as they are well paid attention to. Every design aspect has been thought of to make the home as close as possible to how it would have been long ago. Quite a few of the Whaley’s original possessions have made it back to the home, as well.


Aside from its rich history, which you can read all about in “The History and Mystery of the Whaley House: Old Town, San Diego” by Dean Glass, the Whaley House is also a popular spot for all the paranormal lovers out there. The Whaley House has been called the most haunted house in America by the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, giving another reason for guests to stop by. The house was built over the gallows where criminals- most famously Yankee Jim Robinson- were hung, and the Whaley family experienced many tragedies on the property. So, it’s no wonder why the Whaley House would be an extremely haunted location.

Their on-site historian, Dean Glass, was able to read the diary of Lillian Whaley, so he loves to discuss his expertise on the family. We sat down with Dean to discuss the full history of the Whaley House.

If you’re in San Diego, be sure to stop by and take a tour of this charming piece of history. Be sure to visit their website and donate to the Save Our Heritage Organisation. I encourage you to check out more historical locations to truly appreciate the beauty in our nation’s history.

Malorie Mackey

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer based out of Los Angeles, California. Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book. Stay tuned as Malorie travels the world bringing its beauty and wonder to you.

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