The Whaley House- Interview with Dean Glass

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 this historic building. 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. And, of course, watch my interview with Dean above. We discuss the lives of the Whaley family, their historic home, and the idea that this historic home may very well be haunted now.

Malorie Mackey

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it. While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.” 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. In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel. Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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