Whether you believe in paranormal activity or you don’t, the excitement of haunted places sure is a lot of fun. While maybe most ghost-hunters using our limo services are heading down south, to for instance the famously haunted Queen Mary, some clients have also ventured to many of Ventura County’s haunted sites. And whether you believe them or not, Ventura County has one of America’s highest number of haunted location. In this article, let us present some of the most haunted houses, caves, cemeteries, and more.
Recently featured in the first show of the new series The Unexplained Files on the Science Channel, the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula is among California’s most haunted locations. The hotel is now registered on the US National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1911 in Bungalow-tudor style, there are numerous stories of deceased people haunting the hotel rooms here at nighttime. Having been named one of the world’s most haunted places, the hotel is a certain pick for the annual conventions for the Paranormal Society of Ventura County. Besides being the main headquarters for the American Paranormal Research Association, Glen Tavern Inn has been featured in numerous TV-series, including the Unexplained Files and Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel. Although a beloved destination for local limos for rent, we have heard countless of paranormal stories from clients having visited the hotel. Our local Thousand Oaks party bus department and others have heard stories from clients about everything from a woman singing in room 218 to people witnessing poker-playing cowboys at nighttime.
The City of Ventura is where we find numerous haunted sites, as for instance the Olivas Adobe, one of the original haciendas of the great land-grants. Currently operated as a museum, the adobe was constructed in the early 1840’s. This Spanish-inspired adobe is now a state historical landmark and on the national register of historic sites since the 1970’s. Paranormal tours of the Olivas Adobe are available throughout the year, and there are many suggestions to who are haunting the old adobe. Believed to be the ghost of Teodora Olivas, or her child Dominga whom died by birth in the early 1890’s here. Dominga was later buried on Halloween at the Mission San Buenaventura. Many using our local limousine services have reported seeing the ghost of a woman haunting the building. Another guess for who’s haunting the adobe might be Maria, a Chumash-Indian servant who worked for the Olivas family in the 1850’s. Killed by a family-friend of the Olivas family, the Chumash girl was victim of a gruesome assassination after she complained about her working conditions. The killer cut out both of Maria’s eyes, then raped her, before strangling her to death. Having been featured in the TV-series Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel as well as the Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, Simi Valley limo clientele and other locals often use our services to go ghost-hunting at the Olivas Adobe.
Yet another popular haunted destination for our Simi Valley limo- and other Ventura County-based services is Berylwood in Port Hueneme. Berylwood was built as a house by its owner, the influential politician Thomas R. Bard, who is said to still haunt his old home. We have heard from people booking our limousine services about all the ghosts still said to be haunting the old mansion, including Bard himself and other characters. One of the ghosts is supposedly Ah Ching, a home servant for Bard that was originally from China. While the ghosts of Mr. Ching is said to mostly appear the 3rd floor, Thomas R. Bard’s wife is often seen by the restroom mirrors. Maybe Newbury Park’s most famous landmark, the Stagecoach Inn, is yet another Ventura County location said to be haunted. Built during the 1870’s, the former hotel is now a popular museum focusing on Newbury Park history. Some of the ghosts said to haunt the location include Cecil Hague, one of the hotel’s former managers. While the ghost of Mr. Hague is said to mostly appear on the balcony, the herder Pierre’s ghost is said to mostly appear indoors upstairs of the hotel.
No article on haunted places in Ventura County could be complete without mentioning the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), which is located where the former Camarillo State Mental Hospital was situated. Operating from the 1930’s until 1997, it is said to be one of America’s most haunted mental hospitals. Several people booking our wine tour service or other services have told us about the paranormal activity centered surrounding the Tower building. Many have reportedly witnessed a female in the second story of the tower. The hospital was made famous by the 1976 song “Hotel California” by the Eagles, where they refer to the mental hospital: “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Scenes from the TV-series M*A*S*H was also filmed here in the foothills of Camarillo. One of the reasons to why it’s haunted is reportedly because of the treatment used on patients here, including shock-treatment and more. Reports of ghosts here already began in the 1990’s while the hospital was still operating. A nurse saw for instance reportedly grabbed and shaken by a ghost while being outside alone for a break. Another nurse reported she was pulled by her hair out of a chair by a ghost. Today, many workers at CSUCI have reported equipment vanishing and many say they avoid the university due to headaches and the feeling of disorientation when visiting the campus.
Other haunted locations include for instance the Nordhoff Cemetery in Ojai, with various reports of ghost-sightseeing of a young girl, as well as the Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore, where there are several reports of children-ghosts crying during nighttime. We recently also had a client using airport transfers from Simi that told us about strange phenomenons happening around the Manson Caves in Chatsworth Park, as well as surrounding Stoner’s Den and Spahn Ranch, a former home of Charles Manson and his followers. Numerous other areas in the Simi Valley area is said to be haunted, including the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center who was investigated by Kenny Kingston already in 1998 for paranormal activity. Others using our selections of limos of rent have mentioned the Ventura Majestic Theater, Ventura High School, the Ventura City Hall, and the High Street Art Center in Moorpark as other haunted locations in Ventura County.
Halloween is coming up. Why not take the family on the Ghost tour at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley? These guided tours are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October in the month of October. Alternatively, take the family, kids or friends to the Terror Haunted House in Thousand Oaks! The fifteen-year-old terror house is located at the Janss Marketplace in T.O., and is a popular place during October for our Thousand Oaks party bus services. For more serious lecture-, course- and tour options, check out ghost-stalker.com to see local ghost investigator Richard Senate’s upcoming events in Ventura County.