Washoe House

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This 1859 historic roadhouse was the site of ‘The Battle of Washoe House’, when marching soldiers intent on wreaking havoc in nearby towns stopped for a drink at the tavern, before turning back in the direction they came. This lead to a peaceful resolution of what could have been a great tragedy. It is also said that Ulysses S. Grant gave a speech recruiting troops from the balcony of the inn. However, the spirit haunting this place is that of a man who shot himself in an upstairs room when the establishment was a hotel. The resident ghost is said to be very friendly.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Geographic Information

Stony Point Rd and Roblar Rd
Petaluma, CA
United States

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38.3141268, -122.7354479
Sonoma County, California
Nearest Towns:
Cotati, CA (1.8 mi.)
Rohnert Park, CA (2.6 mi.)
Penngrove, CA (3.9 mi.)
Bloomfield, CA (6.3 mi.)
Roseland, CA (7.5 mi.)
Sebastopol, CA (7.7 mi.)
Petaluma, CA (7.8 mi.)
Santa Rosa, CA (8.8 mi.)
Valley Ford, CA (10.2 mi.)
Tomales, CA (10.3 mi.)


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  1. I moved to the area in 1998. On one of my earliest visits, I was able to go upstairs to view the area while we were waiting for our food to be delivered.
    After a few mins. I sensed a spirit energy. It seemed natural and normal for me, so I didn’t make a big thing out of it. Other than the Ulysses Grant and Bordelo history, I’ve never heard of any “ghost” stories in all my time living here until I came across this site. So I thought I’d add my experience.

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