Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital

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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.

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121 N. Fir St.
Ventura, California
United States

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34.282432, -119.29046299999999
Ventura County, California
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  1. Back in the seventies, I took several of my students to the hospital when it housed the Inventors Workshop International. They were touring while I remained in one room, noting the cool temperature. I mentioned this curiosity to the secretary and she smiled and simply said, “You felt Dr. Bard.” Years later, I took my wife and daughter to the location and spoke to the secretary of a law office that existed there at the time. My daughter was fourteen. In the presence of my daughter, the secretary denied any paranormal activity there but when my daughter walked back toward our van, the secretary called me back and gave me a printout describing incidents that had occurred at the hospital over the previous years. My wife and daughter were sitting in the van, facing me from a distance of forty feet or so. I called for my daughter to return but received only stares from both daughter and wife. I called again. Same response. When I returned to the van, I asked why my request was ignored. Both wife and daughter denied hearing or seeing me make any indication for the girl to leave the van. The girl is a “daddy’s girl” to this day and my wife and I have enjoyed a happy marriage for twenty-three years. I have never forgotten the events of that afternoon.

  2. My mother currently works at this building as an employee and one morning about a couple months ago she walked into the office up the stairs and received a very proper “well, good morning there!” from the voice of Cephas Bard.

  3. To add more information, my mother has also encountered the smell of cigar smoke every once in awhile in the hall ways which was said to be enjoyed by Cephas Bard.

  4. We did a ghost tour last night with Richard Senate (not indoors, just an outside tour of various haunted sites). We snapped this photo of the Bard Hospital and when we got home and looked through the shots we found this. We are totally freaked out lol. It is clearly a figure behind the blinds on the first floor, and looks exactly like Dr. Bard. What do you think?

  5. My mother was a patient there as a toddler. She would like to see her medical records from that time. Do you know where they can be located? She is now 83 years old and was apprimately 3 years old while housed there.

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