William Heath Davis House Museum

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Furniture moves around by itself, shadows are seen all around, apparitions have been picked up on camera, and EVPs have also been recorded.

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410 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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32.7105625, -117.1607118
San Diego County, California
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  1. Our paranormal team, the San Diego Ghost Hunters have been giving public Paranormal Ghost Tours here in the house since 2011. We conduct the tours once a month, typically at the end of the month.
    Although we have investigated the house several times prior to 2010, we have been investigating the house consistently since 2010. There are many different layers of time connected to the house. The residents of the past are still here. It was also used as a headquarters for the military and we have encountered approximately 5 soldiers who are present. This house was also used as a hospital for almost 10 years and the nurse in charge is still here as many of her patients. She will announce herself through the use of an Ovilus, and even EVP’s stating her name. Mr. Horton is present. There are children in the house, a spy in the attic and a lady in black, who is seen at different times of the day and night. Not only have we captured many pictures of full bodied apparitions, shadow figures and pics of the lady in black, but tour guests have also captured these figures. The house sits on a piece of property that use to have a bordello and the madam comes through along with some of her customers. There is so much activity in this house and it is an amazing house to investigate. We love the William Heath Davis House and we know you will too.

  2. William Heath Davis House (Davis-Horton House) William Heath Davis (Davis-Horton House) was the first man who attempted to build what we know today as downtown San Diego. In 1850 he began his New Town by the bay, by purchasing a shipment of pre-cut wooden houses from Portland, Maine. They were shipped around Cape Horn to San Diego Bay.

    In 1867 Alonzo E. Horton and his wife Sarah, traveled to San Diego with the plan of succeeding where Davis had failed. Horton purchased 960 acres of land and a one-half interest in the Davis house. He and Sarah lived in the house while his mansion was being built. Horton opened a real estate office in San Francisco and began selling his new land. Thanks to his shrewd business skills and timing, he was able to begin the first real estate boom in San Diego. The Davis is the only house left standing in San Diego where Horton resided. The Davis house has been located on 3 lots during its lifetime: State and Market Street (erected in 1850) 11th and K Street (moved by horses in 1873) And currently, 4th and Island (moved by truck in 1984) The house has been rumored to be haunted for years because of the many colorful characters who have resided in the house. Not only was the house a residence to many, it was also a hospital for about ten years where many deaths from consumption and tetanus have been recorded The house was also an officer’s quarters prior to the Civil War and was reported to have a WWI German spy in hiding who used the house for his purposes. He was later captured.

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