I have two haunted tales to tell you. The first one is about the haunted Robert Louis Stevenson house in Monterey and the other is about the haunted Boeger Winery in Placerville. Sit tight and be prepared to be scared!
When I lived in Monterey, California, I would hang out at the Monterey Public Library Central Library to catch up in my reading of various paranormal books. My life in Monterey was full of excitement, going to Fisherman’s Wharf and actually for one day attending the Monterey Pop Festival. At times I would go to Carmel or Carmel Valley with my parents. But, the one place that I would gravitate to is The Robert Louis Stevenson House on 530 Houston Street, Monterey, CA 93940. This place is a museum and once was a boarding house in the 1800s. The legendary author Robert Louise Stevenson once stayed there. The house was owned and ran by Manuela Giradin. In the Summer of 1879, Manuela Giradin’s husband caught typhoid fever and died. Manuela’s grandchildren, along with Manuela caught the fever. The grandchildren survived, but unfortunately Manuela was not that lucky and she succumbed to the deadly disease.
I remember reading in the Monterey Herald how the Robert Louis Stevenson House was haunted. A visitor spotted a little girl playing with a toy on the floor in the house’s nursery. As the witness watched the little girl, she just faded away into nothingness. GHOST IDENTIFIED: NURSERY ROOM GIRL.
Searching on the Internet, I discovered some of the manifestations that have occurred at the Robert Louis Stevenson House, they are as follows:
1. The nursery rocking chair will begin rocking all by itself, propelled by an unseen presence.
2. Visitors to the house will smell the sickroom disinfectant, carbolic acid, which was used in the 1800s.
3. A woman in a black dress has been seen in the nursery by both visitors and the curator, Barbara. Visitors figured that the woman was the housekeeper because she was in costume like the curator, Barbara. However, the woman vanished before their eyes.
4. A caretaker at the museum was closing the museum for the afternoon and she spied a woman in a long, black gown, with a high lace collar, looking intently down at the children’s bed in the nursery. The caretaker told the woman that it was time to close the museum, and the woman, looked straight at her and nodded in confirmation that she understood. The caretaker looked again and the apparition disappeared. GHOST IDENTIFIED: STEVENSON LADY IN BLACK.
Other reports have come in that a grim reaper type of entity has been seen at this house. The grim reaper type of entity wears a black hoodie, the face is blurry and the entity wears a black long robe and has been seen floating down the hallway and disappearing into one of the rooms. GHOST IDENTIFIED: STEVENSON GRIM REAPER.
Nia Clayton of Santa Cruz says that when she visited the house, she felt a hand on her shoulder. She later felt someone rubbing on her back. The rubbing lasted for less than a minute and she could distinctly feel one hand on her back going up and down. Nia said it was a soothing rub and she was not frightened from the experience.
GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE BACK RUBBER – My theory is that Nia experienced the ghost Manuela who probably rubbed the backs of her own sickly grandchildren during the time they were ill with the fever.
Rowland Howell from Castro Valley, Ca said that he saw darting green orbs in the nursery room area. He saw the green orbs with his own eyes. His wife saw them too. When they were watching the green orbs, there was a cold chill in the air. Rowlands’ wife felt light headed after the experience. GHOST IDENTIFIED: NURSERY GREEN ORBS.
Another witness that doesn’t want to be identified says that when he visited the house, he heard disembodied coughing. The coughing was continuous. The witness says that he started coughing and felt very ill. When the disembodied coughing stopped, he also stopped coughing and began to feel like his normal self. The experience scared him immensely and the witness says he has no desire to ever visit any place that has a reputation of being haunted. GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE COUGHER.
Let’s now leave Monterey and head up North. Let’s make a stop in the old town of Placerville and visit the very haunted Boeger Winery.
Robert Oliver Briefs us about the Winery
If you ever are in Placerville, a must place to visit is Boeger Winery. This ranch is eye-candy for the tourist, so much to see and so much history! Plus, the place is haunted!
The Fieldstone Building was built by Giovanni N. Lombardo in 1872. In this building you can see the shoots that the grapes went down. Later on Giovanni’s daughter Sarah Fossati inherited the ranch. Giovanni’s son John Fossati continued the wine making. At the Blacksmith Shop, we obtained an EVP of a man saying “I’m here” when asked if anyone is here?
Deanna, a sensitive visually saw a wedding on the grounds of the winery. Come to find out that the family that owns the winery had a family wedding at this ranch. Greg Boeger is the owner of this fabulous winery. In one part of the winery, Abigail captured an EVP that says: “John”. Could this be Giovanni’s son?
Deanna Plays Back the EVP that we Captured at The Blacksmith Shop.
Robert Oliver, our guide at the Cary House also took us to the haunted Cary House in Placerville. Cary House is located at 300 Main Street, Placerville. While at the Cary House, we interviewed Kristina Alvarez and Taylor Highnon. They were staying in Room 303 of the Cary House and witnessed the door knob moving and strange noises occurred in their room. They claim that Room 303 at the Cary House is definitely haunted.
The present owner’s daughter Lexi Boeger invited us back to the Boeger Winery and showed us areas that the public hasn’t seen. For her kindness Deanna gave her a Random Act of Kindness Package that consisted of: sage/lemon smudging wand, flamingo water bottle, lip gloss with a flower, 9 blessed candles and Department of Fish and Wildlife memorabilia. Deanna picked up on energy in Lexi’s home at the ranch and picked up energy at a nearby creek where the Miwok Indian tribe used to inhabit. Lexi tells us that at one time some kids were playing and they were as white as a sheet, because they actually saw the Boeger Lady in White peering out of Lexi’s house window. GHOST IDENTIFIED: Boeger Lady in White.
Greg Boeger Briefs Us About Boeger Winery
While investigating, Robert spies a shoulder through the window of Lexi’s home. Robert was the only witness of this apparition.
Abby while inside of the winery, heard a voice calling her name. Abby is the only witness to this disembodied voice.
A previous ghost hunting group detected Ed Farover the Indian. Ed Farover supposingly died on a hill on this land and his spirit is still felt. GHOST IDENTIFIED: Ed Farover the Indian
Investigators while investigating Lexi’s home, heard a strange banging downstairs. There was no explanation for the banging. Inconclusive.
At the main gate, a menacing malevolent entity guards the gate, he is known as the Boeger Gate Keeper. One of the workers is afraid to be at the gate during the night. We investigated the gate area and obtained an EVP male deep voice that says: “The Article”. It would seem that the Boeger Gate Keeper wants to be known via my article. GHOST IDENTIFIED: The Boeger Gate Keeper.
Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Esoteric Detective
Halo Paranormal Investigations (HPI International)