Friday, October 15, 2010
Halloween Party 2010 - Haystack Landing
Let me tell you all a scary story. A story of murder, mystery and more importantly, a tale that lurks only a few miles from my home.
For many years, I would go by this abandoned and condemned house and look upon it with great respect and curiosity. I would hear tales of teenagers driving by at night, breaking in and then watching with horror as something paranormal happened right before their very eyes. There have been rumors of ghosts, death, and people suddenly disappearing. This was a house that one could not look at without shuddering and getting goosebumps. This place, this house, is considered one of the most haunted places in Sonoma County.
And so goes the tale of Haystack Landing.
If you dig into the history, you will find that Native Americans vehemently considered this area to be evil and taboo.
They believed what they thought to be true about this place, and tried to warn the Spanish settlers. Only, the settlers did not listen.
One day, a missionary was found dead from self inflicted wounds after trying to bless and cleanse the area. During that time, Haystack Landing also became a place for ships to dock their boats on their way back from San Francisco.
Soon after, reports started flooding in that some settlers went crazy and murdered farmers and other innocent people. There were more rumors of people seeing apparitions and other things that could not be explained such as mass suicides and fires.
Horrible reports have circulated about this place that date all the way back to the 1800s. You can read more about the history here.
Many years later, a professor of parapsychology brought his students to the Haystack Landing house to investigate the happenings. During the investigation, one student went back to the hotel to get something. When he returned, rumor has it that the students and professor were either missing or dead (Unfortunately, I cannot remember which way it was).
In 2004, there was a plan to build upon the property to create a marketplace but by 2007, the house had burned down. Some people believe that the home was burned to the ground intentionally.
This area, especially the home, has created such a stir that a movie was made about it. That movie is called, Incident at Haystack Landing.
There are people who don't believe. Skeptics and critics are quick to judge. As for myself, I'm a believer. The question is....are you??
P.s. While I did write this myself (No copying or pasting), I did find all of the information and photos for this post here
I would also like to take a moment to thank the amazingly wonderful Vanessa for hosting todays Halloween blog party. THANK YOU VANESSA! By the way, she is one of my most favorite blog reads. You should definitely check her out, which you can do here :)
Spooky dreams my friends, don't let the ghosts bite ;)