22nd & H Street House: It Looks Haunted, But Is It?


For years, I've heard stories about this house. KFBK, one of Sacramento's news-talk radio stations aired a halloween-themed story about the house on 22nd and H streets over twenty-five years ago. At that time, the owners related stories of hearing strange, unexplainable sounds while they were in the process of renovating the house. Additionally, they told of seeing fleeting, but regular glimpses of what looked like a small boy, (about 9 years old), hiding within a crawl space underneath the stairs on the first floor of the house, as if playing hid-and-go-seek with them. Within the last ten or twelve years, wrought iron gates have been erected around the property, the result of too many curious onlookers no doubt. Yet to this day, no one inhabits this home; it remains empty, sealed off from prying eyes by locked doors, shuttered windows and the generally creepy feeling it gives off.

A nighttime winter visit to the property, a few years ago, left us with digital images of "orbs," several sets of drained camera batteries, and unexplainable sounds of what seemed like an old dial-up telephone that began to ring; it was well after 10:00 p.m., and it seemed odd that someone would place a phone call to a home that nobody had lived in for the last fifteen or twenty years. Moreover, who would keep a phone plugged in within a home that was, for all intents and purposes, empty? Even more strange was that the rings seemed noticeably louder than normal to all of us, as if the phone had been perched atop the sill of an opened window, yet all of the windows were tightly shut and presumably locked. Was it the wind that tricked us into believing that the rings were louder than normal and coming from this house, rather than another nearby house? On the other hand, who would leave their home with it's windows open, in the dead of winter, so that their phone might be heard so loudly?

More time has passed. There are still no new occupants in the home on 22nd & H. To look at the place from the outside, it appears dead, yet it also seems that someone at least is still accepting phone calls there. Could it be the ghost of the little boy I heard about so many years ago on KFBK?
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Have you been to the Discovery Museum in Old Sac? Part of their historical display is from a home in midtown that was being renovated by new owners in the 1980's. When they removed a panel in some part of the house, they found a chest of items (dolls, photos, clothing, and other personal effects) of a young girl who'd lived and died in that same house EXACTLY one hundred years prior. Truly creepy! I'm eager to see what else you post on this blog, since I'm interested in the paranormal, too. Did you hear about the 22nd & H house on the old Spencer Hughes show on KFBK? (He used to have segments on items like this.)

Becky ("runnergirl" on the Sac Rag)

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The young girl you are speaking of is burried in the Old City Cemetery, on Broadway and Riverside Boulevard:

May H. Woolsey: b. 1866. d. 1879.

May H. Woolsey died of encephalitis. Tour visitors have confirmed that her presence can still be felt, literally by placing ones hand near her grave stone.

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May Woolsey was a 12 year old girl who lived in Sacramento during the 1870's in the district known as Alkali Flat. Found in 1979 when a new owner was remodeling the house and came across a hatch cut into the second floor stair landing. The trunk had been placed in a cavity from a false ceiling in a closet below. When opened the trunk contained a fascinating chronicle of life in early Sacramento as seen through the childhood mementos of May Woolsey. Packed in the trunk were trinkets and playthings typical of most 12-year-old girls of the late 1870's.

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My friends and I were down at the H St. House and I had a weird feeling while there and kept seeing a presence of a woman wearing a white dress and with long dark hair.. My friends laughed at me and said yeah right your just tyring to freak us out.. Well Last night one of my friends had her daughters friend with her and the girl pulled a camera out of pictures she took there (after I made the statement of what I felt/saw) and low and behold in one of the pics there was an image of a woman with a white dress and long black hair in a window. She took 2 pics and the first one showed it and the second one did not.. Now that is very errie to me because that is the image I had seen months earlier when my friends and I went to the house..

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