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The Haunted Big Yellow House Restaurant in Summerland, California

A haunted location: Big Yellow House Restaurant in Summerland, California.

Details: This restaurant is believed to be haunted by a ghostly lady.

People have claimed to see a lonely looking woman standing around by herself.

When they attempt to get a closer look, she disappears.

Money has also been known to disappear from tables.

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Written by: Jessica Street

Published on: September 25, 2022

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Hi, do you know how I can get in to investigate with the new owner that leased it? Maybe richard would know? if so, I'll email him right now. I believe that Summerland was chosen because its in the center of a spiritual nexus. The law of 5 elements form a pentagram, and Summerland is in the middle of the pentagram. If you know who I can contact, please email the case manager email on nightdwellers.org, thanks. -Omar sanchez, Founder Night Dwellers Paranormal Research Society

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I haven't a clue as to who the current owner or lease holder is. You can probably find that information through the county government, however.

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I worked there in the early 1980s.loved it.i looked for the ghost "hector,but was never lucky enough to see him".

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Radius Group Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce the sale of the iconic “Big Yellow House” in Summerland. Scott Glenn and Jason Jaeger with Radius co-listed the property with Grubb and Ellis and Steve Brown and Austin Herlihy with Radius represented the buyer.

“We have had the Big Yellow House on the market for over a year and couldn’t make a deal stick until January 2011 when all of a sudden we had several competing offers. We have not seen multiple offers on commercial property since late 2007…we expect more up ahead” said Scott Glenn, Principal at Radius Group.

Summerland, with its vibrant hillside and beachside homes and the big yellow restaurant represent the entry point into Montecito and Santa Barbara.

The historic structure was built as a private residence by Mr. H.L. Williams, the founder of Summerland, in 1884. The house was purchased in the early 1970’s by John and June Young. June Young had already demonstrated her gift for knowing what would attract attention (she was a founder of Santa Clause Lane), and promptly painted the beige Victorian house yellow with a bright orange roof. The house could not be missed; the community was up in arms. Nearly 35 years later, The Big Yellow House is indeed still a landmark and holds magical family memories for Santa Barbarans young and old. For many years, children’s meals were priced ‘by the pound’ – not the food, but the children. Those under 10 years old would be weighed on a large scale and their meals priced accordingly.

June Young passed away in 2003, and during the ensuing years, her four daughters and stepdaughters agonized together over the future of the property. They decided to test the waters with an offer for sale or for lease, and the rest, as they say, is history. The property was sold, but the new buyer never finished his plans and the property subsequently went into foreclosure last spring and was taken over by a mortgage holder in October. Originally listed at just under the 3 million, the last listing price was $1.3 million.

“The buyer is a local investor who intends to restore and upgrade the property to accommodate one or more future retail tenants. He has the patience and the ability to create one of the nicest facilities on the South Coast, said Steve Brown, one of Radius Group’s four founding principals., “This is not just another sales transaction, but a big plus for the community that a very prominent property that had slipped into disrepair will be restored and returned to a vibrant retail center. We will be looking for a suitable tenant as soon as the restoration begins.”

One thing seems to be certain the “Big Yellow House” will continue to be an icon and a source of many memories for local residents.

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“We have had the Big Yellow House on the market for over a year and couldn’t make a deal stick until January 2011 when all of a sudden we had several competing offers. We have not seen multiple offers on commercial property since late 2007…we expect more up ahead” said Scott Glenn, Principal at Radius Group.

“The buyer is a local investor who intends to restore and upgrade the property to accommodate one or more future retail tenants. He has the patience and the ability to create one of the nicest facilities on the South Coast, said Steve Brown, one of Radius Group’s four founding principals., “This is not just another sales transaction, but a big plus for the community that a very prominent property that had slipped into disrepair will be restored and returned to a vibrant retail center. We will be looking for a suitable tenant as soon as the restoration begins.”

3 Responses to BIG YELLOW HOUSE SOLD

I wonder if he knows the place is haunted.

Retail??? No more Restaurant.? Oh Man!! Was REALLY hoping for a really good “comfort food” place.

Was the Big Yellow House Restaurant forced to close its doors after lawsuits from all the kids who were weighed to determine the price of their meal and subsequently developed eating disorders?

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Psychic Archaeology at Olivas locates burials & lost tunnel. On March 28 a team of Mr. Senate's students gathered to seek data on the legendary family burial grounds at the old Adobe. The stories say that the family buried their dead in the corner of the courtyard. The next owner removed the tombstones and the grave sites are lost. The dowsing rods were used and located three burials inside the court –Two men and a baby. The team also looked for the storied Native American graveyard, and found four burial sites. Two were a man and woman, buried side by side. The man seemed too tall for a Native American, and the rods were used to determine he was part Irish and worked at the ranch as a coachman. An illness took his life and that of his wife. The team also located the rout of the lost tunnel. It was dug by the Olivas Family as an escape tunnel if the Hacienda was ever attacked. All the data was recorded and can not be confirmed until someone excavates the grounds in the future. 

Richard Senate's Top 13 Haunted Places to see a ghost in Southern and Central California:

1. The RMS Queen Mary The RMS Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California. For my money the best place in the USA to see a ghost. Spend a night on the old ship and walk her decks between the hours of 2 to 4 am. Ghosts seem almost natural. Do check out the fantail (stern) medical rooms and the old pool room. The ghost of John Pender haunts the engine room where he died in a freak accident. The forward lounge is also haunted as is the bow where the ship rammed another craft in World War Two. Many of the haunted cabins are on "M" Deck. Try to go mid-week if you can. The ghosts only come out when its quiet. Try for orbs here as well but be warned! once something jerked a camera out of my hand here and smashed it. My wristwatch broke at the same time--the spring inside twisted into a knot!

2. Creek Road, Oak View to Ojai This road has no fewer than 12 ghosts here, maybe even 13. The best known of the ghosts are: A black garbed headless horseman, A Ghost school bus from 1930s, Three floating lights, a headless motorcyclist (new take on an old story) and Char-Man! Char-Man died in a fire set by teens in the 1950s and now walks Creek Road (a lover lane) where he frightens and attacks teenagers. He hated Rock and Roll music and such toons from the 1950s will bring him out. Many of the sightings take place on or near the bridge at Camp Comfort.

3. La Purisima Mission, Lompoc Now a restored complex of adobe buildings it is called the "Williamsburg of the West." It is well haunted with at least nine ghosts, if not more, haunting here. Many may well be linked to the 1824 battle that pitted Spanish/Mexican Troops against Native American Rebels. The priests quarters are reported haunted by a phantom padre. There are reports of ghost dogs, lean greyhounds, as well as a classic women in white. The best place for ghost hunting is the old church and the weaving room. Many EVP sounds picked up here including a spectral flute.

4. The Big Yellow House The Big Yellow House, Summerland, California was founded by spiritualists as a colony. The largest home is now a restaurant and it has several ghosts. The best known in Hector who haunts the basement and the upstairs library. There is also a ghost lady in 19th Century dress in the woman's bathroom on the first floor. Do try for EVP here and I must recommend the breakfasts here. All of Summerland has stories of ghosts. For years locals called the town "Spookville".

5. Olivas Adobe Olivas Adobe is very Haunted! Olivas Adobe. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, in Ventura. This 1847 hacienda is a hot bed of supernatural activity. I believe its one of the most haunted places in the state. The sightings TV show did a program on the place and deemed it as well haunted. A ghostly lady, perhaps Rebecca Olivas, walks the place all in black. She is joined by a little girl in a white nightdress in the children's room. Many orbs taken here. Keep an eye on the children's swing in the kitchen. Some have seen it swing all by itself. A ghostly Indian servant is also seen at the house. Please also see: Ghost Lady Walks Olivas Adobe --Richard Senate  

6. Landmark 78, Ventura. The old Victorian Carlo Hain House is now a popular steak house now but, since 1969 people have seen a ghost woman here. She is called Rosa and is said to have taken her own life in what is now the ladies bathroom. Many of the witnesses are women naturally. She is seen on the stairs as well as next to the old fireplace. She wears a pink dress sometimes and other times green and blue. Many comment that her neck is very long. It is reported she hanged herself. Very active ghost and the food here is great.

7. The Stagecoach Inn The Stagecoach Inn, now a museum in Newbury Park, next to Thousand Oaks, has a persistent ghostly man. He was identified by Hans Holzer and Sybil Leek as a basque sheepman named Pierre Duvon. Legend says he was shot down in the inn by angry cowboys who hated all things connected to sheep. Pay close attention to the second floor and the family bedroom. There is a haunted crib where odd things happen and a haunted mirror.

8. Leonis Adobe, Calabasas Leonis Adobe, Calabassas is now a modern town but for years it was just a gas station and a restaurant. The restaurant is still there are serves great food. Next door is the historic Leonis Adobe, now a house museum. It has several ghosts in the old two-story building and grounds. Miguel Leonis haunts the bedroom where he died and his widow, Espiritu, haunts the balcony all dressed in Black. 9. The Glen Tavern Inn This Santa Paula Hotel and restaurant is well documented as being haunted and can provide visitors a chance to sleep with a ghost. Over the years many stars came to the Inn. Even Harry Houdini spent a night at the place. The best known ghost was a member of a silent movie western company who wears a beard and buckskin jacket. He was shot in the Inn in the mid 1929s. He likes to hang out in the ladies bathroom off the lobby and the staircase. Room 222 and 224 have ghosts as well. Phantom children are seen and heard as well as a French Perfume lady who died here suddenly. She is detected by her sweet scent. 10. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood Forever Cemetery This cemetery is the final resting place for the greats of Hollywood's Golden Age. A few are still around, so it seems. Rudolph Valentino has been seen near his crypt as well as the ghost of Clifton Webb. Other sightings, cold spots etc.. are found all over. Pay attention to the grave of forgotten actress Virginia Rappe where a sad ghost has been seen weeping. You can pick up a map of the stars graves at the flower shop at the entrance to the cemetery. Buy a rose for your favorite Star and place it upon his or her burial site.

11. Aramagosa Hotel, Armagosa ghost town. This tiny community has many stories of ghosts and the old hotel has several stories that will cause a shiver or two. Recently the focus of the TV show Mind Freak, it is at last getting the recognition it deserves. Its in the middle of the Mojave Desert and a quieter place you can't find but, be warned, they do not have air conditioning so visit in early Spring or Fall. The theater is also haunted.

12. Mission San Juan Capistrano. There are much more than swallows here at the old Spanish Mission. The place was the scene of a massive earthquake in 1812. The shaker hit right in the middle of Mass, causing the stone church to cave in. The Padres said it was angelic intervention that resulted in only 42 deaths. But, the ghosts are still there. A ghost woman has been seen in the gift shop and in the chapel. The cemetery is also haunted with many reports of EVP --some in English, some in Spanish. Even the bells are haunted and are said to ring by themselves when a member of the local Native American Tribe (all good Catholics) dies.

13. The Whaley House in Old Town San Diego The very haunted Whaley House is located in Old Town San Diego. This 1850s brick house has long been listed as a haunted spot and it lives up to its ghostly reputation. Both the inside and out is haunted so even if you don't get to go inside a trip to the place to walk the grounds. Besides that there is a great Mexican Restaurant across the street with hand made tortillas. Just down the street is the old San Diego Cemetery called the Campo Santo where a number of people have seen ghosts. At the Whaley House bring a tape recorder for stray ESP and a good nose for the scent of cigars that is found in the place. Keep a good eye out in the court room and the stairway were many people feel a choking around the neck. The Music Room and the old master bedroom has many accounts of ghost sightings. Thomas Whaley in his frock coat haunts as does his wife and daughter. There is a curious apparition of a little scotty dog seen inside and out by ghost hunters. A great place to spend the afternoon. Best time to visit--just before they close or when they first open.  

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Haunted Places in Summerland, California

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Hyatt Santa Barbara

Santa barbara, california.

As an employee, I have witnessed many supernatural things. Whether it be footsteps or a gray shadow in the corner of my eye, there has been an occurrence every week or so for me. Around the times of 2:45-4:00 A.M, our security cameras have picked up motion sensor detection in ...

Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara, established in 1786, has a graveyard that is the burial site of over 5,000 pioneers and Native Americans. Various apparitions have been seen roaming here.

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Nordhoff Cemetery

Ojai, california.

Reports say that a ghost dog has been seen here. He may dart past noiselessly, or you may hear his growls.

Victorian House

Ventura, california.

This nineteenth century private residence may no longer be haunted, but during the late twentieth century, a pair of elderly sisters lived there. They owned a set of two antique dolls, which were propped up against the attic windows to look out into the street. During the night, the ...

Ortega Adobe

The Ortega Chili Company got its start here; some of those who helped to make the company what it is today may still be here. Voices speaking Spanish are heard, disembodied faces are seen through the window, and random cold sensations come out of nowhere. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Ojai Valley Inn

Room 5 is allegedly haunted by a ghost who bangs on the closet door, from inside. People claim when they open the closet, after hearing the banging, they are greeted by a foul odor they didn't notice earlier. Some also claim to see a fancy dressed gentleman ghost ...

Mission San Buenaventura

At Mission Santa Buena Ventura, folks say you can feel a presence nearing you from the side as you leave the sanctuary through a side door to the garden. The presence seems to embrace you lightly and leave you feeling comforted. Also, some witnesses have heard the sounds of ghostly ...

Santa Clara House - Carlo Hahn House

Locals have several names for it: Santa Clara House, Big Green House, Carlo Hahn House or the Candlelight Bar and Restaurant. Whatever you call it, it is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former resident named Rosa. Rosa was an unhappy woman who was forced into marrying ...

Ventura City Hall

A woman is said to haunt the third floor of this building. She is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself in one of the jail cells. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Charman of Ojai - Creek Road

Creek Road is apparently a popular hangout for the spirit set. The most popular spook here may be the Charman. Some say he is the spirit of a firefighter pinned in by a 1948 forest fire, burned and disfigured; he ran into the woods never to be seen again. Others ...

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Earle Stanley Gardner Building

The notorious writer is the namesake of this historic building, as he worked here for many years at a law firm. Coincidentally, he also penned his first novel in the famous detective series on the premises. Nowadays, employees of various companies working in the building have reportedly heard screams ...

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Bella Maggiore Inn

Allegedly by the ghost of a prostitute who hanged herself in the 40's, the presence that haunts this Inn is called Sylvia. If you are looking for a haunted room, #17 is the one to try, reportedly the one in which she did the deed. She manifests as both ...

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Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital

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 ...

Ventura Majestic Theater

This 1920's theatre was formerly a speakeasy, and is rumoured to have some hauntings dating back to those days. The most common apparition is a gangster who was shot dead during a fight on the premises, and has been seen by theatre patrons and staff alike. The second apparition ...

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Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast

This former church makes for a unique Bed and Breakfast. The Fleur-de-Lis room is allegedly haunted by a ghost who enjoys giving foot massages and the Emperor's room is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who fell or jumped to her death from the bell ...

Old Ventura Pier

The old pier is supposed to be haunted by a man who was swept into the ocean and drowned during a squall. His ghost can be seen on the pier during stormy weather, signalling for them to leave before vanishing. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Dudley House

This 1892 Victorian-style manor house is supposed to be haunted by an ancestor of the original family. Visitors have reported a blue light that appeared in the kitchen, and a clock that hasn't worked for decades will occasionally ring out the hour, even when the time is completely wrong. (Submitted ...

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Olivas Adobe

A ghost known as the Black Lady haunts this site. She has been seen in the living room as well as on the balcony.

Fallas Paredes

Oxnard, california.

My aunt use to be manager there and she told me of strange things happening including a floating man in the stockroom that resembled a gang member who died there. (Submitted by Mark Anthony L)

Oxnard Walmart

At this Wal-Mart's toy department, the ghost of a 7- to 9-year-old Mexican-American girl in a blue dress with braids is said to bounce balls, giggle, and smile at employees. Rumor has it that the little girl was murdered in the field where the Wal-Mart was later built.

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Heritage Square Museum

There have been reports of a phantom in the church portion and spirit nicknamed Uncle Eddy in the Justin Petit House. EVPs are also picked up here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Bard Mansion - Berylwood

Port hueneme, california.

California senator Thomas R. Bard's home, built in 1912, is also known as Berylwood. The house is said to be haunted by the senator's wife, whose apparition has been seen in photographic images. Senator Bard, his servants and some soldiers are believed to haunt the house as well. Witnesses describe ...

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The Glen Tavern Inn

Santa paula, california.

There is a variety of ghostly activity reported at the Glen Tavern Inn. People claim to see full body apparitions, a ghost who likes to play the piano and assorted poltergeist activity that occurs. Some guests report that there belongings have been knocked off their dressers by unseen "presences". ...

White Lady of Highway 126

Fillmore, california.

Near a sycamore tree just off of Highway 12,6 between Hall and Sycamore Roads, a ghostly White Lady is said to appear. According to different local legends, she was either hanged from the tree or she was killed in a car accident nearby.

Camarillo State Mental Hospital - CSU Channel Islands

Camarillo, california.

Camarillo State Mental Hospital was built in 1936 and housed thousands of patients. Rumor has it that shock treatment and other inhumane practices were used here. As the years passed, compassion and scientific advences made treatments more humane. The hospital was in operaion until 1997. The building is said to ...

Pea Soup Andersens

Buellton, california.

One of the former owners, Juliette Andersen, is thought to be here. She is said to move furniture around, play with lights, and shut doors. A family who all died nearby are also said to be here in the afterlife. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

The Scary Dairy

Once the Camarillo State Hospital, Scary Dairy is a nickname for a said-to-be-haunted ruined building. Reports say the former mental hospital was either a dairy or a slaughterhouse, and it is rumored to have been the site of several murders.

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Stagecoach Inn

Thousand oaks, california.

Said to be one of California's most haunted places, the historic inn is now a museum and gift shop reported to be open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. A ghost named Pierre is said to live here, and docents say he plays pranks like rolling up the ...

California Lutheran University - Mount Clef Hall

At California Lutheran University's Mount Clef Dorm, the apparition of a young boy is said to roam the upstairs 300 hall. Mud has appeared and then disappeared in beds, and pillows have been thrown across rooms after being yanked from under sleeping residents, followed by sounds of crying and whimpering. ...

Janss House

The ghost of a former maid is thought to still reside here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Conejo Players Theatre

A ghost named Albert is known to bang on the walls and move props around. He has been photographed before. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Sycamore Park

Simi valley, california.

A white, furry apparition that walks on all fours like a gorilla has been reported here, running, along with a flash of light. Floating apparitions have been seen as well, along with a white man who sits on rocks and glowing spots in the grass that make you appear to ...

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La Purisima Mission

Lompoc, california.

Visitors to this mission may catch a glimpse of the spirits of the Chumash Indians and Spanish soldiers who died during the 1820s Chumash uprising. The mission has been featured on TV's Ghost Adventures.

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

Agoura hills, california.

According to a psychic, someone was murdered in this location; a bandit attempting to rape a woman wound up shot and soon died from his injuries. Many people will report a sense of dread while exploring here; others have reported seeing faces in the windows. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Lompoc Furniture Mart

This building was formerly the town morgue, and the apparition of a woman in period clothing has been seen walking around the upper floor of the building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Lake Malibou

"The Lady of the Lake" is the nickname given to a woman who used to swim around here before her death at an old age. She is said to wear a swimming cap and is seen either swimming to, or on the island in the middle of the lake. Another ...

Solstice Canyon

Malibu, california.

The Roberts Ranch House (AKA Tropical Terrace) was built for Fred and Florence Roberts, but burned down in 1982. Fred, who died in 1976, is thought to still be here and EVPs that are picked up are commonly attributed to him. Submitted by Chris Berglund

Highway 101 and Las Virgines

Calabasas, california.

This area is believed to be haunted by a man who was killed by drunken driver and the driver himself, said to have committed suicide over the event. The accident replays, causing living drivers to have to swerve to miss the phantom white car.

Two ghosts are seen here commonly: the first is that of a young Hispanic woman who wears a white dress; the other is that of either a settler or a cowboy. Some say that the male presence is accompanied by the ghost of a young boy. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Los Angeles, California

Krishna Venta was the founder of the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Love Fountain of the World, a cult from the mid 1950s. Two former members suspected Venta was engaging in sexual activity with their wives so, using dynamite, launched a suicide attack against the cult's headquarters (located nearby). 10 people were ...

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Saddle Peak Lodge

The Rat Pack used to commonly stay here, but it is believed this place also ties to the afterlife. A female presence in her 40's named Edith is said to be upstairs and likes to move objects around. Around the same area, a rather tough and burly figure roams ...

Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

Many of Hollywood's famous animals are buried here. Kabar, Rudolph Valentino's former Great Dane, is felt here and will often lick visitors. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Summerland, california.

The apparition of a child in a striped shirt has been seen at night running underneath Colossus. Cold spots and an eerie presences have been felt here as well, as well as the sounds of rides and machinery working when the park is closed. Rumor has it that a roller ...

Leonis Adobe Museum

Miguel Leonis, a former real estate manager, grew so powerful that people who opposed him beat him up and left him for dead. He and his wife, Espiritu, are said to be heard walking and talking on the second floor of the building. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

The Target is rumored to have a haunted storage area behind the dressing rooms. Witnesses have described noises and strange lights, loud music, and disembodied voices. Apparitions of employees who have passed away are also said to roam the store.

Sagebrush Cantina

A young woman wearing a shawl is seen in the back; a busboy or cook is also reported in the same area. A cowboy and a young boy have also been seen here and are believed to be associated with the area. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Los Toros Mexican

Cold drafts are reported, objects have been known to fly around or break by themselves, and a variety of ghostly people, both male and female (around the ages of 40 to 50) have been seen. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Santa Maria Inn

Santa maria, california.

Once a major stopping over spot for celebrities on their way in and out of California, the Santa Maria Inn's main attraction is its former star power. However, some people claim that rooms 210 and 221 are both haunted by the ghosts of former residents. Haunted activity ...

Ruiz Family Cemetery

Santa clarita, california.

The Ruiz family, as well as others who were victim to the St. Francis Dam, are said to be seen here. The cemetery itself is located on the hill behind the houses. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)

Egg Plantation

Egg Plantation has a ghost locals call "menacing." It manifests as a movement from the corner of one's eye, seen by patrons seated at the bar. When they look directly at the spot from where the movement comes, nothing is there.

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The Big Yellow House as originally built (Santa Barbara Historical Society)

Episode 2 ~ S ummerland and The Big Yellow House (July 19, 2023)

Liz tells the story of Summerland, the tiny town just south of Santa Barbara established as a Spiritualist colony, and ghosts of The Big Yellow House.

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Home Alone (Jen's favorite movie. She'll allow Home Alone 2: Lost in New York , but doesn't acknowledge the third one.)

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The Ghost that Haunted Itself: The Story of the McKenzie Poltergiest by Jan Henrickson (Summers says don't forget to put something heavy on top when you set it down!)

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Summerland The First Decade by David F. Myrick, Santa Barbara Historical Museum's Noticias (Winter 1998)

Why did so many Victorians try to speak with the dead? by Casey Cep, New Yorker Magazine (May 24, 2021) 

History of high spirits by Ann Brenoff, LA Times (June 17, 2007)

Spiritualism comes home to Summerland by Fran Davis, Coastal View News (May 14, 2019)

Spooky spots in Summerland by Evelyn Franklin, The King's Page (October 27, 2021)

Spiritualist Church of the Comforter

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H. L. William at left, founder of Summerland (Santa Barbara Historical Society)

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  12. Richard Senate Ghosts of the Central Coast

    The Big Yellow House The Big Yellow House, Summerland, California was founded by spiritualists as a colony. The largest home is now a restaurant and it has several ghosts. The best known in Hector who haunts the basement and the upstairs library. ... The very haunted Whaley House is located in Old Town San Diego. This 1850s brick house has long ...

  13. Haunted Places in Summerland, California

    Locals have several names for it: Santa Clara House, Big Green House, Carlo Hahn House or the Candlelight Bar and Restaurant. Whatever you call it, it is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former resident named Rosa. ... 19.9 miles from Summerland, CA. It is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Doctor Cephas Bard, the doctor who ...

  14. The Ghoul's Guide to SB

    Episode 2 - Summerland and The Big Yellow House. Episode 3 - The Murder of Noreen DeMartino

  15. The Big Yellow House is Back by Montecito Journal

    This is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath home in just more than 3,100 square feet a block from the upper village in Montecito. 603 San Ysidro Road - $4,995,000. This property offers a guest-house and more ...

  16. The History of The Big Yellow House Restaurants.

    The Big Yellow House Restaurants began in Summerland CA in 1973 by John and June Young. By the late 1970s, there was about 21 locations in California and Nev...

  17. BizHawk: Big Yellow House in Summerland to Welcome Big Daddy's

    The owner of Summerland's The Well, a lifestyle home and garden store at 2350 Lillie Ave., has leased the iconic Big Yellow House, 102 Pierpont Ave. Owner Shane Brown said the new place will be ...

  18. the big yellow house summerland haunted

    12 Comments Reads 7212 By John Palminteri The story about the former Big Yellow House restaurant in Summerland includes HECTOR THE GHOST, and many unexplainable events. Oddly it was tented for Halloween and one can only wonder about the coincidence.... Private citizens also wanted to know what would become of the over 7,000 square foot about on 108 Pierpont in Summerland.

  19. 10 Iconic Filming Locations of The X Files

    What about checking out that creepy Victorian mansion everyone says is haunted? That's where Lily Tomlin and Ed Eisner tried to scare Scully and Mulder to death in "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" (Season 6 Ep. 6). The house wasn't some stage set; it's a real place known as the Newhall Mansion, built in 1890 for publisher David C. Cook.

  20. The Big Yellow House in Summerland

    I loved that restaurant and their big scales, actually today I am visiting their location that was in San Diego California. Now it is a research center and I'm sitting here remembering my old good days in the 80's. All info on The Big Yellow House in Summerland - Call to book a table. View the menu, check prices, find on the map, see photos and ...

  21. PDF Reported in The Saratov "Volkszeitung"

    LIST OF SEPARATED GERMAN REFUGEE FAMILIES IN RUSSIA DURING WORLD WAR ONE AS REPORTED IN THE SARATOV "VOLKSZEITUNG" Countless German families from Poland, the Baltics, and the Western and Southwestern Provinces became separated during their

  22. Michael Farmer Meteorites

    These fragments are very nice and fresh. Saratov 1: 153 gram fragment. $306.00. Saratov 2: 373.8 gram fragment. $748.00. Saratov 3: 155.3 gram fragment. $311.00. Saratov 4: 83.5 gram fragment. SOLD. The Michael Farmer Collection of Meteorites has one of the web's largest selections of meteorites for sale, and features photographs of Michael's ...

  23. Saratov models: Radon, Tantal, Agat, Litan etc.

    The early models all had catalogue numbers stamped on the baseplates (as already mentioned). Lots of variants were often made, all sharing the same catalogue numbers, as long as the only difference between them was tampo prints (some quite famous and sought after issues were made for the 1980 Olympics - these models were produced as early as 1977 - they cost a lot more than the standard ...