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Peninsula School –
Place — Peninsula School
920 Peninsula Way
Menlo Park, California 94025
Web Link * (650) 325-1584
Built in 1880, by James Coleman, as a
wedding gift for James' young wife, Carmelita, this $100,000,
magnificent mansion was the Coleman's newlywed home for only a
brief time, due to the tragic, accidental shooting of Carmelita
which happened in a San Francisco hotel.
After Carmelita's death, John sold the
mansion, never to live in it again. The Mansion changed owners a
lot over the years, with no one staying too long. In 1906, a young
woman threw herself down one of the steep stairways and killed
herself. In 1925, The Peninsula School bought the Coleman Mansion
and soon realized that a resident ghost, Carmelita Coleman, also
came with the sale.
There are 50 years of stories told by
children and adults of seeing an apparition of a thin woman dressed
in green, of shimmering lights and of unexplained footsteps, which
have continued to this day. A former director thinks this resident
ghost likes the children & staff, and is a kindly presence in
the school, as she likes to appear a lot and has never hurt anybody
at the school.
At a sleep-in at the school, a whole class of children and their
teacher, Starr, saw a green, see-through woman who was looking and
studying them for 5 minutes. All twenty children drew pictures
later of a green, shimmering woman.
Starr also met this green woman ghost at another instance while
alone in a pitch dark hallway. Upon seeing her, he turned on the
light. She didn't disappear, so Starr and the green lady ghost just
studied each other for a time.
In front of his awe-struck friends, a student ran right through
the green lady ghost when she suddenly appeared to them.
A San Francisco medium, Macelle Brown, and
fifty people held a seance at the school. Talking through the
medium, the green lady confirmed common knowledge that she was
indeed Carmelita Coleman and told them an unknown The story of her
unhappy marriage, her lover, her very jealous husband and her claim
that she was murdered.
However, a surprise presence, claiming to
be Carmelita's father , R. Nuttail, communicated through the medium
that Carmelita's claims were "hog wash". He set everyone straight
on the point that it actually was his money, not Coleman's, that
was used to build this mansion, which is now their school. Thus, he
had the right to be there. R. Nuttail further explained that from
time to time, he likes to "visit" this school to watch the students
and school activities. Nuttail enjoys children, likes to see their
progress, as well as the modern improvements made at the school. He
means no harm to anyone.
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