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Stevenson House –
Place - Stevenson House
530 Houston Street
Monterey, California 93940
The Stevenson House is a museum which is
located in Monterey State Park, at 530 Houston Street. The museum
is open every day but Wednesday, from 10 -11 am and from 1-4 pm.
One must make reservations in advance for the tour.
In the 1800s, the dwelling was a boarding
house, and had a famous author, Robert Louis Stevenson, staying
there. Although the house was named for Stevenson, it was owned and
run by Manuela Giradin, who was also a devoted mother and
During the summer of 1879, Mrs. Manuela
Giradin's husband caught the dreaded typhoid fever and died.
Unfortunately, Manuela's two much-loved grandchildren came down
with typhoid fever as well, in early December of 1879. Manuela
devotedly nursed her two grandchildren both day and night, probably
exhausting herself. Alas, Manuela also caught the fever and died on
December 21st, without knowing that her grandchildren pulled
through due to her efforts.
Most people, including the curator,
Barbara, think that the ghost of Manuela Giradin is the cause of
these manifestations, as she relives the last sorrowful weeks of
her life. Most incidents happen in the house's nursery, almost
always during the first 3 weeks of December.
The nursery rocking chair will begin rocking all by itself,
propelled by an unseen presence.
Visitors to the house will smell the sickroom disinfectant,
carbolic acid, which was used in the 1800s.
- 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.
Barbara, while preparing to close the
museum for the afternoon, spied this woman in a long, black gown,
with a high lace collar, looking intently down at the children's
bed in the nursery. Barbara told this woman that it was time to
close the museum, and the woman, looking straight at her, nodded
that she understood. When Barbara looked again, the woman had