Joseph D. Grant County Park
San Jose, California
By Chuck Thurston
The land of Grant Park was first inhabited by Ohlone Indians. In 1839, a 15,000 acre Mexican Land Grant was awarded to Jose de Jesus Bernal and was named Rancho Canada de Pala. Jose de Jesus and his two brothers built adobes around a pond on a ridge overlooking the Santa Clara valley. They pastured cattle and horses on this land. In 1849, the southern third portion of the land was sold to Samuel Q. Broughton. Joseph D. Grant, the son of a dry goods merchant, acquired his first portion of acreage at the age of 22. By 1890, he owned 2,619 acres. Eventually he owned all the acreage which encompasses the present day park which totals approximately 10,000 acres.
He remodeled the original house, which was built in 1882, adding on many additional rooms, a cookhouse, servants quarters, a rose garden and aviary.
J.D. Grant died in 1942. His wife, Edith, died in 1946. The children owned the property but one daughter, Josephine, purchased shares of the house and became the sole owner. She became a full time resident in 1958 and remained until her death in 1972. The property was purchased by Santa Clara County in 1975 to be preserved as a park. The park was opened to the public in 1978. The house now serves as the park's headquarters and museum.
Today, the spirit of one of the daughters is believed to haunt one of the upstairs bedrooms inside the main house. Visitors have reported getting shoved out of her room if they entered without permission, having their hair pulled and other various experiences.
Also very loud and seemingly violent crashing sounds have been heard coming from Joseph Grant's upstairs bedroom, as if furniture was being smashed, only to find everything in perfect order upon entering the room.
I was on a Halloween Night Tour of the house in 2005. While there, I
got several photos with orbs. Now I usually don't get too excited over
orbs, since most of them are nothing but flash illuminated dust too close to the
lens, bugs, water vapor and the like. But a few were more interesting, appearing to be partially behind an
object some distance away from me (i.e.. not dust, bugs, pollen or water
There is a small debate on what a true orb actually is.... The ghost itself, or as many paranormal researchers believe, electrically energized air, known as plasma, and could be the result of spirit activity.
Anyway, here's the more interesting ones.... have a look:
|This orb appears to be located somewhere on the other side of the banister railing, which was at least four feet away from the camera.|
|This orb appears to be located on the other side of the ceiling edge, which was at least ten feet away from the camera.|
|OK, reflected images in mirrors are always a bit of a risk. Like orbs, they can be many things not paranormal. Our brain works to find recognizable patterns and shapes in things, but this is worth the look. I do know there was nothing behind me, between the mirror and the window/window shade on the opposite side of the room at the time.|
2006 - 2007
More Recent EVP's. These recordings were made using a simple digital voice recorder and an external condenser microphone at around Noon to 2 PM on the days listed. Areas covered include the front door and back porch, as well as a old Snell Barn some distance away.
Results of this type also prove a point.....
Spirit activity may be more common at night, but it doesn't mean the spirits
aren't around in the day time as well.
As with any EVP, what I hear may radically differ from what you may hear, if anything. When hearing EVP's, no two people rarely seem to hear the same thing. That's part of the mystery concerning them. When listening to EVPs, it's best to use headphones, and repeat the file several times turning up the volume as required. Some voices are barely a whisper, while some are loud.
|*** Warning ***|
Many of these files contain graphic language, of an adult nature.
Parental Guidance is advised.
Filtered (hiss reduction)
What I think it says...
Date Recorded: 2006-12-26 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch )
|B1_2006_12_26_0007||B1_2006_12_26_0007_soap||"I know what you're doing over there... I know what your doing"|
|B1_2006_12_26_0135||B1_2006_12_26_0135_soap||bird hoot and then a guy says "and I won't talk"|
|B1_2006_12_26_0144||B1_2006_12_26_0144_soap||"Will you just listen, please" while a bird chirps|
|B1_2006_12_26_0151||B1_2006_12_26_0151_soap||"Tell me, John, Tell me somethin', please" with a bird chirping|
|B1_2006_12_26_0221||B1_2006_12_26_0221_soap||"I just don't trust you... I don't know... I don't know!"|
|B1_2006_12_26_0341||B1_2006_12_26_0341_soap||man says "Now what are these strange things?"|
|B2_2006_12_26_0212||B2_2006_12_26_0212_soap||man speaking Spanish "Amous, No sabe' " meaning his name is Amous and he "doesn't know". However, in proper Spanish, this is being said incorrectly. Giving the idea it's a person trying to speak Spanish and not as if it was their normal language.|
|B2_2006_12_26_0447||B2_2006_12_26_0447_soap||funny sounding giggle and hiccup, then he says "It's gettin' cold"|
|B2_2006_12_26_0503||B2_2006_12_26_0503_soap||man say's something like "Moshef" and then the sound of a drum beat. I think this is an Indian word.|
Date Recorded: 2006-12-30 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch )
|A1_2006_12_30_0018||A1_2006_12_30_0018_soap||(make sure nobody comes out of the tower) "Trust me, we won't"|
|A1_2006_12_30_0019_to_40||A1_2006_12_30_0019_to_40_soap||Larger time period including a few of the EVPs below, and more. My wife and I are talking about the walls and acorns stuffed in the window frame at the time.|
|A1_2006_12_30_0028||A1_2006_12_30_0028_soap||"leave me alone, paranormal help"|
|A1_2006_12_30_0033||A1_2006_12_30_0033_soap||woman says "Are you still angry with Roger?" man says "That's not funny"|
|A1_2006_12_30_0120||A1_2006_12_30_0120_soap||man says "But why?" woman says "They think I'm here"|
|A1_2006_12_30_0131||A1_2006_12_30_0131_soap||"They trust you with me, don't they?"|
|A1_2006_12_30_1338||A1_2006_12_30_1338_soap||This is a long and too busy to even describe, other then to say nobody was talking anywhere within range of the recorder at the time. Multiple voices and appears to be several conversations going on.|
|A1_2006_12_30_1710||A1_2006_12_30_1710_soap||"That's what I would ask.." while the sound of a small plane flies overhead|
|A1_2006_12_30_1751||A1_2006_12_30_1751_soap||(tell me your name) "Chuck, I don't give a f**k, OK."|
|B1_2006_12_30_0529||B1_2006_12_30_0529_soap||sounds of a drum beat and a man say's something like "Moshet". I think this is an Indian word.|
|B2_2006_12_30_0725||B2_2006_12_30_0725_soap||man saying "I can't see what you're talking about" as I was looking in the window earlier and describing for the recorder what I could see in the house|
|B2_2006_12_30_0731||B2_2006_12_30_0731_soap||"We don't want Dekita to tell her, Deki... to talk" Dekita is Hispanic woman's name.|
Date Recorded: 2007-01-07 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch )
|A3_2007_01_07_0938||A3_2007_01_07_0938_soap||Jill and I are talking about the windows.... (If ya wanted in you could get in... I guess you could... pretty easy but) then a man says something like "Mutah" (... sure there creeps that would break in)|
|A3_2007_01_07_1352||A3_2007_01_07_1352_soap||"Will you please help me?" then I whisper (Anyone here?)|
Date Recorded: 2007-01-14 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch )
|P210_200701141236_1853||P210_200701141236_1853_soap||Indian chanting something|
|P210_200701141306_0024||P210_200701141306_0024_soap||something in Indian like "Kantaweis" I say (ah) and the sounds of an Indian's chant again|
|P210_200701141306_0418||P210_200701141306_0418_soap||Indian saying something|
|P210_200701141306_0447||P210_200701141306_0447_soap||Indian saying something|
|P210_200701141306_0543||P210_200701141306_0543_soap||Several things being said by the same Indian. I wanted to go bitch at the guy with the leaf blower, but he's got a job to do too.|
|P320_200701141234_0138||P320_200701141234_0138_soap||I'm not sure what this says|
|P320_200701141234_0147||P320_200701141234_0147_soap||I'm not sure what this says|
|P320_200701141234_0400||P320_200701141234_0400_soap||Something I can't make out, followed by "Kick him out OK, just kick him out"|
|P320_200701141234_0509||P320_200701141234_0509_soap||noise of a small plane overhead and an Indian says "Mashefi"|
|P320_200701141234_0817||P320_200701141234_0817_soap||(I heard somebody say something like "Amos, No sabe" which means you don't understand) and a man says "Ama, that was you"|
Date Recorded: 2007-01-21 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch - Snell Barn)
|P210_200701211259_0011||P210_200701211259_0011_soap||more bird noises while first male asks "Are they after you?", second softer male voice says "I don't know...... I don't think so"|
|P210_200701211259_1044||P210_200701211259_1044_soap||"You got the power to use it"|
|P210_200701211259_1207||P210_200701211259_1207_soap||I'm not sure what this says|
|P210_200701211259_1351||P210_200701211259_1351_soap||first male says "I'm right behind ya" then the second male says "Oh fine"|
|P210_200701211314_1618||P210_200701211314_1618_soap||Kathy says "Look, I wouldn't think this would be too good for the wood being covered up like this", the other recorder makes a beep, and a woman says "Good morning..... Who do we have?"|
|P320_200701211215_0000||P320_200701211215_0000_soap||Snell Barn: woman screams and a male say "What the f..."|
|P320_200701211215_0121||P320_200701211215_0121_soap||Snell Barn: woman says "Jacob hurt me", male says "You, shut up!", and the woman says "I don't want to"|
|P320_200701211215_0311||P320_200701211215_0311_soap||Snell Barn: while photographing an odd shaped lump of rope tied to the rafters, I say "Pretty funny visual whatever it is" and a male says "Shit!"|
|P320_200701211250_0008||P320_200701211250_0008_soap||first male says "That F**cker", second male says "Some language"|
|P320_200701211250_0022||P320_200701211250_0022_soap||I say "If there's anybody here who'd like to say anything, say your name, why you're here..." a soft male voice says "What the f**k" and another male answers "No reason"|
Date Recorded: 2007-02-04 ( Main House - Front and Back Porch )
|P210_20070204_1108_1542||P210_20070204_1108_1542_soap||I say "If you're here, you want to be here, that's fine" then a male answer's "...Except for the human" meaning me I suppose. lol|
|P210_20070204_1108_1556||P210_20070204_1108_1556_soap||I'm not sure what this says|
|P210_20070204_1141_0004||P210_20070204_1141_0004_soap||female voice says "Weren't we?"|
|P320_20070204_1205_0028||P320_20070204_1205_0028_soap||male says "You f**king bastard" followed by a female saying "I wasn't saying anything, honey"|
|P210_20070204_1231_1851||P210_20070204_1231_1851_soap||female voice says "Don't you hit me"|
|P210_20070204_1231_1927||P210_20070204_1231_1927_soap||male says "Why don't you shut the f**k up!"|
|P210_20070204_1231_2053||P210_20070204_1231_2053_soap||voice says "You're not helping"|
|P210_20070204_1231_2302||P210_20070204_1231_2302_soap||male says "You .. bastard"|
|P210_20070204_1257_0155||P210_20070204_1257_0155_soap||voice says "Shut the f**k up!"|
|20070204125458_0100||20070204125458_0100_soap||a voice says something I can't make out followed by a male voice saying "Shit!"|
|20070204125458_0118||20070204125458_0118_soap||male voice says "Hey motherf**ker.."|
|20070204125458_0045||20070204125458_0045_soap||woman's voice says "You're weakened!", then after a long pause a man's voice says "Don't move it!"|
|20070204125458_0512||20070204125458_0512_soap||male says "You .. bastard"|
Date Recorded: 2007-02-17 ( Snell Barn )
|20070217100429_soap_0119||20070217100429_0119_soap||I ask "Is there anyone here?" followed by the sound of a bird chirping and soft male voice says "There is"|
|P210_20070217_0948_0200||P210_20070217_0948_0200_soap||a voice says "I'm trying to.."|
|P210_20070217_0948_0235||P210_20070217_0948_0235_soap||I had just asked what it was Jacob had done to the woman I heard before at this barn, a male voice says "I couldn't.. due to the fact I'm hurt with herpes"|
|P210_20070217_0948_0309||P210_20070217_0948_0309_soap||in reference to names, I ask "What was Jacob's?", a garbled voice says "It was Singleton"|
Date Recorded: 2007-03-10 ( Main House - Back Porch )
|P210_20070310_1309_0735||P210_20070310_1309_0735_soap||recording on the back porch of the main house while some cute little kids play on the grass near by..... first voice says "Those kids.." followed by another voice that says "We have to watch the little kids" then one of the girls starts saying "la la ......."|
Date Recorded: 2007-03-17 ( Snell Barn ) Sorry, there's a lot of popping sounds due to wind.
|20070317103636_0407||20070317103636_0407_soap||"I believe that to be so, I.." "Hey" "you know", then while I say "I think you'll know more then I do" he says "You gotta be kidding me"|
|P210_20070317_0921_0149||P210_20070317_0921_0149_soap||"So if it's, If it's you, please speak up" "We're not supposed to talk to anyone..."|
|P210_20070317_0921_0406||P210_20070317_0921_0406_soap||"What is this stupid contraction?"|
|P210_20070317_0956_0038||P210_20070317_0956_0038_soap||"Chuck..... F**k off!"|
|P210_20070317_0956_0336||P210_20070317_0956_0336_soap||While I say "I sorry you guys are in the position you're in, I don't know if.." a male voice says "We know you like us. We like you, too"|
|P210_20070317_1033_0009||P210_20070317_1033_0009_soap||"a**hole" (So much for liking me I suppose. hehe)|
|P210_20070317_1033_0530||P210_20070317_1033_0530_soap||"Who are you?" "It wasn't me"|
|P210_20070317_1033_0553||P210_20070317_1033_0553_soap||"What a f**k ass"|
|P320_20070317_0941_0040||P320_20070317_0941_0040_soap||(sounds like two different voices) "It's useless, stupid bitch" "You f**king bastard"|
|P320_20070317_0941_1020||P320_20070317_0941_1020_soap||male saying the name "Dale Rosebridge"|
OK, this one isn't paranormal, but it's worth
Ghosts don't scare me, but a ~2.5 foot rattlesnake sure does. That's no baby rattle....
Date Recorded: 2007-03-31 ( Main House - Inside )
|DS300048_2224||DS300048_2224_soap||Upstairs, "Ron" and I talk about the location of the house and use of the land by the prior Indians. I hear a male voice say "Stop... You old fool"|
|DS300048_2503||DS300048_2503_soap||Downstairs in the office, we're talking about the old desk and you can hear the other female Park Ranger's voices in the background. "You piss off"|
Date Recorded: 2007-08-12 ( Main House - Front Porch ) Sorry, there's a lot of popping sounds due to wind.
|DS300098_0008||DS300098_0008_soap||I'd set up the recorder leaning against the base of a tree near the porch, and recorded this just after the recorder had fallen over "It worked"|
Summary To Date:
Based on the numerous EVP's, and the presence of what appear to be true orbs, I conclude the house and barn are haunted. The type of haunting (i.e. intelligent or residual) isn't identifiable, yet. A few of the EVPs appear to be non-interactive, and could be the result of a residual haunt (like a playback of a past event in time). Yet many EVPs do appear to be interactive and would indicate at least several human spirits.
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