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Investigation at McConaghy House in Hayward

Paranormal Investigation for members only (no guests allowed and no one under the age of 18)

Cost - $80.00 per person (payable at time of RSVP)

We will have 8 hours to investigate 3 floors and a partial basement.  We will be separated into 2 groups of 6.  Please do not wear any perfume, cologne or scented lotions - as it makes it hard to determine phantom smells. Please feel free to bring any equipment except for Ouija boards and headlamp style flashlights. You can bring food and drinks that can be left in the carriage house, which will be our setup area.

History of Death and Paranormal Activity

There are at least 7 family members known to have died in the house.  One of the most tragic being Archie McConaghy, who died on March 12, 1892 after he was run over by a piece of farming equipment.  He died in the house of internal injuries a couple hours later.

There have been claims of voices, shadow figures and doors opening.  If you have time check out Apra Paranormal's website for videos of their investigation.

Family and House History

(Information from the Hayward Area Historical Society website)

The McConaghy family built their 12-room farmhouse, tank house and carriage house in 1886. Tours of the house offer visitors a fun and informative environment to learn more about what life was like for farming families during the Victorian period. It offers adults and children alike a visual opportunity to see how much everyday things and activities have changed over the last 120 years. The McConaghy House Boutique features Victorian gifts and books for purchase to commemorate your visit.

The McConaghy Family

Neal McConaghy was born in 1828 in Antrim County, Ireland to Scottish parents. Neal arrived in America from Scotland in 1848, first settling in the Philadelphia area for several years. Stories of a rush for gold in California lured Neal west in 1853 to seek his fortune. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Neal spent a brief time in San Lorenzo before heading to gold country.

In 1858 Neal McConaghy returned to San Lorenzo. He first worked as a ranch hand and then as a farmer. Neal saved enough money to rent some land of his own, upon which he constructed a gristmill. Both the land and mill were profitable.

Using the profits from his land and mill, Neal purchased 197 acres of San Lorenzo land and built his first house at the foot of Grant Avenue in 1865. During that same year, Neal married Sara McCaw, who was also from Antrim County, Ireland. The McConaghys lived in the home on Grant Avenue for two decades. At that home a daughter and four sons were born.

In 1886, Neal purchased a parcel of land along Hesperian Boulevard (formerly known as Telegraph Road), near Bockman Road. When the McConaghy family moved into the new house, John, the youngest son, was 15 years old. John, who lived to be 100, remained in the house for the rest of his life. One of the most remarkable things about the McConaghy House is that it was owned and occupied by the same family from 1886 to 1972, or over 85 years!

The McConaghy House

The McConaghy House is a Stick-Eastlake style farmhouse. John Haar, Sr., who later became mayor of Hayward, designed and constructed the McConaghy House in 1886.

When John McConaghy died on July 6, 1972 he willed the house to Shrines’ Hospital. The following February a hearing notice was posted, alerting the community of plans to rezone the 2.47 acre residential property for retail business, meaning the 90 year old house would be torn down. Area residents Esther Jorgensen, Lucille Lorge, and Lois Over did not want to see this happen and quickly formed a committee of concerned San Lorenzo residents. The committee contacted several service organizations to adopt a resolution to save the McConaghy House.

The Hayward Area Recreation Department (HARD), who was also opposed to commercial development, purchased the McConaghy House from the Shrines’ on July 30, 1973. The Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) was given the responsibility of restoring the McConaghy House into the house museum we know today. In September 1976 the McConaghy House was finally ready to open its doors for docent tours, thanks to the help of many individuals and community organizations.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    After a delay, I am finally getting around to posting the rest of my clips from this investigation. Here is what I found in the Music Room on the 1st floor.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/07/23/mcconaghy-house-61414-in-the-music-room/

    July 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    More from the Carriage House. I am especially interested in hearing people's feedback/responses to the last clip in the post.

    The last clip involves a personal experience that happened to me when I was back at home. This is the first time that I've had an image appear to me as I was processing an investigation recording. It'll be interesting to see if I have any more experiences like this one in the future.

    I'm not saying what I saw is what really happened. All I know is what I experienced and my effort to make sense of the input.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/27/mcconaghy-house-61414-more-from-the-carriage-house/

    June 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I dont think so.....i try to keep my trap shut during a session

      June 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Clips 2 and 3the i can hear something, but i cant make it out

      June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are my clips from my recording of Laura J's recording as she played it back for us in the Carriage House at the end of the night. These are all 2nd generation recordings.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/27/mcconaghy-house-61414-from-the-group-session-in-the-carriage-house/

    June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are some clips from the SB7 session my group did in the attic. We received answers to most of the questions we asked during the session if my hearing is correct.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/18/mcconaghy-house-61414-what-the-sb7-had-to-say-in-the-attic/

    June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, I'm still hearing "Ann" and "yeah," not the other way around. I trust your hearing because it's so keen and you've been doing this for a while now.

      June 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      By the time Laura's group got to Archie's room, the spirits had already left. It was pretty quiet compared to the other areas of the House.

      June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    These are EVPs from the Basement. There were so many good EVPs from this location that I had to separate them into 2 posts. This is Part 1 and contains all 2nd generation recordings except for two 1st generation recordings that I'm offering as a comparison.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/20/mcconaghy-house-61414-in-the-basement-part-1/

    June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, man, I was hoping no one would bring that up! Guilty!

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been busy today and haven't had a chance to review anymore of my recording until now. Take a listen to this one. The post is titled, "What Rhymes with Heart?"

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/19/mcconaghy-house-61414-what-rhymes-with-heart/

    June 18, 2014

    • Tery C.

      It sounds gutteral to me too, like a "heh".

      June 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was not me and I don't think it was a release of air.

      June 20, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Great people! I loved that the flash light would just turn on by then selves.

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This has GOT to be one of us. Can my group confirm?

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/18/mcconaghy-house-61414-in-the-attic/

    June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm surprised you can't hear "dog" right after I say it. It sounds so clear and loud to me, which is why I think it's got to be John or Nick.

      June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one is for the guys in Chris' group. Did one of you make this grunt in the Front Parlor?

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/17/mcconaghy-house-61414-front-parlor-grunt/

    June 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not me

      June 16, 2014

    • Keena

      I think this sounds like John B. (living John) in our group. Clearing his throat or something...lol

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hear a complete response to Mike's question. Chris and Trey, could it be one of you replying? I know it wasn't me.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/17/mcconaghy-house-61414-front-parlor-an-answer-to-mikes-question/

    June 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know I said what I heard or thought I heard last night. And I know what it sounds like today. I wouldn't be surprised if "they" want you to hear something different from what I heard.

      June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant Tery. How many different ways can I get her name wrong?!

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a new day, so there are new EVPs! This is the "turn it off" EVP that we thought Mike said when he was turning off his DVR. Listening to it now, I'm certain Mike didn't say anything, because I hear something a bit different from "turn it off."

    There's another EVP in the clip, too. Let me know if you can make out what's being said.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/17/mcconaghy-house-61414-kitchen-get-it-off/

    June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I remember hearing something differently when we played it back in the kitchen. This recording sounds like "get off" and the one we played was more of a sentence "im going to turn it off". I will need to check with Chris' recording when I get home tonight. Hard to tell what is said at the end of the recording, but I was mumbling something. Also, when Chris asks, "was that you" , it sounds like someone from our group says yes

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am just starting my review of my recording from last night. Usually, it takes me about 5 or 6 days to start listening to a new recording of an investigation. However, this time I've started right away, as it seems like there was good activity in the house last night.

    I need some help in figuring out this clip. Can you identify if one of us might have said these things?

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/15/mcconaghy-house-61414-first-possible-set-of-evps/

    June 15, 2014

    • Keena

      I didn't say "sucks" either and it's not normally something I would say ;-)

      June 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hear "help me sort it out."

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, the Music Room was very active! Here's an interesting clip. It's long so give it some time.

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/16/mcconaghy-house-61414-music-room-conversation/

    June 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Opps! I corrected Tery's name. Thanks for catching that!

      June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    To the people in Chris's group: Take a listen to this clip and let me know if the name you hear is yours or somehow related to you. Great question, Mike!

    http://www.ghostworld.org/2014/06/16/mcconaghy-house-61414-first-round-of-questions-in-the-front-parlor/

    June 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wonder if there's a connection between "Paul" to one of us, to the McConaghy family, and/or the land. There's no connection to me. This is one example of many in which the humans ask a question and there's an EVP answer. The spirits were very communicative! I'll post more later today.

      June 16, 2014

    • Keena

      No Paul for me.

      June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Laura and the docents for another great investigation. I enjoyed the chance to investigate with everyone and meet some new people. The snack break was great, thanks to everyone who brought something to share, especially Laura. I'm going over my recording now and am finding some nice EVPs that I will post later. Oh, and Elizabeth, what rhymes with habit? :-)

    June 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris, you did a great job of leading the group!

      June 15, 2014

  • Tery C.

    I don't have anything to compare it to but I thought it was well planned out and very professional.

    June 15, 2014

  • Tery C.

    I had a great time with you all last night, I learned a lot about investigations and look forward to learning more. I think I have felt John McConaghy's presence regularly in the house and am excited to have made contact with Archie and their mom, Sarah now.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Keena

    Thank you Laura and docents for a great investigation. Our group had lots of EVP's and experienced some areas of the house that had weird energy such as the attic and second floor bathroom. I didn't feel too good in the part of the attic near the front of the house and had an uneasy/sick feeling but felt better once out of that area. I really enjoyed the pendulum work Chris did and the confirmations that the spirits recognised those people that were at the house before. I loved the architecture and stained glass windows around the front door. Overall, I had a great time and enjoyed our experiences and hearing about past paranormal events that occurred at this historic house.

    June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Laura and the docents for another great investigation. Some great captured Evp's, especially in Archie's room, despite the fact that Ann jumped ship (lol). Dowsing rods worked well and I really enjoyed the extended b.s. session in the basement. Thanks for the tasty snacks and I'm entertaining the thought of bringing a snow cone or cotton candy machine to the next outing. Have fun to most of you next week at Hotel Leger and Chris and I just may be in the neighborhood (lol).....Yes, i know it's 4:30 in the morning as i write this.

    June 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      What was really nice about "jumping ship" from one group to the other is that I got to investigate with everyone! Call me a free agent.....

      June 15, 2014

  • Allan R.

    I may have to leave early...I assume that is ok?

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we want to, can we bring snacks for the break?

    June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was thinking about bringing a nacho fountain with a medley of chips ...after further thought, I will bring some brownies

      2 · June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll bring the jalapenos!

      1 · June 12, 2014

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