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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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  • Marcy J

    Ok one more. This is from the basement when we were noticing the shadow creatures scurrying. You can hear a man commenting OVER us talking and I think he's referring to these shadows

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/shadows-in-basement-mcconaghy

    May 22, 2014

    • Marcy J

      I think that was April or Pam saying they saw something crawling..I can't hear the "what"..I'­ll try w headphones. That spirit was saying some pretty rude stuff..

      May 22, 2014

  • Marcy J

    I located the pet parade question asked in the carriage house. Pet and parade haters apparently

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/spirits-hate-pet-parades

    May 22, 2014

  • Marcy J

    This is a funny evp from the basement. Sounds like something "my" spirit would say but that isn't his voice..

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/turn-flashlight-off-basement-mcconaghy

    May 21, 2014

    • Marcy J

      You know, it seems to be a double evp. I hear a guy gruffly saying "I'm not movin". But somebody else heard "F*ck no". Now if I listen for one or the other I will hear it..odd, yes?

      May 22, 2014

  • Marcy J

    I haven't really listened to any of the recordings except just now I started to play the first one we made in the attic and I heard a child's voice. Sounds like "thank you" or "same to you" (when slowed down)

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/attic-evp

    May 20, 2014

    • Marcy J

      funny voice..sounds like a really young girl..maybe 5-6?

      May 21, 2014

  • Quentin J.

    It was great seeing everyone at this investigation. It seemed to me that the McConaghy's weren't really vocal at all, unlike the previous times I've been to the house. There seemed to be a few other spirits who dropped in though. I think that when we've all got our equipment together in a house like that it acts like a beacon and they come from all around to see what's going on or to try to communicate. I haven't listened to my recorder yet though, so I still might hear some John or Mary EVP's.
    Some highlights for me were the dowsing rods in Archie's room, where we were talking to Joaquin Murietta. The little girl that came through in the attic and was playing with the REM-Pod and left us some EVP's. But most of all, I'm still buzzing from the crazy shadow creatures that we saw scurrying in the basement. I was watching that area the whole time and saw one shaped like a rat with a tail & one that was a spider as big as a rat. I don't see how that could have been a moth.

    1 · May 20, 2014

    • Quentin J.

      Laura - I was thinking that we should have a "Evidence Review" party or something like that. Where people can bring the evidence that they've found on your investigations and share it with everyone in attendance. We'd just need a reasonably quiet room with a TV and a computer with good external speakers. It'd be cool if we could have the more experienced people do some training on how they work with recordings, go through video, etc. Marcy posts everything to Soundcloud but I'm sure there are many people who aren't very technical and would benefit from some training.

      May 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very good idea. I would be very interested in attending such an event.

      May 21, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Here's another one from the attic. Pam & I are saying we've been hearing whispering and then a spirit says "They don't listen well". You may need headphones to hear it.

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/did-somebody-whisper

    May 21, 2014

  • Mariah

    I promise in the next day or two I will download some great interactive EVPs I captured in the main bedroom...a lovely Class A correcting Chris regarding my REM pod going off and a lady responding to one of Michele's questions regarding present energy: "I'm not a McConaghy."

    May 20, 2014

    • Michele

      Chris,

      May 20, 2014

    • Michele

      Great group and great team! Chris, I have some EVPs of your mother. I will email the files to you.

      1 · May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Laura, docents, and our group's docent,Dana, for a wonderful investitation. I have not been able to review my audio recordings for EVP's, but i hope to do so today. I found the basement the most interesting and the dowsing rods answered many unique questions. Thank you all for the positive energy and great investigation. As always, I look foward to the next investigation.

    2 · May 19, 2014

    • Mariah

      You asked some really great questions too!

      May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The investigation was great. Several interesting EVPs during the evening - can't wait to listen to all the evidence. Laura - great job as always with organizing the event!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Marcy J

    I investigated here last year and can confirm that John, Florence and Mary are still around. I don't know about Archie or Neal Jr & Neal Sr. Some *very* clear convos captured on the SB7 spirit box at this location as well as a disembodied moan that was heard by the group but not captured on the recorder. It's a pretty active location so I'm excited to go back-I like this family a lot.

    May 1, 2014

    • Marcy J

      LOL no worries! I wish I could see an apparition. Brandon from APRA went out into the hallway and heard "What the f--- are you looking at?" when we were there investigating but he didn't actually see anyone. You're lucky you're able to see them. When we were there they had a laser grid set up in the attic and something completely blocked it out. Got some good spirit box activity up there too. When we visited during the day I caught a funny EVP when I was telling Quent I thought my recorder was on earlier-you hear someone (Florence, I think) say "It wasn't" https://soundcloud.com...­

      May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooh right in my backyard! But I'm on the fence ob this one...

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Steve

    Did you know that Governor Pardee was a cousin to Sarah Winchester Pardee of the Winchester Mystery House fame?

    1 · March 18, 2014

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