McConaghy House (8/20/16): “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”

Photo One: This is a photo I took on the second floor, at the stairs, during the House tour. I am facing toward the back end of the house, where there are stairs to the attic, 2 more rooms, and a bathroom. Right now, everything but the stairs to the attic are closed to the public. In the far hall, you’ll notice a big green hat on what looks like a pile of clothes.

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I took Photo One because I’ve always felt that there was a paranormal presence in this hallway whenever I have investigated the McConaghy House. I was also drawn to the big green hat for some reason. That’s a little odd, as I don’t wear hats or notice them. So I decided to snap a photo to see if I would catch something unusual. Nothing unusual in this photo.

Photo Two: I took this photo later that evening. It’s taken from a slightly different angle than the first photo but essentially shows the same area. Notice that, now, there’s no big green hat. Is it because the angle is such that it’s there but hiding? Or did someone move the hat to another place that my camera can’t see? Keep your eyes on that beige piece of cloth at the top of the pile.

mcconaghy 8_20_16 haunted hallway no hat 1

Photo Three: This is the photo I immediately took next. Still looks like Photo Two, right?

mcconaghy 8_20_16 haunted hallway no hat 2

Photo Four: And this is the next photo I immediately took next. Wait: What’s that in the back hallway? Why, it’s a big green hat! Photos Two, Three, and Four were all taken from approximately the same angle and were all taken in rapid succession. So where did the hat come from?

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Notice how, in Photos Two, Three, and Four, you can see the same piece of beige cloth on the top of the pile. You can reference that to see that I was pretty much in the same location for each shot. Pretty cool! But, wait, it gets a little bit better.

Photo Five: This is the same photo as Photo Four with the big green hat in the hallway. There is what may be a small orb (circled in red) at the top of the stairs.

mcconaghy 8_20_16 haunted hallway suddenly hat with orb circled

Photo Six: This is the same photo as Photo Four, only this time I’ve circled in red what appears to be a flash or streak of light passing the stairway banister closest to the camera.

mcconaghy 8_20_16 haunted hallway suddenly hat with streak circled

Photo Seven: Here’s the same photo as Photo Four but with both the orb and flash of light circled.

mcconaghy 8_20_16 haunted hallway suddenly hat with both lights circled

I should note that on this evening, there was quite a lot of dust being kicked up by us. I could see dust particles through my cell phone camera lens. However, out of all the photos I took that night, Photo Four is the only time I caught a light anomaly. So it’s possible that the “orb” is a dust particle. But I don’t know dust that’s big enough to make that flash/streak of light in front of the banister.

I think there’s a relationship between the light anomalies and the reappearance of the big green hat. I will contact the Hayward Area Historical Society, which manages the McConaghy House, to see if there are reports by others of hats or other articles of clothing moving by themselves in the House.

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