was scared. One could see that in her eyes
that night. I had seen that look many times
in the past. It was the look of a person who
had seen a ghost, a frightening ghost.
The young woman in question
was a volunteer helping during one of the
ghost tours offered at the historic Olivas
Adobe in Ventura, California, and her job
was to greet the public as they came in. Those
who took the tour that night did see things
and managed to take pictures of mysterious
“orbs” in the old 1847 hacienda
that night, but the poor volunteer got the
worst of it. I doubt she will volunteer again.
She was alone at the gate to the parking lot
with her clip board. Her job was to greet
people and check them in from the sign-up
list. She later said she felt odd as if someone
or something was watching her. Then, something
caught her eye. She turned and, by the flagpole,
not ten feet away, she saw a woman standing
there. The figure was wearing a long white
dress and had long black hair that hung below
her shoulders. The most startling thing about
the woman were her eyes--she had none! The
place were eyes should be were nothing but
bloody pits, as if her eyes were cruelly ripped
away by some fiend. The figure of the eyeless
phantom then slowly vanished.
Over the years there have
been many sightings of ghosts at the historic
Olivas Adobe, but no one has ever told of
such a horrific apparition. Not long after
that encounter, one of the women on the tour
inside the house asked who was on the site,
because she saw a woman with long hair and
a long white dress from the balcony. The woman
was walking in the rose garden! Who is the
mysterious Lady in White and what happened
to her eyes?
An answer came from another group that visited
the site months after the sightings of the
They found the upstairs
children’s room most active with cold
spots and thing even moving. A sort of code
was set up using dowsing rods. From this crude
attempt at spirit communication a bizarre
story came forth.
The ghost, spirit or essence called herself
Maria and she confessed to be a Native American
servant girl who once worked at the house.
The house needed many servants to operate
and many were former Native Americans from
the California Missions. She said that she
was murdered in the house and buried not far
away. A Yankee visited the ranch and was a
guest of the Olivas Family. He saw Maria and
wanted her. He presented the young girl with
simple gifts and fancy words. At last, he
lured her into the storage room off the kitchen.
When she complained, he took a knife and cut
out her eyes! After he had his way with her,
the Yankee strangled her, hiding the body
under some bags of goods. He then left the
hacienda, riding south toward Los Angeles.
The cook found the body not an hour after
the killer had left and alerted the family.
They were livid that their hospitality was
repaid with such barbarism. The Olivas son’s
mounted their fine thoroughbred horses and
went in pursuit. Their fine animals caught
up to the fleeing Yankee near Saticoy Springs.
One of the sons, a skilled vaquero, lassoed
the murderer by the neck and pulled him from
the saddle. They dragged him back to the adobe
where the victim’s father waited in
tears. He ran to what was left of the Yankee
and stabbed him in the heart. The killer was,
most likely, dead at this time, but vengeance
was called for. The murderer’s body
was tossed into the quick sand of the near-by
Santa Clara River and never found.
Not one bit of evidence exists that this story
is true, but, justice was swift in old California
and such a reaction seems in keeping with
the times. The ghostly presence said that
she was glad that justice was swift and her
abuser and murderer was slain. Is this the
answer to the story of the eyeless ghost woman?
Who can say? Many times, when a ghost can
tell their tale they just vanish away. Let’s
hope the ghost woman has moved on to a better
place, that place we all must go when our
The Olivas Adobe, located
in Ventura, California, is an adobe built
in 1837 by Don Raymundo Olivas.
Olivas received approximately
2,250 acres as part of land grant from Governor
Juan Bautista Alvarado, which he named Rancho
San Miguel, in recognition of his service
at the Presidio of Santa Barbara. The land
had originally been part of Mission San Buenaventura,
but was appropriated during the secularization
of the missions.
He expanded the building
in 1849 to two stories, making it the only
such building in the area. He and wife and
their 21 children lived here until 1899. It
later became part of Max Fleischman's holdings
(of yeast and margarine fame), and it was
he who donated the land and the house to the
City of Ventura.
The adobe is rumored to
be haunted by a woman ghost and is listed
as one of Ventura County's few haunted locations.
The adobe is registered
as California Historical Landmark #115 and
is listed on the National Register of Historic
The Olivas Adobe is located
at 4200 Olivas Park Dr. in Ventura. The grounds
are open daily 10:00am to 4:00pm and the adobe
is open on weekends 10:00am to 4:00pm For
more information call 805-644-4346
Web Site: Olivas Adobe
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