Shari Sullivan greeted the people coming for the tour, with posters,
artifacts, and pictures brought by Mike Boulland.
Mike Boulland talked to the guests waiting by the bus.
Shari Sullivan was dressed as
Maria Zacharias Berryessa. Mike was dressed as Jose Reyes Berryessa.
They related the tragic story of the Berryessa family, who owned
property in the Almaden Valley. Many members of the Berryessas,
including Jose, were murdered to seize their property.
Martha Kelley wore her Halloween hat. She works at Almaden Media
Services, which is in the building behind her.
We got on the bus. The bus
travelled down Camden Avenue and then went through IBM's Almaden
Research Center and Santa Teresa County Park.
In the bus, near Bernal School,
Mike talked about ghost sightings in the school. On the left of the bus
is the Pedro Bernal/Bonetti House, which has a cross in its
backyard. We turned left on Curie Drive and passed by the Pyzak
Ranch and Bear Tree Lot. Mike talked about the bull and bear fights
held there and about Indian bones that were found nearby. The neighbors
reported seeing ghosts of Indians.
We arrived at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch. We greeted park
interpreter Heidi McFarland.
Robin Schaut, manager of the
interpretive programs for the County Parks, gave a talk in the barn to
half of the group, pointing out the timeline and historical artifacts.
In the meantime, the other half of the group toured the Bernal Ranch
Later, the groups switched places, and Mike gave a talk in the barn
about the historical of the ranch and the families that lived there.
Afterwards, we left the barn and headed down the path to Santa Teresa
We walked along the path through the field below the spring.
Mike talked about the mining and farming activities that took place in
Rancho Santa Teresa.
At Santa Teresa Spring, on the
lower platform by the pond below, called Dottie's Pond. Mike told the
legend of how Dottie, one of the Bernals, was said to have been pulled
under the water of the pond by a giant hand.
We went up to the upper platform
next to Santa Teresa Spring. Mike talked about the legend of the
Black-Robed Woman and how the spring was named after St. Teresa of
The water was flowing at Santa Teresa Spring, as it does year-round.
Some people have seen the image of St. Teresa on the rocks behind the
Afterwards, we walked back to the bus and rode through Santa Teresa
Park and IBM again to the Almaden Valley. We drove into New Almaden,
stopping off in front of several houses along the way, where Mike told
of haunting experiences of the residents. He also talked about the Casa
Grande, which was under construction. He played a video interview with
one of the park interpreters who told about her ghostly encounters in
the Casa Grande.
We arrived for dinner at the New Almaden Community Club, which was
decorated in a
ghostly theme. Many volunteers helped to put together the dinner.
Kitty Monahan makes sure the dinner line is setup for the guests. The
food was prepared by Jennifer De Ghuee
and her family.
Volunteers helping with the dinner included Dot Wilson and students
from Leland High School.
The dinner included salad, rolls, pasta with meatballs and sausage,
cookies, and cake.
Mike welcomed everyone to the dinner. He showed a video interview with
the custodians at Bernal School, who saw ghosts there at night.
Mike's wife, Dorene (in the doorway), helped with the dinner and
greeted the guests.
After dinner, we walked over to the Hacienda Cemetery, where we were
greeted by one-armed Bertram Barrett.
Bertram lost his arm in an
accident, which was buried in the Hacienda cemetery. Bertram was buried
in Oak Hill Cemetery. Legend has it that his arm can be seen searching
for the rest of his body.
Entering the cemetery, Bertram's arm climbed up the sign.
The grave of little Jenny Danielson
The grave of Bertram Barrett's arm.
Mike told stories of the pioneers buried in the cemetery.
Afterwards, we headed back to the bus and returned to the parking lot
by the Country Inn.
- Organizations: Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation
Dept., New Almaden Community Club, New Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Association, Friends of Santa Teresa Park, IBM, Kiwanis Club of Almaden
Valley, Leland High School volunteers
- Cooking and dining: Jennifer De Ghuee, Mike De Ghuee, Sam
De Ghuee, Rachael De Ghuee, Kitty Monahan, Robbie Lamos, Bill Jones,
Dorene Boulland, Dot Wilson