I recently attended a conference at Hayes Mansion in San Jose. It is one of those old plantation mansions that seems to have a long and mysterious history. The matriarch of the family, Mary Hayes Chynoweth, commissioned an architect to build this mansion after the original structure burned down in 1899. She died before it was completed but some say her ghost lives on in the house (some = me). You can still see pictures of the family around the house which just adds to the eerie appeal of the place. I would have loved to stay the night and see if I experienced any paranormal activity, but alas, it was not to be. I am a masochist when it comes to ghost stories!