Winchester Mystery House | Things To Do Near Our Office
The Winchester Mystery House is one of kind. It is a labyrinth-like mansion built in San Jose, CA and known for not only its size of 24,00 square feet and 40 acres of land, but the architectural uniqueness, and the mystery element it brings. Continuously built for 38 years, it has 160 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 47 fireplaces 40 random staircases that take you nowhere or 2,000 doors that open to a wall or something else entirely you wouldn’t expect, and 10,000 windows. The number 13 was a favorite number to Sarah Winchester, the home owner, and also had a love for stained-glass, so the number 13 can be seen throughout the house as well, among many other mysterious aspects of the mansion that no one can solve! However, the back story of Mrs. Winchester is what makes everything about the mansion make sense, but also eery at the same time. Her life story and the mansion’s history have created the ultimate mystery…
Sarah Winchester, married the heir of the Winchester Rifle Company and she later gained the fortune after her husband’s passing. Rumor has it that The Winchester Mystery House is haunted due to the deaths caused from those killed by a Winchester rifle. Even further, word has it that these ghosts that followed her, she was told to appease these ghosts by building the house as a place to “rest”, but also so the confusing maze of the house was to trap them.
Sarah was a petite, quiet, and private person, however, she experienced tragedies that shaped her and led her to building the mansion. The loss of her infant daughter at 6 weeks old, and the loss of her husband 15 years later. She was then left to inherit her husbands rifle company.
After the loss of her little family, she grew severely depressed and moved west from Connecticut to California. She bought the original farmhouse and remodeled to make it larger so her sisters and family to live with her. No one knows for sure if the construction was to keep her busy or truly was a passion project, but it lasted for 38 years nonstop. She loved to employ people and share her wealth. She often gave them homes nearby who helped work on her house, as well as pay them very generously. Supposedly, construction was nonstop but also rumored she did have times of stoppage so she could have peace and quiet.
Theories are that Sarah was a spiritualist, and often went to one and was begin haunted by the death of the rifles were in fact the ones who told her to move to California. During this time, it was normal for women to communicate with their dead loved ones. Sarah likely practiced spiritualism, as she has a seance room in the mansion.
The home was built without a blueprint or a formal design. Since the home was built with many oddities including ways to trap and confuse ghosts, rumor is that she had simply changed her mind so often or were mistakes left for its uniqueness. Or perhaps speaking with passed spirits on how they wanted her to build the house. These designs are eclectic and one for the ages, yet no one will ever know the true reasons for its architectural uniqueness.
There are many rooms you can tour among the house including her bedroom, where she died, as well as rooms with one way in but many ways out. However, the many ways out were not all actual ways out. She enjoyed having different rooms having different themes like an Asian style room or Venetian style dining room, and grand ballroom with floor to ceiling fireplace mantle. She had a greenhouse and a Hall of Fires, a room full of fireplaces and hot air vents to use like a sauna as she experienced arthritis to help her heal.
Many of those who have visited the mansion have said to have seen orbs or heard other paranormal activity inside and outside the grounds.
The Winchester Mystery Mansion is a national landmark and one of the most haunted places in America. Tourists can explore 110 out of the 160 rooms daily, with other tour options to see the grounds like on Halloween and Fridays the 13th.