Can you believe I have lived in the South Bay my whole life and have only visited the Historical Winchester Mystery House ONCE!? Yeah, me neither! Every time I drive by, I always think to myself “I really gotta take a tour at the Winchester Mystery House” Luckily San Jose’s local Content Maganize was hosting an event there & a few of my girlfriends were planning to attend. I told Will about it and he was down to go.
The History Behind The Winchester Mystery House
What is the Winchester Mystery House? Well to give you the CliffsNotes version, the house belonged to Sarah Winchester. Her husband William Winchester was the treasurer of the Winchester Rifle Company. He passed away from tuberculosis and shortly after her infant daughter passed away from an illness. She moved out to San Jose, California and bought a farmhouse which we all know now as the “Winchester Mystery House”. After the death’s of her husband and daughter, she became superstitious. Blaming the deaths and hauntings to all the people who have died from The Winchester Rifles. A psychic suggested that she always keep building the house she bought to keep the spirits away from her, and she did. She had workers work 24 hours 7 days a week on the house until she died in 1922, which led to the house having the following:
- 24,000 Square Feet
- 10,00 Windows
- 2,000 Doors
- 160 Rooms
- 52 Skylights
- 42 Stairways and Fireplaces
- 17 Chimneys
- 13 Bathrooms
- 6 Kitchens
Above info all from the official Winchester Mystery House website.
If you want more of a “horror” point of view they filmed the movie “Winchester” that stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester (they actually filmed the movie here!). Not sure how accurate the movie is to what actually happened there. I have heard many versions of Sarah Winchester life by friends who have deeply researched her life. It is definitely an interesting story if you plan to dive into her life a bit more.
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I hope to come back and take a tour of the inside. Usually, on Friday the 13th and during the month of October, they offer flashlight tours for an extra spooky experience!
Photos by @phonyphotographers