The Winchester Mystery
House in San Jose, California is one of the most beautiful mansions in the
It’s also one of the
most bizarre. Windows in the floor. Doors that open to a two-story drop. Secret
passageways. Stairways to nowhere (which could have been a famous song by Led
Zep had they ever written it).
Why such an odd
construction? It was built by ghosts.
The mansion was the
brainchild of Sarah Winchester, the wife of William Wirt Winchester, who was
the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. After her infant daughter and husband
died, Sarah Winchester sought the guidance of a spiritualist.
The Boston Medium
explained to her that her family was cursed by the ghosts of all those who died
by the “The Gun That Won West.” The only way to appease the spirits
and save her life was to move west and use her blood money to build the spirits
Legend has it that
Mrs. Winchester literally let the spirits design the house. She would conduct
nightly sances where good spirits would give her instructions that she passed
to her foreman every morning.
That turned the
mansion into a sprawling 7-story maze of 160 rooms, 47 stairways, and 13
bathrooms. In fact, the number 13 appears quite a bit in the house: rooms with
13 windows, walls with 13 panels, chandeliers with 13 candles, even walls with
13 coat hooks.
The unusual design of
the mansion was also spawned by Mrs. Winchester’s attempts to disorient evil
spirits that were stalking her. She allegedly never slept in the same room two
nights in a row and would often sneak through secret passages to deter
ghosts… because ghosts can’t pass through walls or anything.
Mrs. Winchester also
believed that if construction never stopped, she …
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