It’s getting closer my friends – the day that we look forward to once a year – Halloween. Just a couple of more days now. Until then, here is Day 28 of my 31 Days of Spook.
Today, I’m focusing on the Winchester Mystery House. Have you heard about this mansion that is located in San Jose, California? Have you been there? It’s claimed that some people are there and they have never left.
The Winchester Mystery House is just that – a mystery. It was the residence of Sarah Winchester.
In 1862, she married William Winchester – who came from the family that created the famous Winchester guns. Everything seemed like it was grand and wonderful …for a while.
In 1866, the Winchester’s infant daughter, Annie, passed away from a childhood disease called marasmus. (Marasmus is a form of severe malnutrition and causes a child to look emaciated.) Losing her child caused Mrs. Winchester to fall into a deep depression.
In 1881, Mrs. Winchester’s husband, William, passed away from tuberculosis. Can you imagine watching two of your very close loved ones pass away so early in life? Mrs. Winchester was beside herself and sought help from a spiritualist. Through consulting with the spiritualist, Mrs. Winchester believed her family and her fortune were haunted by the ghosts of the people who had fallen victim to the family Winchester rifles. She was advised that the only way she could appease the ghosts was to move west and build them a house. Not just a house but to continuous build them a house.
In 1884, Mrs. Winchester moved west to San Jose, California and bought an unfinished farmhouse . Work began immediately. Mrs. Winchester would hold nightly seances to speak with the spirits to help guide her in how the house would be worked on the following date. In the morning, she would meet with her construction workers and give them the plans. Did the plans make sense? You decide.
- There are roughly 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms;
- 2 ballrooms (one completed and one unfinished);
- 47 fireplaces;
- Over 10,000 panes of glass;
- 17 chimneys (with evidence of two others);
- 2 basements with three elevators.
- It has gold and silver chandeliers and hand-inlaid parquet floors and trim;
- There are doors and stairways that lead nowhere and a vast array of colors and materials.
- The home’s conveniences were rare at the time of its construction. These included steam and forced-air heating, modern indoor toilets and plumbing, push-button gas lights and Mrs. Winchester’s personal (and only) hot shower from indoor plumbing.
- The number 13 is repeated frequently in the home – whether in stairs, candles, wall hooks, stained glass windows or even 13 holes in the drain covers. Also every Friday the 13th, the large bell on the property is rung 13 times at 1300 hours in tribute to Winchester. Mrs. Winchester even signed her will 13 times leaving everything to a niece and personal secretary.
Construction continued every day around the clock until Mrs. Winchester died on September 5, 1922. Upon her death, all hammering ceased. When they looked in Mrs. Winchester’s safe they found the things that meant the most to her. Not money. Not diamonds. Not riches. It was two pieces of hair – one from her husband and one from her daughter.
And until this day, it is said that you can still hear the construction work taking place, that you can see the workers inside and outside of the home. And, people still say that Mrs. Winchester herself is still in the home.
10/28/2013 at 12:54 pm
We have been there, Bacon! It was great to see, although you have to participate in a guided tour (and our tour guide was bored out her mind and detracted from the experience). Even still, I would go, again. It’s just plain amazing!
10/28/2013 at 1:23 pm
WOW! Mom said tickets are expensive too. Shame on that tour guide! She should have spooked you until you made a puddle – snorts. I’ve seen it on television a couple of times. It looks wickedly cool! XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 2:25 pm
Wow, that seems like a neat place. What a great story Bacon!
10/28/2013 at 3:52 pm
Thank you my friend – I really appreciate that. XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 5:21 pm
Sounds like the most incredible place!
10/28/2013 at 7:53 pm
It really does. There are stairs that go to nowhere, a door on the second floor that opens to the outside and so much more. It seems like it would take days to go through. XOXO – Bacon
The Dancing Rider
10/28/2013 at 5:31 pm
The Winchester House is one of the more bizarre places. You did a great history on it, Bacon. I’ve been loving your Days of Spook! I do believe the Mrs. is still in that house!
10/28/2013 at 7:54 pm
I think she is still there too. Thank you for the kind compliment. I’ve been really trying hard this month for some good spooks. XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 6:05 pm
Wow what an awesome house…I can imagine the vibe inside!! creepy and sad ..great spooky story Bacon ..keep up the great spookies hugs Fozziemum xxx
10/28/2013 at 7:55 pm
Thank you my friend. The month is almost over! XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 8:07 pm
Phew…you may need a pigcation when it’s over my swet Bacon..hugs Fozziemum xx
10/28/2013 at 9:13 pm
You may be right my friend. October has been exhausting and fun and spooky and grand! XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 9:17 pm
It sure has Bacon 🙂 🙂 xxxxx Fozziemum xx
10/28/2013 at 8:19 pm
I have seen this on the ghost shows. It just amazes me everytime. It sounds so interesting. Would love to visit some day.
10/28/2013 at 9:13 pm
Me too my friend. We could be there for days! XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 10:22 pm
Bacon, you may want to check out the post I did on Sunday, which includes a rather prestigious honor I bestowed upon you! 🙂
10/29/2013 at 6:58 am
Oh really? I’m psyched. I will definitely check that out this morning. My life has been rather upside down since mom/dad went on vacation. I’m trying to play catch up all around 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
10/28/2013 at 11:40 pm
Poop scary. That might be were Stephen king got his inspiration for rose red, the story is very similar.
10/29/2013 at 7:08 am
It might be. Very interesting. XOXO – Bacon
Three Well Beings
10/29/2013 at 1:00 am
Oooh! Yes, I have been to the Winchester House! It’s been a long time, but you have me thinking we may need to make another trip. I’d forgotten what a good spooky house it is. 🙂 I’m sure you’re getting very excited! It won’t be long now, Bacon. 🙂
10/29/2013 at 7:09 am
It sounds like a wonderful place to visit and investigate. I would like to send mom/dad but I’m afraid I would never see them again with the trouble they tend to find. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon
10/29/2013 at 9:10 pm
OMP! What an amazing story! I am glad you posted it!
10/29/2013 at 9:21 pm
Aaww thank you my friend. I really appreciate that. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
10/30/2013 at 6:47 pm
My humans visited the Winchester House when they were on their honeymoon. Doesn’t sound too romantic to me, but they say they really liked it. 😉
10/30/2013 at 6:51 pm
Me and you could go and see how romantic it could beautiful 😉 If you get too scared, you could hold my hoove. Sounds like a great time to me 🐷😄 XOXO – Bacon
10/31/2013 at 2:39 am
sound very Strange and spooky Bacon,xx Speedy
10/31/2013 at 7:05 am
Yes indeed! XOXO – Bacon