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31 Days of Spook – Winchester Mystery House

13 Oct

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It’s getting closer my friends – the day that we look forward to once a year – Halloween.

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.

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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.

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35 responses to “31 Days of Spook – Winchester Mystery House

  1. wallaceandsamuel

    10/13/2014 at 1:21 am

    Mom says this is her type of haunted house, she’d LOVE to visit it. Us? Not so much.
    Wally & Sammy

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:24 am

      I think it would be the coolest place to go and visit. It’s definitely on mom and dad’s must see places for that area. It would be neat to investigate. XOXO – Bacon

       
  2. sue ellen

    10/13/2014 at 1:26 am

    That sad sad woman….her grief took over her life. Guess the ‘good’ thing was she employed many carpenters for many years. I have seen her home on Ripley’s believe it or not a couple of times. So Bacon…40 bedrooms ~~~wonder which one little you would choose?? ^.^ ??

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:25 am

      Snorts – so many choices! It would definitely be fun to look around and explore all of the different rooms and halls. That ‘ballroom’ looks so expensive on television on the different shows that I’ve seen. I don’t think they would let me in it because of my hooves but mom says it would be so neat! XOXO – Bacon

       
  3. sunsetdragon

    10/13/2014 at 2:16 am

    Yes I have heard of this house and have seen documentaries on tv about it. Scary.

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:25 am

      It really does seem to be different. It would be kind of neat to visit – of course during the day time – and explore 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

       
  4. Molly The Wally

    10/13/2014 at 6:03 am

    We must pop off and Google it now. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:26 am

      Please do my friends. It is so totally fascinating! XOXO – Bacon

       
  5. onespoiledcat

    10/13/2014 at 6:18 am

    Mom says she’s heard of this house – all I know is that even if it was FULL of mousies, I would NOT visit it! EEEEK!

    Hugs, sammy

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:26 am

      Snorts. Not even if I went with you cousin? Just think of the fun we could have in this house exploring. XOXO – Bacon

       
  6. hutchagoodlife

    10/13/2014 at 6:25 am

    Whee hadn’t heard of this place but it sounds pretty scary to us!

    xxxx

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:26 am

      It most certainly is. It would be fun to explore though. XOXO – Bacon

       
  7. easyweimaraner

    10/13/2014 at 6:49 am

    I’ve heard about this house and I guess it inspired Mr. King to his novel of Rose Red… and I bet in this house things will change their place, doorways lead you to different locations efurry day… bro, I rather spend the night in the bonsai-tent my mom accindentally bought, than in that house…

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:28 am

      Snorts – I’m with you brother. I don’t think I would want to spend the night in this house. Not visiting it in the day time – maybe. It would be fun to explore…. I think. Then again, maybe not – SNORTS. XOXO – Bacon

       
  8. sheilaenglehart

    10/13/2014 at 7:54 am

    Always wanted to visit this place!

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:29 am

      Me too! Well, not really me personally as in this piggy but mom and dad. It would be kind of neat to explore, right? XOXO – Bacon

       
  9. sheilaenglehart

    10/13/2014 at 7:55 am

    Reblogged this on Sheila Englehart and commented:
    My little friend Bacon posted this interesting data on the Winchester House.

     
  10. Reilly & Denny

    10/13/2014 at 9:02 am

    Oh we just watched a special on this on the travel channel.

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 9:34 am

      Wasn’t it awesome?! It would definitely be so very neat to visit. XOXO – Bacon

       
  11. mollieandalfie

    10/13/2014 at 10:47 am

    Looks a great place for some scary fun 🙂 xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 10:55 am

      It really does my friend. I’m game if ya’ll are game. We could have a ball! XOXO – Bacon

       
  12. speedyrabbit

    10/13/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ooooo but think of all those rooms to explore how exciting,xx Speedy

     
    • PigLove

      10/13/2014 at 12:32 pm

      Me too – wouldn’t it be fun exploring it together my friend? XOXO – Bacon

       
      • speedyrabbit

        10/13/2014 at 12:57 pm

        Ooo could we?what fun it would be,xx Speedy

         
      • PigLove

        10/13/2014 at 1:56 pm

        It really would be. We could find ALL of the secret hidey holes and scare peeps. XOXO – Bacon

         
      • speedyrabbit

        10/14/2014 at 4:26 pm

        Hehehe too true,xx speedy

         
  13. The Canadian Cats

    10/13/2014 at 9:08 pm

    What a sad life. I bet she wanted the banging etc. because otherwise she was alone and there was no noise. I myself, would love to play THoE in that house.

    (((Shoko)))

     
    • PigLove

      10/14/2014 at 2:37 am

      It would be an awesome place to explore. Some say that at the right times you can still hear the banging of the workers. XOXO – Bacon

       
  14. gentlestitches

    10/13/2014 at 10:03 pm

    Poor Mrs Winchester:-(. Shane believes a ghost is someone with unresolved issues particularly anger or grief so Mrs Winchester would be a prime candidate for “ghosthood” 😀 I would like to visit if I got the chance. 😀

     
    • PigLove

      10/14/2014 at 2:38 am

      We believe that about ghosts as well. They have some kind of unfinished business that is left unresolved. It’s really sad in a way when you think about it. This house would be great to visit. It’s definitely on my mom and dads wish list for sure. XOXO – Bacon

       
  15. Nylabluesmum

    10/14/2014 at 10:01 pm

    WE have herd da storey of Missus Winchester n we finkz it iz a grrreat storey altho bery bery tragick…
    We wuud lub to tour thru dat house fer shure!
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too ❤ ❤ ❤

     
    • PigLove

      10/15/2014 at 9:32 am

      We would too my ❤ It would be very much fun going through the home and checking everything out. The poor woman went through so much losing her family like she did. I hope she found some peace in her death 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

       
  16. Nylabluesmum

    10/15/2014 at 8:34 pm

    Mum sayz Missus Winchester lived a ‘tragcik’ life n we agrez wif ya Bacon me lub…let uz hope she found sum peece in as spirit werld….maybee reeunited wif Dot-her n Huzband…..
    **paw kissez** Nylalbu n Mum too xxxx

     
  17. Boomdeeadda

    10/26/2014 at 11:45 am

    Since my best bud Alys lives in San Jose, we’ve had the pleasure of going on the house tour and garden tour too. The home is kept in remarkable condition and the garden is very beautiful. We didn’t hear or see any ghosts. I saw a carpenter working on something, “are you a ghost”. He only laughed and said, “no”. But you never know, maybe he was tricking me? He was the only carpenter there that day that I saw. Hmmmmmm?

     
    • PigLove

      10/26/2014 at 12:35 pm

      ooohhh squeals. That is so very interesting. I would ❤ to go through the house and look around. Mommy says she would love to feel the atmosphere and how it is there. It would be so much fun. XOXO – Bacon

       

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