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.
10/04/2017 at 1:36 am
47 fireplaces… wow… imagine that… we have just two what kill our nerves… with 47 we would throw the towel in ;O)
10/04/2017 at 12:52 pm
I agree brother. Just the 1 we have here is enough to keep mom on her toes at times – and it’s electric! Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
10/04/2017 at 11:48 am
Been there with a friend who is “sensitive” and it was all he could do to finish the tour. There are also designs of spirit catchers throughout the construction. Mrs. Winchester had a place on the 2nd floor where she could stand and hear everything the servants said. Many of them got fired that way. BTW, Mr. Winchester was the originator of the Winchester rifle.
Thanks for the cool post, Bacon.
10/04/2017 at 12:55 pm
You are so welcome sweet friend. It’s a very cool and intriguing home for sure. So much mystery. XOXO – Bacon
10/04/2017 at 12:27 pm
I’ve read about the Winchester house before. The doors and stairs leading nowhere are so creepy and intriguing. I had no idea about the number 13 being repeated throughout, or of the background that led Sarah Winchester to build the house.
Fascinating post, Bacon!
10/04/2017 at 12:57 pm
Thank you sweet friend. I’m glad you enjoyed it. There’s still a lot of October left… getting scared yet? XOXO – Bacon
10/04/2017 at 12:57 pm
I love this month, and you’ve had some excellent posts! 🙂
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10/04/2017 at 2:56 pm
Such a beautiful home that experienced such heartbreak. Fascinating background.
10/04/2017 at 5:43 pm
Thanks sweet friend. Are you scared yet? Do you need to hold my hoof? The month is still young and full of more ghost stories. XOXO – Bacon
10/04/2017 at 9:51 pm
Just one word ” Batty ” ! ❤
10/05/2017 at 12:39 pm
One word – snorts!! ❤ XOXO – Bacon
10/05/2017 at 6:17 pm
10/14/2017 at 6:27 pm
Seen this crazy house on TV. It’s interesting if nothing else. Guess if you got money to burn you need 47 fireplaces. I need one today. Think I’ll go to the family room and watch TV and sit by the fire. 🕸🕷
10/16/2017 at 12:22 pm
Oh my – you have cold weather already don’t you? Lots of friends are getting cold weather. We still have hot humid icky weather. Please send cold okay and thanks. XOXO – Bacon