San Jose, California: Winchester Mystery House

Eccentric widow Sarah Winchester thought that if she kept adding to her mansion it would keep the wrathful ghosts of Winchester rifle victims at bay. 160 rooms later...
525 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA
I-280, Exit north onto Winchester Blvd., on the left.
Daily 9 am- 7 pm. Shorter hrs Apr-Jun, Sep. (Call to verify)
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Winchester Mystery House

Google "Winchester Mystery House discount" for a 3$ off coupon. Be sure to get the behind-the-scenes tour to get into the basement and see the elevator workings. More historical/strange than haunted/creepy.

[Rae, 05/29/2010]
Winchester Mystery House

The difference between crazy and eccentric is money. Sarah Winchester had it and spent it by continuously designing and building on what has become (according to some) the most haunted house in America. Hype aside, she was actually a pretty talented architect and the house is a gem of the Victorian period. Prior to the 1906 earthquake, the house was 7-stories tall. A section of the house is as the workmen left it, when Sarah closed off that section after the quake, and redirected their efforts elsewhere.

The billboards lead you to believe that the house has some horror in its past. The occult, yes; Sarah held seances nightly in the blue room. Nothing horrific happened there. To clear up earlier statements, the house is a privately owned attraction and was never state property. If you want to see the big house built by an eccentric newpaper man now owned by the state, Hearst Castle is for you.

[Lynn Macey, 01/19/2005]
Winchester Mystery House

This house is a 160 room mansion that Mrs. Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester rifle fortune, lived in. In 1884, the wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later.

She had such a fear of the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle that she created a very unique house. She had a fascination with the number 13 and never slept in the same bedroom 2 nights in a row. Some of the bizarre features are doors and windows opening onto blank walls: a staircase from the floor to the ceiling: a door opening outward to an 8 foot drop off: glass floors: a room you can go into but not out of the same door.

[Patti, 07/13/2001]

This place is unusual, and worth combining with a stop at the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, about 30 miles south.

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a huge mansion that was constantly being built for several years by the Winchester widow until she died. I think it is run by the state now , and they give tours and tell you a little bit about the morbid side of this woman and that she kept building this mansion to try and escape from the ghosts that were killed by the Winchester guns. It is a weird place, but it was interesting to visit.

[Billybob, 01/06/1998]

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