In 1884, a 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.
The Victorian mansion, designed and built
by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled
with so many unexplained oddities, that
it has come to be known as the Winchester
Sarah Winchester built a home that is
an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes
of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion
had modern heating and sewer systems,
gas lights that operated by pressing a
button, three working elevators, and 47
fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite
hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold
and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art
glass windows, you will be impressed by
the staggering amount of creativity, energy,
and expense poured into each and every
Mrs. Winchester was understandably distressed
and, as one did in those days, she consulted
a spiritualist. Much to her horror, she
was told that the spirit world was full
of the ghosts of people (and doubtless
buffalo) killed by her husband's rifles.
They were very angry with her, and things
were going to get bad. Her only chance,
the spiritualist said, was to build a
house, and keep building it. For if the
house was never finished, no ghost could
settle into it, and she could never be
What is more, if you take the "Behind
the Scenes" tour you discover that
Mrs. W. was actually very smart. The house
is full of the latest (for Victorian times)
technological marvels. It has gas lighting
in every room, it recycles rainwater in
case of drought, and it was one of the first
buildings in the area to be earthquake-proofed.
Number of rooms: 160
Date of Construction: 1884 - September
5, 1922 (38 continuous years!)
Number of stories: Prior to 1906 Earthquake
- 7; presently 4
Number of acres: Originally 161.919; presently
Number of basements: 2
Heating: Steam, forced air, fireplaces
Number of windows: Frames 1,257; panes
Number of doors: Doorways 467, doors approx.
950 not including cabinet doors.
Number of fireplaces: 47 (gas, wood, or
Number of chimneys: Presently 17 with evidence
of 2 others
Number of cars at her death: 2 (a 1917
Pierce Arrow Limousine & a 1916 4 cyl.
Number of bedrooms: Approx. 40
Number of kitchens: 5 or 6
Number of staircases: 40, total of stair
steps - 367
Number of skylights: Approx. 52
Number of gallons of paint required to
paint entire home: Over 20,000
Number of ballrooms: 2 (one nearly complete,
and one under construction)
Blueprints available: None, Mrs. Winchester
never had a master set of blueprints, but
did sketch out individual rooms on paper
and even tablecloths.
Sarah Winchester was the first to report
ghost in the house. Often, she spoke to
them nightly, ringing a bell at midnight
to summon them. A second bell run at 2:00
a.m. told them it was time to leave. However,
it seems that someone might need to ring
a bell around the place again.
The unusual goings-on reported in the Winchester
House include organ music in the Blue Room
where Sarah died, a couple lingering in
the corner of a bedroom, cold spots in Sarah's
bedroom, and apparitions of Sarah. Perhaps
one of the oddest is the smell of chicken
soup coming from a long-unused kitchen.
Since Sarah Winchester's death, several
psychics have reported feeling cold spots
and seeing red balls of light that fade
Besides their normal tours, Winchester
Mystery House offers special flashlights
tours every Friday the thirteenth and at
Today the home is owned by Winchester Investments LLC, and it retains unique touches that reflect Winchester's beliefs and her reported preoccupation with warding off malevolent spirits. These spirits are said to have directly inspired her as to the way the house should be built. The number thirteen and spider web motifs, which had some sort of spiritual meaning to her, reappear around the house. For example, an expensive imported chandelier that originally had 12 candle-holders was altered to accommodate 13 candles, wall clothes hooks are in multiples of 13, and a spider web-patterned stained glass window contains 13 colored stones. The sink's drain covers also have 13 holes. In tribute, the house's current groundskeepers have created a topiary tree shaped like the numeral 13. Also, every Friday the 13th the large bell on the property is rung 13 times at 1 o'clock p.m. (13:00) in tribute to Winchester.
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