Winchester Mansion

It’s been years since I’ve visited, but one place I recommend all to see is the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, CA. The Winchester rifle was known as “the gun that won the West.” It was used to kill many, especially Native Americans.

All of the Winchester family met their demise quite early. Sarah Winchester was the only one left. She moved out West and proceeded to build a mansion that kept growing until her death.

Because of all the deaths the Winchester Rifle caused, it was recommended to Sarah by a Boston medium to move west and build a house for the spirits of those killed. She felt that if she continued to build for them, they would allow her to live. It became her obsession.

In 1884 she purchased a piece of land in San Jose, CA and began building for the next 38 years.

There are many odd things about the house. There are staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that open onto the outside concrete, and the number 13 everywhere. You have to read about her or check out the house for yourself! Here are some pics in the meantime. Have you visited? What did you think?

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  1. oh my gosh, I’ve been there- years ago, and I remember all the 13’s in the house. I need to go back again! Ugh, I miss the Bay Area, I am so homesick! I want to go home!! xOxO

  2. I’ve been there many times, as I grew up in San Jose and we would always take visiting cousins there. They also do a flashlight tour on Halloween, but I’m definitely too chicken for that one…ha! :)

  3. Hi Kori!
    I lOVE this place! It’s so creepy and bizarre. The seance room is incredible and all of the victorian details and the storerooms with the unfinished materials. Truly incredible. My favorite is the fact that she had to have 13 of everything! She had sinks built with 13 drain holes etc. Crazy!!!! We should take a road trip there, we could hit Hearst castle, Morrow Bay, that hotel with all of the themed rooms (is it the Primadonna or something like that)! Fun!!!

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