Hey beautiful people who are also paranormal nerds like myself!
I’ve seen that new movie preview, “Winchester”, a few times now and when I first saw it (without knowing the title yet), only a few seconds of it had to go by before I knew exactly the real life house the movie is based on. The Winchester Mystery House.
I first learned of this house years back on the Travel Channel. I’ve seen it covered on Ghosts Adventures and definitely other shows as well.
Right off the top of my head I can tell you that the Winchester Mystery House it located in San Jose, California. A woman who owned a company that produced guns, built herself the mansion and later found herself experiencing paranormal activity. She assumed she was probably being haunted by the spirits of those who were killed by those very guns.
To appease the spirits, she was under the impression that she needed to keep on building onto the house….forever. The house features many doors and stairways that lead to no where, etc, etc. Construction on the house continued until she died.
Now that I’ve told you what I remember (although some of it I may have never learned and could have made up in my head), I’m now going to do a little research and tell the story a little better for you all. Stay tuned….
The original owner of the house was named Sarah Winchester. Her husband and owner of a company called, “Winchester Repeating Arms Company,” was named William Wirt Winchester. They both lived in New Haven, Connecticut where the company was also located. They married in 1862 and had a daughter named Annie Pardee Winchester 4 years into their marriage. Sadly, Annie passed away after just over 30 days from a disease called marasmus. The couple never had any more children.
When William died in 1881 from tuberculosis, Sarah inherited over 20 million dollars as well as 50% of the company. She very quickly became a very wealthy woman.
While still living in New Haven, a psychic medium advised Sarah, after channeling her husband William from the other side, that she needs to move out west and build a home for herself that also must be shared with the spirits of those who lost their lives from the rifles sold at the company…………and never stop building! Although, the psychic medium bit was just a tabloid story at the time so we don’t know if it’s true. It very well could have been Sarah who felt the need to do this on her own.
In 1884, she moved to San Jose, California and purchased an unfinished farm house. She hired carpenters to start working immediately on the home. They built and built and built and before they knew it they were working with a seven story monster of a mansion!
- 20,500 gallons of paint were used to paint the house.
- 40 bedrooms.
- 2 ballrooms.
- 47 fire places.
- 10,000 panes of glass.
- 17 chimneys.
- 3 elevators.
- 2 basements.
- 162 acres.
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of that and she only had ONE working toilet.
My thoughts exactly, Chrissy Teigen.
Sarah Winchester was an odd little birdie, building stair cases that lead straight to ceilings, doors that lead to nothing but walls on the other side of them, rooms that lead to other rooms, sky lights in floors and repeat numbers throughout the entire mansion among other things. She passed away on September 5th, 1922.
There are many different theories out there as to why Sarah Winchester constructed all these strange features within the home but in my opinion, in a home that never ends, why does anything inside of it need to make any sense?
I look forward to seeing this new scary movie based on it and I hope to some day visit the real thing as well!
Here’s the official website if any of you want to visit The Winchester Mystery House yourself (if you do, send me pics!): Click Here
Well, that’s all folks! I hope you all got the gist of it. There is far more information that I left out but feel free to go to do some more research on it if you care to.
Until next time….