Sara Winchester's Mansion Over the course of 36 years, Sarah continued to build her property until she died in the year 1922.
Sara Winchester’s Mansion Over the course of 36 years, Sarah continued to build her property until she died in the year 1922.

Winchester Mystery House

 

What if I say you that this blog is going to get creepy and bizarre? Will that astonish you? If you think that I am just stating this to attract a couple of readers then that isn’t what I do. My reader, you are here because you love to travel and I am here with you because I love to share my travel experiences with you. perhaps, this blog is beyond our likes and dislikes but it surely has an element of attraction.

Yes, I know that you are by now mystified and some of you are even bored but bear with me because as I have mentioned earlier it going to get creepy and scary with time. as a traveler you might have heard about many strange lands but have you ever dared to go there? Perhaps I knew that I am going to welcome some mixed answers but my answer to this question is YES.

By now you might have known that I am a history lover but little did you know that I even love to explore scary places as well (but surely with my mates). A few days back I have decided to head to the Winchester Mystery House at San Jose. The Bay Area has tons of attractions but I choose to head to this mysterious place to experience something out of the box.

It all began in 1886 when a small farmhouse was turned into a mega infrastructure. By mega I here mean not only huge but extravagant for that era. This house was built by Sarah Winchester who was the heiress of the Winchester Gun fortune. After her husband’s death in 1881, she decided to move to northern California and build a house. Some people even believe that she built this mystery house under the instructions of the evil spirits.

You can surely say that the fortune that came to Sarah had a dark side to it. however, there are different speculations as well. Before the death of the husband and her six-week baby girl, the family used to live in New Havens. After the deaths and trauma, she decided to move for good. But what I believe is that bad luck does not vanish with changed surrounding however, it a time that moves along with you. and that is what happened with Sarah as well.

Inside Sara Wihchester's Mansion, You can surely say that the fortune that came to Sarah had a dark side to it!
Inside Sara Wihchester’s Mansion, You can surely say that the fortune that came to Sarah had a dark side to it!

Over the course of 36 years, Sarah continued to build her property until she died in the year 1922. The 8-room farmhouse was turned into 160 rooms, 10,000 windows, 2000 doors, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. These are just the basic things that I have mentions whereas the details of the whole house are to the next level. Researchers of the Winchester Mystery House state that Sarah had spent 5 million USD in order to build this mansion.

I know that you are waiting for the creepy and scary part of the mansion. If you think that I was just addressing the whole huge property of hers to be the creepy element of all, then NO my friend that isn’t the thing at all. While touring the house you will find stairs that abstractly hit the ceiling, cabinet that extends 30 rooms in the house and some door that leads to nowhere.

Nobody until today has the slightest idea about why Sarah had built the house in such a manner. Perhaps, many stories provide a motive. One of the most prominent stories of all is that Sarah was being haunted by the spirits of the people who were killed by the Winchester Rifles which was the main product of her late husband’s company.

Sarah Winchester The 8-room farmhouse was turned into 160 rooms, 10,000 windows, 2000 doors, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens.
Sarah Winchester The 8-room farmhouse was turned into 160 rooms, 10,000 windows, 2000 doors, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens.

After the death of the husband a psychic told her that she can get rid of the spirits if she moves away and keeps on building a house nonstop. In addition to this, some theories even state that Sarah believed she would die if she ceased the construction. On the other hand, one amid many theories even suggests that she built the house like a maze in order to keep the spirits confused and tired all the time while they are in search of her. The same part of the theory even states that Sarah slept in different rooms every night and take a different path each day.

In the year 1906, a massive earthquake strikes the Bay Area and destructed the top three stories of the house. Therein, it damaged the other four stories with it. some people say that Sarah had taken this earthquake as a sign from the evil spirits that she was about to end the construction. It is even said that the ghosts then ordered her to install board the front half of the house. Although, the front side of the house is open to the public the signs of damage are still visible.

There have been many ongoing claims of ghostly encounters and paranormal activities on the property. Before heading to the Winchester Mystery House, I have also read about numerous horror stories from visitors. To be frank enough I was scared and had many thoughts going on back of my mind. But a part of me badly wanted to explore this house of mystery.

The Winchester Management had called for a parapsychologist and paranormal investigator named Christopher Chacon in the year 1990 in order to conduct a scientific assessment about the whole property. However, to complete the assessment, over 300 people were called for interviews who had experienced something horrifying. Perhaps that led to a detailed analysis of the Winchester Mystery House.

Sarah Winchester's Mansion Tours are available
Sarah Winchester’s Mansion Tours are available

The mysteries of this house have even attracted the directors of Hollywood as well and in the year 2018, a horror movie was made on this haunted and yet intriguing Winchester Mystery House. This movie sheds light on Sarah Winchester and the spirits that live within the property.

 

Exploring the House

Now that you know a lot about this mystery house it is the right time to know what the house offers its visitors. Don’t get scared if you come across some creepy sounds as they are part of the house and hearing them is nothing bizarre here. However, apart from that, there are a few tours which consist of new activities and attractions.

There is a new addition in the list of activities and that is “Axe Throwing”. This is available at the outdoor stable and this activity will take you back into the shoes of Sarah Winchester’s workers. On the other hand, there are many new corners even open to the public now which were closed for the last 90 years.

You can now even experience a horrifying experience by trespassing the forbidden rooms of the house and unravel the terrifying secrets of the mansion. Don’t be scared as these are under the guided tour and the guides will not leave you by yourself. Bear in mind that this is a night tour and if you are a weak hearted person then think twice.

 

Planning Your Visit to The House

There are two separate tours (the Mansion Tour and Explore Me Tour) each day. You will have to be a part of both the tours in order to get the complete essence of Winchester Mystery House.
The Mansion Tour takes approximately 60 minutes and you will get to see 110 out of 160 rooms. This tour will even open many other strange features as well.

Pricing:

           •    Mansion Tour (Age 6 To 12) – 20 USD

           •    Mansion Tour (Adult) – 39 USD

           •   Mansion Tour (Age 65 And Above) – 32 USD

The explore me tour is all about exploring the extension of the Mansion Tour. This tour unravels some of the secret passages of the property. It is also 60 minutes tours. This tour was close to the public for many years and it is now offered for a limited period of time.

Pricing:

           •   Explore Me Tour (Age 10 To 12) – 20 USD

           •   Explore Me Tour (Adult) – 39 USD

           •   Explore Me Tour (65 And Above) – 32 USD

The Winchester Mystery House is open every day from 9 am for visitors. It remains closed during Christmas. However, the closing time varies throughout the year.

I had a wonderful experience visiting this mansion. It has made me believe that art has many forms and bizarre is even one of them. Although the infrastructure is strange it is intriguing at the same time. this house is the result of a woman’s imagination and thoughts. I will leave the out things that had led her to build this house apart because I do share very limited knowledge about it.

If you ask me if I would every like to visit this place again then my answer is YES and I know the same will be yours as well. During my visit, I have come to the conclusion that there is more to this giant house than we see. Therefore, I leave it to you about how you explore it.

Happy Traveling!!!