Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

4 out of 5 stars 19 Reviews

525 South Winchester Boulevard (408) 247-2000
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    Winchester Mystery House

    by Martin_H Written Nov 30, 2005

    Sarah Winchester the rifle heiress bought this place as a standard house and on the advice of a psychic kept adding to it for the remainder of her life (nearly 40 years). It is a masterpiece of ad hoc design with rooms, staircases etc. being added in a haphazard fashion. Look out for the staircase that goes up to the ceiling and more importantly the door that opens onto a two storey drop.

    Very small stairs View from the top

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    Mad MAD 38 Years

    by wkcsmt Written Dec 29, 2004

    Visit this Victorian mansion built by Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle manufacturer William Winchester. Construction began in 1884 and continued without interruption until the death of Mrs. Winchester in 1922.

    This is a 160-room mansion with an area of 6 acres.

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    The Winchester Mystery House

    by MDH Written May 2, 2003

    This has to be one of the most unusual houses in America. This place was built virtually almost continuously from 1884 to 1922 under the supervision of Sarah L. Winchester, the hieress to the Winchester fortune--the same family which had given name to the infamous Winchester rifle. Her utter paranoia that all the people who had been killed by the Winchester rifle would haunt her led her to hire carpenters and architects to build a huge Victorian mansion which would confuse ghosts. Doors open up to brick walls, or sometimes drop two flights into open air. Stairs lead to the ceiling. Rooms were built sometimes to serve no purpose. It won't surprise you to hear that when the house was built, there weren't any blueprints either! Mrs. Winchester simply made them up on sheets of paper or tablecloths.

    Although the Winchester Mystery House is by no means spooky, it is downright eerie to walk around. Not that there's going to be any ghosts poping up around the corner, but the very strange and odd layout of the house is baffling. Today it stands as a tribute to the steps a woman took a hundred years ago to avoid the paranoia her family name gave her.

    Adults $10-15
    Children under 12 $10

    The large (and weird) Winchester Mystery House
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    The Monument of One Lady's madness

    by MJL Written Mar 17, 2011

    I took that Mansion tour which was very interesting. It is a pity that house is almost completely empty. What a sight it would be, if it would stay full of 1900-centrury household items.

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