Winchester Mystery House

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525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA, USA

Winchester Mystery House San Jose Reviews

JessicaNyquistLA JessicaN…
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Really beautiful, and fascinating place with a lot of history Dec 03, 2015
I visited the Winchester Mystery House with my parents, and really enjoyed it. The outside of the mansion is absolutely beautiful. The grounds surrounding the place are all neatly landscaped with shrubs and it also has a very nice fountain. Once on the inside, the place turns into a maze of sorts. I found it to be really fun to be touring this place. There were upstairs doors that led to nowhere. If you open the door it just leads to a drop off which I found to be really cool. There were a few places in our tour that were cordoned off for that very reason. Our tour guide also led us up a winding staircase. Mrs. Winchester was a very tiny lady, and she made the steps to fit her size so while going up the steps everyone had to duck down because she made everything miniaturized. There were also steps that would lead up, and then they would just stop at the ceiling. She made steps that led to nowhere. She also had elevators put into the house. It's just like one, big, fun maze. I loved it! I found the Winchester Mystery House to be really fascinating, and would love to go back someday. It's a really neat, cool place that you should definitely check out. 5 stars
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spocklogic says:
Mrs. Winchester sounds Mysterious!
Posted on: Dec 03, 2015
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cocomoe cocomoe
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Wild and Crazy Jan 07, 2012
You have probably seen the house on History TV, but it is a must do tour. The tour covers a little more than a mile. The guides are just great, they make the tour interesting and fun. The tour covered one hundred and ten rooms. I was amazed the house had two elevators, one was an Otis. The most interesting fact to me was as she aged she could only lift her feet about three inches. This was no problem to her, she had all the stairs torn out and install steps with two and a half inch risers. The carpenters worked 24 hours a day 365 days a year. She also had 60 personal housekeepers.
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X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Jan 13, 2008
Sarah Winchester, widow of the famous inventor of the Winchester rifle, began the construction on this mansion in 1884 after visiting a medium who told her that the ghosts of the people killed by her husbands rifles were going to extract their revenge on her if she didn't build them a place to live, and for the next 38 years she kept master craftsmen and carpenters busy 24 hours a day building and adding to it until her death.

At one time there were seven stories but since the 1906 earthquake there are only 4. There are so many oddities to the old Victorian architecture of this house that it has become known as the Mystery House.

Today there are 160 rooms, of which 47 are bedrooms, 2 are ballrooms. 47 fireplaces and nearly 400 stairs are in the home.

There are two tours that can be taken through the mansion. Also there are the gardens, a gift and souvenir shop, and even a café.

There are too many other interesting and odd features to mention here, but are well worth the cost of the tours to see and hear about.
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ejames01 says:
I've always wanted to see this home.
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
glennisnz says:
Very strange story, and a very unusual house by sound of it.
Would be nice to wander through and have a look.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2008
IUFAN417 IUFAN417
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Awesome And Interesting Mar 07, 2008
This is probably the most unique home you will ever see. Sarah Winchester was convinced that spirits of the people killed by the Winchester rifles were haunting her. A spiritual consultant told her that the only way to escape them was to keep building onto her home and that's exactly what she did. There are windows into brick walls and stairs into ceilings as this house kept growing up and out. I highly recommend taking a look when you're in the area.
The room and bed where Sarah Winch…
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hannajax hannajax
63 reviews
Apr 24, 2006
The story of the mansion was an incredible one. Sara Winchester, upon the death of her husband, was told by a medium to move west and build a home for the spirits of the deceased, that had died from the Winchester Weapons. The Spirit of her deceased husband had informed her that there was a curse on the family, wrought by the Winchester Fortune, and that the only way to stave off her own death was to builda house for the spirits to reside in. As long as she kep on building, she would avoid death.

Construction on the mysterious winchester mansion began in 1884, and continued, uninterrupted, until the year 1922, which is when sara winchester passed away. suppose she could not keep the spirits at bay, after all. the number 13 occurs througout the house, and many think it related to sara's superstitions concerning the spirits thought to be in the house.

We did a behind the scenes tour, as well as a general tour of the grounds and most of the rooms in the mansion. It is amazing to see the kind of technology that went into the building of this home, and the sheer size of the place before the earthquake. at one point, the mansion was seven stories high!

it is an eerie feeling, knowing the history, knowing why this grand house was erected...to house the spirits of the dead! with its mysterious stairs that go nowhere, or the door that opens to a drop to the ground below, or the 13 coathooks in the walls. it is an experience that everyone should take!
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nonna says:
Wow, I've always wanted to see this house - now it almost feels like I'e been there - great description.
Posted on: Nov 20, 2006

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