Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Vacation - Part 8

After our long and exciting first day we decided to drive an hour south of San Francisco to San Jose.  Why San Jose you ask?  Well we wanted to visit the Winchester Mystery Mansion.  The story of Sarah Winchester and the mansion that she built was what drew us to visit the mansion.

Sarah Winchester married the son of the Winchester Rifle manufacturer during the 1800's.  They had a daughter who died as a very young child.  This made Sarah very depressed.  When her husband died soon after she decided to go to a Boston medium to get answers of why many bad things were happening to her.  The medium informed her that the reasons all these things were happening was because all the ghosts that were killed by Winchester rifles were haunting her and the only way to appease their spirits was to build a mansion to house all of them.  After Sarah learned this she bought acres and acres of land in San Jose and set to work to build this mansion...

...But  this is not just any old mansion...it is the most bizarre mansion you could ever imagine.  Examples of how weird this place was...well it has a staircase that leads straight to the ceiling, doors that open into walls,  twisted hallways, secret passages, and even doors that lead to no where.  Sarah built her mansion this way to confuse the spirits that were haunting her...she seemed like quite an odd lady..

..to make it creepier their are actually stories of spirit sightings in the house..and to be honest it was a hot day and some rooms definitely felt colder than normal...but I won't get into that right now

...anyways to make a long story short..the house is now a historical landmark and is open for daily tours...so of course we had to see how bizarre this mansion was for ourselves.


Unfortunately taking pictures inside the mansion wasn't allowed so you have to settle for outside pictures instead. 


There was so much detail throughout the whole mansion.  Apparently construction was being done on the house 24 hours a day, 7 days a year up until Sarah Winchester died in her 80's.  The house has 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens.  By the end of our tour the tour guide informed us we had actually walked a whole mile. 

The door that leads to no where..

The staircase to the ceiling..(not from my camera)


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