Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those ... More
Winchester Mystery House
Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those killed with that gun were haunting her. To confuse the restless spirits, she constructed one of the oddest houses ever built and kept constructing it until the day of her death. The Victorian-style labyrinth that resulted, features a door on the second floor that opens onto thin air—others that open onto walls, and stairs and corridors that lead to dead ends. Check website for prices and further information.
We took the Mansion Tour and it was WAY over-priced. We were expecting it to be a little scary but it was just a tour of an old house with a couple of odd things. There weren't many "mysterious" things to see. The oddest part was our tour guide, Rachel, who would pause in the middle of sentences and then when she had finished in each room she would stare down all of us in the tour. She was the scariest part for me! I guess we were expecting it to be more than it was. All in all, it was a neat old house but I doubt we would go again.
nothing to see but empty rooms.stairs are stupid.if you want to see something interesting go to san francisco to the the Rock.The prison is much more exciting.never go her to the winchester House very stupid place.
Interesting first hand look at historical home. The guides are really good and answered everyone's questions. They also had lots of spooky little stories to go with the rooms in the tour. Unfortunately, some of the house is off limits due to damage. Tours times are frequent throughout the day.
Loved the atmosphere! It just felt like a spooky place. The last time I was there, was on Friday the 13th... There were special things happening on Friday the 13th. The bell in the bell tower was rung 13 times at 1300 hours etc... Most of the house is built around the theme of 13, so it was a special day. I would recommend the tour of the house, although it really depends on the tour guide, what kind of information is passed along. I had a great guide my first time through, and a so-so guide my second time. I would recommend walking the grounds on your own, as I paid for the extended tour around the grounds the first time that I was there, and I found that much of the grounds were open to the public anyway, and few interesting things were included in the grounds tour that that you couldn't see on your own. Overall, it was a fun place, and the Tiffany windows and other items in the house were beautiful. Everyone that visited the house found it enjoyable from my 12 year old brother, to my 80 year old grandmother.
My family and I went there two years ago, and absolutely loved seeing this. It is very historical and survived the famous San Fran earthquake, you can still see the damage it did in some of the rooms. It has a huge collection of original Tiffany glass works, beautiful woodwork throughout, and very weird rooms and stairways that go in circles and nowhere. The tour guides are great, and really fill you in on the reasoning that this lady kept building this house. It is eerie at times, but fascinating and we learned so much being there. There is no place like this in the world, go see!
Visited there about 7 years ago and remember it well. We were able to get some discount tickets through and area hotel for a few dollars off each ticket. It was very interesting. If you go, pay close attention to the Tiffany stained glass that was not installed, as the old lady died before she had the contractors install the New York imported gorgeous glass. Strange woman that built a strange but yet beautiful house!
Mrs. winchester believed that if she stopped building her house the ghosts which haunted her house would kill her. She kept building wierd passageways to nowhere, doors that open to the outside...three stories up; a room with 6 intrances, but no exit. This place it very cool.
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