What is the Winchester Mystery House, you ask?

NBD, it’s just the creepiest haunted house in America.

After the death of her husband and child, Sarah Winchester (of the Winchester gun fortune), moved to the Santa Clara Valley at the urging of a medium who said she needed to escape all the Civil War ghosts trying to haunt her.

Sounds legit.

Naturally, she bought an unfinished farm house in 1884 and starting fixing it up… And she never stopped.

Apparently she’s never heard of procrastination.

By the turn of the century, the 8-room house had been transformed into a 7-story mansion! Today, the estate spans over 161 acres.

She paid her workers twice the going rate, made numerous anonymous contributions to local charities, and was generally well-regarded around town.

…But she also built a never-ending home because of ghosts so…

At the time of her death in 1922, her mansion had 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens.

Overachieve much?

There are plenty of theories about Sarah Winchester and her sprawling mansion.

Some say she built the house to confuse the spirits, some people think she was building a nice place to appease the spirits, and some say she was so upset by the untimely deaths of her husband and child that she simply went mad.

One thing’s for sure: she’d probably love The Sixth Sense.

The creepy cool part of it all? After all these years, another room has been found in the confusing estate. And you can visit it.

~*If you dare*~

About an hour drive from San Francisco, the Winchester Mystery House offers daily tours and special October events, like touring the house at night with only a single flashlight as your guide!

Rates range from $30 to $44 depending on the scope and length of the tour.


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