A very strange mansion
April 19, 2012 § 3 Comments
I used to live in the bay area, so the Winchester House in San Jose, California, was like a stone throw away from way. Otherwise, it is less than an hour drive south of San Francisco. I always love to visit historic home and mansions. Old beddings, uncomfortable chairs, well-crafted writing desk, dainty cabinets… all tell the story of how people lived in the past. However, this Victorian mansion is something more than just an old architecture. It is a story of superstition and psychology.
The Winchesters owned the company which manufactured the famous Winchester rifle. When William W. Winchester passed away, his wife Sarah moved from Connecticut to spend the rest of her life California. She was a very superstitious woman. A medium told her that once she finished building the new house in California, the spirits of those who were killed under the Winchester rifle, would come and kill her for what her family created. To counter the vengeful ghosts, Sarah, who was left with an insane amount of money, decided to keep building the house for 38 years non-stop.
Sarah Winchester ordered that someone must be there hammering and building anything somewhere on the property 24 hours straight. Every morning, Mrs Winchester would think of something and told the man to build it. As you guessed 38 hours is a long time to build a house. So strange and curious features began to pop up everywhere. Walls and doors were put up randomly. Rooms were splits into smaller rooms and even smaller closets, but when you open the closet door, it was actually a secret passageway that led you to the room next door! Some doors were fakes with only a solid wall behind, columns were put in upside down (possibly to confuse the ghosts), stairs were installed that led to nowhere besides the ceiling and staircase were built to descend 7 steps and then rise eleven.
This mansion is probably the most curious house I’ve ever visited, full of oddities and very puzzling. There was never a blue print, everything was very randomly added. Till this day, I’m still amused by this out of proportioned residence. Of course, I’m also sad by how much money could be been spend in better ways to benefits more people.