I watched a really strange programme on TV about a weird and haunted house in America, so I found some clips off YouTube (below) to share so you can decide for yourself just how odd this place is.
The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known mansion in Northern California. It was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The house was continuously under construction for 38 years and is reported to be haunted. Under Winchester’s day-to-day guidance, its “from-the-ground-up” construction proceeded around the clock, without interruption, from 1884 until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased. The cost for such constant building has been estimated at about US $5.5 million if the whole bill had been paid in 1922 when Sarah Winchester died (this would be equivalent to over $71 million in 2010)
The Winchester Mystery House from above (Google Maps image)
The Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size and utter lack of any master building plan. According to popular belief, Winchester thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of the people who fell victim to Winchester rifles, and that only continuous construction would appease them.
Popular belief holds that a Boston Medium consulted by Sarah after the death of her husband and the untimely death of her young daughter, told Winchester that she had to leave her home in New Haven and travel West, where she must “build a home for yourself and for the spirits who have fallen from this terrible weapon (the by then most famous and biggest selling gun, the Winchester Repeating Rifle), too. You must never stop building the house. If you continue building, you will live forever. But if you stop, then you will die.”
Winchester left her New Haven home and headed for California. In 1884 she purchased an unfinished farm in Santa Clara Valley, and began building her mansion. Carpenters were hired and worked on the house day and night until it became a seven story mansion.
The June 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix relates the story from then-current accounts as follows: “Winchester and the baby girl died suddenly and Mrs Winchester, stunned by the tragedy, fell into a coma so serious that physicians despaired of her life. “Finally she recovered and, at a friend’s suggestion, visited a medium. During a séance, according to those familiar with her story, she received a communication from her dead husband in which he said: ‘Sarah dear, if our house had not been finished, I would still be with you. I urge you now to build a home, but never let it be finished, for then you will live.’ ”
Winchester inherited more than $20.5 million upon her husband’s death. She also received nearly 50 percent ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, giving her an income of roughly $1,000 per day, none of which was taxable until 1913. This amount is roughly equivalent to about $300,000 a day in 2012. All of this gave her a tremendous amount of wealth to fund the ongoing construction.
The house now serves as a tourist attraction so if you ever visit San Jose, take a visit ….
Trailer for USA ‘Most Haunted’ TV Show
‘Lucky 13’ at the Winchester Mystery House trailer
Complete 42 minute long TV programme ‘Ghost Adventures’