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  Winchester Mystery House - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The house is predominantly wood frame construction, with a brick foundation.
Winchester's property was 161.919 acres (650,000 m²) at one time but now the estate is just 6.5 acres (24,000 m²) - the minimum to contain the house and nearby outbuildings.
The house also has many conveniences that were rarely found at the time of its construction, including steam and forced-air heating, modern indoor toilets and plumbing, push-button gas lights, hot shower from indoor plumbing and even three elevators, including one model which is unique to the house.
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 Winchester "Mystery" House
The house was rumored to have been built either to appease the spirits, or to be so confusing in design that they wouldn't be able to find here to exact their revenge.
Sara Winchester's estate was broken up and auctioned off quickly after her death, there was no complete inventory done of the house's contents, and early visitors to the house actually stole quite a bit of material.
This is one of the approximately 40 bedrooms in the house.
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 Winchester Mystery House
Winchester was her own architect, using no blueprints or plans, aided only by the spirits she consulted in the Séance Room she had built.
The Winchester Mystery House is a quirky, captivating, and pixilated place that appeals to all ages.
Except for maintenance and restoration, the house remains today in the same condition it was on the day that Sarah took her last breath.
www.travellady.com /Issues/March05/1300WinchesterMysteryHouse.htm   (843 words)

 TENbyTEN Mystery House
The tragic pang of survivor's guilt has provided the impetus for many a venture, humanitarian and otherwise, and simultaneously, this country is rife with examples of individuals who found themselves with a lot of time on their hands, extra cash, and the motivating thrust of eccentricity.
Winchester's grief over the loss of her husband and child was compounded by the harbinger of a spiritualist medium who informed her that she would be haunted by the spirits of those struck down by the Winchester Repeating Rifle unless she immediately bought a house and began to build upon it—continuously and until she died.
The Mystery House remains a permanent memorial to Winchester's folly, a testimony that plays out on multiple levels, from the squandered labor of such an immense effort to an irrepressible cultural reliance on activity and modes of communication framed by spectacle.
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 Skeptical Inquirer: Winchester Mystery House: fact vs. fancy - Investigative Files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Winchester had thirteen ceremonial robes; that fiction was probably inferred from the total of thirteen hooks in the room's two closets, some of them, however, placed implausibly low for robes.
President Theodore Roosevelt, a fan of Winchester rifles, knocked at the front door but was unrecognized by a servant and turned away (or insulted by being sent around to the back of the house) (Winchester 1997; Rambo 1967).
Winchester was reclusive, the single existing photograph taken of her during the thirty-eight years of mansion construction shows her seated in her carriage, apparently gazing at the camera, but without veil (Winchester 1997, 6).
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 Watch Your Step At the Winchester Mystery House, IRED
The legend of Sarah Pardee Winchester was created by her bizarre mansion and her nightly seances to thwart the vengeful spirits that Sarah believed haunted her in retaliation for the people killed by Winchester rifles, the "gun that won the West."
Seeking an outlet for her grief, a spiritualistic medium was consulted and Winchester was told that the deaths of her husband and daughter were brought about by the spirits of those who had been killed by the Winchester rifle.
Winchester was trapped for more than several hours at the front of the mansion in her famous Daisy bedroom.
www.ired.com /news/winchesterhouse/mysteryhouse.htm   (591 words)

 Internal Medicine Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Winchester Chest Clinic History
Sarah is buried far from the mystery house in Hew Haven's Evergreen Cemetery...next to her husband and daughter.
Winchester was deeply upset by the deaths of her husband and daughter and seems to have consulted a spiritualistic medium.
Winchester worked on her mansion, local people would pass by the estate and would wonder at the goings on.
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The parcel included a house of 8 or 9 rooms reported to still be under construction when she purchased it.
Winchester's death in 1922, the house was sold and then opened to the public as the Winchester Mystery House.
The Winchester House is located at 525 South Winchester Boulevard and is open to the public for tours the year around.
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 Winchester Mystery House   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Winchester Mystery House is located in San Jose California at 525 South Winchester Blvd. and is historical landmark #868.
William was the son of Oliver Winchester, the manufacturer of the well known Winchester Repeating Rifle.
The medium then instructed her to move west, purchase a house and continually build onto it (as the spirits instructed) in an attempt to confuse and escape the disgruntled spirits.
www.hallowfreaks.com /winchester.html   (713 words)

The house was rapidly growing and expanding and while Sarah claimed to have no master plan for the structure, she met each morning with her foreman and they would go over the her hand-sketched plans for the day’s work.
In order to insure that the house would never be finished, she decided to board up the front 30 rooms of the mansion so that the construction would not be complete - and also so that the spirits who fell when portion of the house collapsed would be trapped inside forever.
It was a house "where downstairs leads neither to the cellar nor upstairs to the roof." The rooms of the house were counted over and over again and five years later, it was estimated that 160 rooms existed.....
www.prairieghosts.com /winchester.html   (2409 words)

 Winchester Mystery House - Unexplained Mysteries Discussion Forums
Winchesters story is amazing, how sad to think of how badly she had been taken advantage of by her "psychic" advisors...
Winchester visited a medium who told her that the spirits wanted her to build a house, and to never stop construction.
Winchester was trapped for an hour, because she slept in a different room each night.
www.unexplained-mysteries.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=10478   (1684 words)

 Santa Clara Winchester Mystery House Hotel Discount Package
In 1884, a wealthy and eccentric widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such an enormous magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of many carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later.
For the romantic, a visit to the Winchester Mystery House is not complete until you have strolled through the beautiful Victorian gardens that surround this intriguing house.
Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous “Gun that Won the West” and help her attain eternal life.
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 Obiwan's UFO-Free Paranormal Page > Haunted Places > Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Winchester, who was the son of the man who founded the Winchester rifle empire.
Mysteriously, the hedge points to the bedroom where Sarah died.
There is a story about the Winchester Mystery House in the story archives under the title "Winchester Tour".
www.ghosts.org /haunted/winchester/winchester.html   (822 words)

 Interesting Thing of the Day: Winchester Mystery House
Winchester had visited a psychic in Boston who convinced her that she was indeed under a curse of sorts.
Winchester, in daily séances, received plans for the next day’s work directly from the dead, and simply did as she was told.
One indication is her repeated use of the number 13 in features of the house: there are 13 bathrooms; 13 palm trees line the driveway; most of the windows have 13 panes; a sink drain has 13 holes; a chandelier that originally had 12 lights was modified to have 13; and so on.
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 The Winchester mystery house
After her death, it was discovered that the Winchester fortune had by mostly eaten up by the expenses from the house, although it was rumored that treasure was secreted away somewhere in the great maze of rooms.
The house was eventually sold to a group of investors as a tourist attraction, though they found it difficult to know precisely what they had bought.
At least one of the spirits haunting the Winchester House seems to have a sense of humor, as employees report finding faucets turned on and floors flooded, but when the person leaves to get help with clean-up, he or she returns to find the water gone and the floor dry.
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 Happy Halloween - Winchester Mystery House   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
On September 30, 1862, at the height of the Civil War, William Wirt Winchester [of Winchester rifle wealth and fame] and Sarah Pardee were married in an elaborate ceremony in New Haven.
She also requested that all subsequent owners of the house allow the ghosts of yesteryear to still be welcome there and that they keep the property in good repair and tell all visitors about Sarah‚s project.
The furnishings, personal belongings and surplus construction and decorative materials were removed from the house and the structure itself was sold to a group of investors who planned to use it as a tourist attraction.
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 Rich Burridge's Blog : Weblog
The house is full of innovative technologies from that time (for example, modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators).
This is the bedroom that Mrs Winchester died in 1922 (dying in her sleep at the age of 83).
That quake trapped Mrs Winchester in one of the bedrooms at the front of the house.
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Sarah Winchester was very fond of the number "13", and it appears all over the place in various patterns.
What I felt in the house was a sense of whimsy, and maybe even a little bit of a wicked sense of humor from the woman long dead who built the place.
When we went through the house, the tour guide pointed out this window, the most expensive window in the house which was specifically designed to create beautiful patterns when sunlight hit it, poorly placed so that no sunlight would ever get through to it.
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 Secrets of the Winchester Mystery House | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
If you like the Winchester Mystery House, you might be interested in a tour guide's insider view, presenting fascinating tidbits that you don't see on the official tour.
I think the mystery house is much more interesting in the abstract than in person - most of the house hasn't been restored, so a lot of the time you're just walking through empty hallways of somewhat odd construction.
The Winchester house was kind of disappointing but that lady sure was crazy, and they have a pretty cool gun museum and that stamp a penny machine, which improves the most lackluster of attractions.
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 Traveller.Infoblog » The Winchester Mystery House
The result is a house of 2,500 square meters with 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 47 fireplaces, 40 stairs, 40 bedrooms, 6 kitchens and 3 elevators.
The reason for this strange behavior of Sarah Winchester was her believe in ghosts.
She thought, the ghosts could be exorcized by building on her house and designing bizarre features, for example doors to nowhere or stairs that lead to the ceiling.
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 Winchester Mystery House
The 160 room house is a jumble of twists and turns, dead ends and doors to nowhere.
Sarah Winchester was the wife of the heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune, William Winchester.
There were people working on the house twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year until the day she died, thirty eight years after construction began.
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 Looking for Winchester Mystery House Discount Coupons?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death 38 years later.
Designed and built by the widowed Winchester Rifle heiress, the Victorian mansion houses so many unexplained oddities that it has come to be called the Winchester Mystery House.
Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous "Gun that Won the West" and help her achieve eternal life.
www.santaclarahie.com /winchester-mystery-house.html   (729 words)

 The bizarre Winchester Mystery House - - The Times Republican   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Winchester and her servants needed a map to find their way around the house.
Winchester is given as the reason for her bizarre behavior in the building of this house.
Winchester was convinced by a spiritualist that continuous building on her home would appease or confuse the evil spirits of those killed by the famous Winchester Rifle, "Gun that Won the West.";
www.timesrepublican.com /columns/story/0924202004_colcol.asp   (777 words)

 Feed Yr Brain
Now, the 1800's were a time when lots of people knew about Winchester rifles and a lot of people owned them, which meant that a lot of people (and animals) also died because of them.
In addition to that, Sarah wanted the house filled with tricky stairwells, doors that led nowhere, secret passageways, spiderweb shaped windows, doors and cabinets that opened into walls, skylights that were built into the floor...so that she could trick the bad spirits.
Of course the house (with all of those rooms) was jam-packed with furniture, and it took 8 weeks at 6 truckloads of furniture a day to remove it all.
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