The Winchester Mystery House is a 160-room, once-7 story mansion built by a grieving widow. For thirty-eight continuous years Sarah Winchester commanded construction of this house, led by a spiritual medium to believe that if she stopped construction she would be afflicted by the family curse that had struck her husband and child.
In 1884, Sarah reached Santa Clara Valley in California and began funding the endless construction of her new home. As time progressed, the house grew bigger and bigger and bigger, reaching 7 stories in 1906.
Obsessed with the number 13, the home features 13 panes of glass, 13-panelled walls, 13 cupolas in the greenhouse, and 13-sectioned floors. And all staircases but one had 13 steps.
All of this was constructed in order to appease the spirits that Sarah was told wished vengeance on her for her ancestors’ misdeeds.
In 1906, the great San Francisco Earthquake struck, and parts of the Winchester Mansion fell to ruins. The top three floors fell into the garden and were never reconstructed.
On September 4th, 1922, after a seance, Sarah went to bed and never woke up.
These days, the house is a California Historical Landmark and is a hot spot for lovers of paranormal activity.
Did anyone read Stephen King’s Rose Red? Because I swear it must be based on this.
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