The historical Winchester House may ring a few bells to those who are into conspiracies, paranormal phenomenas and the supernatural, but to most, the incredible mystery mansion, is just that – a mystery.
The house, located in California, has 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 47 staircases, 52 skylights, six kitchens, three elevators, two basements and 13 bathrooms. You know, just enough to live comfortably.
But why so many features? Well, way back in the ’80s (the 1880’s to be exact) Sarah Winchester inherited nearly $20.5 million after the death of her beloved husband, rifle magnate William Winchester. Today, that would equate nearly 500 million dollars. Sadly, his death left more than just a couple mill.
The widower was heart broken over her husband’s death, and hired a psychic medium who advised Sarah to move out west and make amends for the many souls lost to Winchester rifles. To complete this quest, she must continuously build and rebuild a house for herself and said murdered spirits, and any halt on construction would result in a horrible death.
Sarah took her advice, and in 1884 she moved west to California and purchased an eight-room farmhouse in what is now San Jose, California. She immediately started renovating the farm house, adding more rooms, staircases, windows and more, with construction continuing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for 38 years.
Sarah never consulted an architect, but rather conducted séances to help her create the home. The designs were made specifically to trick spirits, with secret passage ways and staircases leading to nowhere, and trap doors hiding massive drops.
She even made her builders install things incorrectly, and being fascinated with the number 13, she made sure the number appeared in many aspects of the renovations. The commitment.
Construction ended when Ms. Winchester died in her sleep at the age of 83 in 1922. Until recently, it was believed that the mansion had a total of 160 rooms, but it looks like Sarah’s spiritual guidance and trickery has worked, because they have only now just found another.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, an unexplored attic room has been unearthed. Winchester allegedly took refuge in said space during the historic earthquake that shook the Bay Area in 1906. Since Winchester, was so spiritual, she believed the natural disaster was a result of angry poltergeists and subsequently boarded up the room for good.