Home is supposed to be the most comfortable place in the world. What if, I tell you that there is a house in the world where the moment you enter, you face an unpleasant feeling of danger. Believe it or not, Winchester Mystery House is the creepiest house in the whole wide world. Thanks to the eccentricity of its architecture that includes doors and staircases that lead to nowhere.
Another question that might be coming into your mind that why is Winchester House famous for being mysterious. There is this really fascinating story behind it. I assure you that you will agree with me that more than being mysterious there is a misery behind the history of this house.
Winchester Mystery House is a mansion located in the beautiful city of San Jose, California. It was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Sarah believed that her family was actually cursed because there were a series of deaths in her family. Her only daughter, Annie Pardee Winchester died few weeks after her birth. Her father-in-law died in 1880 followed by which her husband departed because of Tuberculosis.
After all the deaths in her family, Sarah went into severe depression. She received almost 50 percent of ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, giving her an income of approximately $2,000 per day. Sarah was also obsessed with the spirit world and firmly believed that the spirits of the people killed by Winchester Rifles had cursed her family. Apparently, Sarah was told by a medium that the spirit of his husband wanted her to move to the West coast and build a home for herself. With the tremendous amount of wealth left by her husband, Sarah utilized it to built a beautiful house.
Sarah bought a farmhouse in San Jose and kept on building it. The construction went on for 38 years and the house had 160 rooms covering an area of 4.5 acres. She had built the house without a master plan and the eccentric nature of the house is clearly reflected in its architecture. The house had various oddities like doors and staircases leading to nowhere, windows overlooking other rooms, and stairs with odd-sized risers. It is possibly due to her belief in ghosts that she built her house in a haphazard pattern.
The earthquake of 1906 affected the Winchester Mystery House. Earlier, it was seven stories high, but today it stands with only four stories. When Sarah Winchester died, she passed all her possessions to her niece and personal secretary.
The house was further sold in an auction to a local investor who leased it to Mayme Brown for ten years. During their tenure period, the house was opened to the public. Today, The Winchester Mystery House is a National Historic Landmark and California historic landmark number 868.
The effect of number 13 is clearly seen at Sarah Winchester House. Candle holders in the house accommodate 13 candles, wall clothes having hooks in multiples of 13 and a creepy spider window which contains 13 colored stones. Also, whenever a Friday falls on 13th day of the month, a large bell is rung 13 times at 13:00 hours as a tribute to Winchester's belief in the spirit world.
She left behind a house full of mysteries.
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