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Oct. 4, 2021

Winchester Mystery House | Welcome to My Crib!

Winchester Mystery House | Welcome to My Crib!

Welcome back to Reddit on Wiki, and here we are at Episode 12? We're 3 months in and glad you're staying along. This week's episode is the start of our #SpookySZN marathon where the guys will do something in the scary side to celebrate the Halloween season. John's up first, and he discusses The Winchester Mystery House.

According to Wikipedia: The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms magnate William Wirt Winchester. Located at 525 South Winchester Blvd. in San Jose, the Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan. It is a designated California historical landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is privately owned and serves as a tourist attraction.

Since its construction in 1886, the property and mansion were claimed by many to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles. Under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, its "from-the-ground-up" construction proceeded around the clock, by some accounts, without interruption, until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased.[3] Sarah Winchester's biographer, however, says that Winchester "routinely dismissed workers for months at a time 'to take such rest as I might'" and notes that "this flies in the face of claims by today's Mystery House proprietors that work at the ranch was ceaseless for thirty-eight years."[4]

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  1. Wikipedia contributors. (2021, November 11). Winchester Mystery House. Wikipedia.
  2. Research Guides: Winchester Rifle: A Resource Guide: Introduction. (n.d.). LOC.
  3. TIL in 2016, a previously unknown room was discovered in the Winchester Mystery House, bringing the total number of rooms to 161. The mansion has 47 staircases, 47 fireplaces, and over 10,000 windows. (2021, January 3). Reddit.
  4. Winchester Mystery House. (2019, October 9). History.
  5. IAmA tour guide at the Winchester Mystery House, a popular haunted house in San Jose, CA built by the eccentric widow of the president of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. AMAA! (2012, August 20). Reddit.

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