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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a total weenie when it comes to haunted houses and everything scary, especially as related to Halloween. But, I find something incredible fascinating about the concept of haunted houses – legit ones, not ones where clowns have chainsaws in the bathrooms.

We came across this article on a house that I think I’ve seen on a show about haunted tv shows. The Winchester House in California — you got it, owned by the gun-making family – is a bizarre home filled with twists and turns and unexpected things around ever corner.

Sarah Winchester is the widow of the Winchester empire. Her husband died leaving her 20.5 million dollars in 1881. In modern terms, that’s nearly 500 million dollars. In her grief, Sarah turned to a psychic for answers and comfort. “The psychic advised Sarah to move out West and make amends for the many souls lost to Winchester rifles. To do this, she must continuously build and rebuild a house for herself and those murdered spirits. Fortunately for lovers of all things spooky, Sarah did just that. The result? A massive Victorian house filled with disturbing mysteries, occult activities, and puzzling rumors…”

The mansion is located in Santa Clara Valley, CA, and has 300 rooms, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, 7 floors, 6 kitchens, 3 elevators,  2 ballrooms, and 2 basements. *whew* Sarah used no architect other than a Ouija board, and the construction crew worked in shifts 24 hours a day. The home underwent constant change during construction, but also once rooms were done – as furnishings were exchanged in and out. The number 13 is a prevalent theme in the house, seen in the number of window panes, among other peculiarities.

At this point, I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves! Check out this article and the Winchester House website for more lore and a closer look!

Happy Halloween!
~Lainey