For nearly 100 years the Winchester Mystery House has stood as a testament to the ingenuity, singular vision and lore that surrounds its namesake, Sarah Pardee Winchester (heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune). Originally known as Llanada Villa, today it stands as an architectural wonder, a time capsule of a bygone era and one of America’s most celebrated haunted mansions.
Sarah Winchester was a true woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her initially small, two-story farmhouse to appease the spirits of those killed by the guns manufactured by her husband’s firearms company. The mansion is renowned for its many design curiosities, innovations (many ahead of their time) and paranormal activity.
From 1886 to 1922 construction seemingly never ceased as the original eight-room farmhouse grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion, featuring:
• 24,000 square feet
• 10,000 windows
• 2,000 doors
• 160 rooms
• 52 skylights
• 47 stairways and fireplaces
• 17 chimneys
• 13 bathrooms
• 9 kitchens
• Built at a price-tag of a then astronomical sum of $5,000,000
The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Historic State Landmark, a San Jose City Landmark, and one of the leading attractions in the Bay Area.
For almost 95 years the house has fascinated viewers and readers via do
cumentaries, TV shows, books, articles, and blogs. The story of Sarah Winchester and her incredible house was created into a major motion picture starring Academy Award®-winning actress Helen Mirren as Sarah.
The period paranormal thriller “Winchester” came out in February, 2018.