William and Sarah had a daughter, Annie Pardee Winchester, born on July 12, 1866 who passed away only five and a half months later from marasmus. They had no other children. Upon her husband’s death in 1881, Sarah inherited $20 million dollars and nearly 50% of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company stock.
Grieving from the loss of her daughter and husband, Sarah visited a medium who recommended she move west and told her she needed to keep building to appease the spirits of the numerous people the Winchester rifle killed over the years. Sarah moved and bought a two-story, eight-room farmhouse in 1884 near San Jose, CA and began “remodeling”. She called her home Llanada Villa.
Construction continued around the clock seven days a week adding on and adding on and adding on. You could say that this was a renovation that got out of control.
In that space, the eight rooms had multiplied into 160. There were:
Other doors opened up to a wall.
While I was driving to the library, I saw a house with a door to nowhere.
On the night of October 31, 1924, the famous magician Harry Houdini visited the house to debunk the claims of paranormal activity. By the time he left, he had more questions than answers and referred to it as “The Mystery House.”
In 2018, a movie was made of Sarah Winchester and her mystery house called Winchester, starring Helen Mirren.
Was she simply crazy? Or was she haunted by restless souls?
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