The Most Mysterious Mansion in America

By | June 8, 2018

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SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 05: A general view of the house and the atmosphere on the set at 'Winchester' Mystery House on May 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)

If you’ve ever been to Southern California, you may have had the chance to tour the infamous and mysterious Winchester mansion. Shrouded in mystery, it has over 160 rooms spanning 24,000 square feet that covers over six acres. There are 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 40 stairways, 13 bathrooms, six kitchens, three elevators and two basements.

The Queen Anne Style Victorian house was built in 1884 and is situated at 525 South Winchester Blvd., in San Jose, California. For decades, this mansion has been the source of many rumors, both of hauntings and mental illness. So much so that a movie about it was just released in February of 2018, called simply, Winchester, and brought in $38.7 million at the Box office. Sarah Winchester lived in that mansion.

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Sarah Winchester in a carriage.

Who was Sarah Winchester?

She was the widow of the billionaire gun manufacturer, William Wirt Winchester and the heiress his fortune. William died in 1881 from tuberculosis, leaving Sarah Winchester with more than $20.5 million, which is said to be over $520 million today and also roughly half the ownership of the Winchester repeating Arms Company.

Through this inheritance money and also part ownership, Sarah had an income of around $1,000 per day, which by today’s calculations would be over $25,000 per day. During this time, Sarah also suffered emotionally from the death of her infant daughter caused by a disease called, Marasmus.