Nestled in beautiful San Jose is a mysterious house that once belonged to Sarah Winchester. Now, the mansion is known as the Winchester Mystery House because of the odd context that the house was built from. Believed to be haunted by many, the Winchester Mystery House is one of the more popular attractions near Mountain View, CA for those interested in the supernatural. Come and visit the Winchester Mystery House during your stay in Mountain View.
It all begins with Sarah Winchester. Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1840, she eventually married William Wirt Winchester, son of Oliver Winchester, who was a manufacturer of the famous Winchester rifle. While their marriage was a happy one, tragedy eventually struck when their infant daughter died from a disease. Only a few years later, her husband died from tuberculosis. In grief, she visited a mediator who told her that she was being haunted by the spirits of those that had been killed by the Winchester rifles during the Civil War. She was told to move West and to build a home that would appease the spirits. In fact, it is believed that she was told that if construction ever ended, it would even lead to her immortality. She purchased land in the Santa Clara Valley in 1884 and for the next thirty-eight years, construction on the Winchester Mansion never stopped. Originally only eight rooms, the house grew to be seven stories and consists of staircases that lead to nowhere, secret passages, and other oddities. All these things believed to be built in order to confuse the spirits that she believed were haunting her.
To come and see this beautiful Victorian mansion, various tours are offered. The mansion tour is a 65 minute tour that will take you throughout the interior of the mansion while being led by a knowledgeable tour guide. To purchase tickets, and to see the schedule of tours, visit winchestermysteryhouse.com.