Fans of paranormal investigations and historic locations rejoice! The Winchester Mystery Mansion located in San Jose, CA has just announced a special event this Halloween season when they will be offering tours solely by candlelight throughout the month of October.
That’s right you can actually tour what is possibly the most famous and certainly the most sprawling haunted homes in America completely by candlelight.
According to legend, Sarah Winchester began construction on the home after the death of her husband and child. A medium informed Sarah that she would be forever haunted by the spirits of those who had been killed by the famous Winchester rifle her husband had invented. The medium supposedly claimed that the deaths of the husband and child were directly related to these spirits and that, in order to escape the same fate, the widow must move west from Boston and build a home that would offer asylum to those numerous lost souls.
With over $20,000,000 in the late 1800s and no more familial ties, Sarah packed her things and left quickly. For the remainder of her life, construction never stopped on the home. She had the idea to confuse the spirits so they could not actually follow her through the expansive mansion. There are staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that open onto multistory drops, and secret passages everywhere. It is said that Sarah would go to her seance room every evening and would divine the next phase of construction and the newest ideas to trip up the spirits who would not leave her be.
Boasting a reported 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 47 stairways, 6 kitchens, and 13 bathrooms, one can only imagine how easily you could get turned around in the day time, much less at night by candlelight. It’s a paranormal investigators dream!
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