In the past twenty plus years of participating in this annual holiday trip to San Jose, we never once made it to the Winchester House. So on this particular trip, we decided to bypass all family and only visit the Winchester House. Somehow this made sense at the time.
If you are unfamiliar with the Winchester House, it was owned by the Winchester family. Yes, the man who owned rights to the creation of the Winchester gun- wealthy! After Mr. Winchester passed, Mrs. Winchester began to seek fortune tellers and anyone who offered advice on how to ward off spirits.
She believed that she would be haunted by all the spirits who had died from the barrel of her husband's creation. So the (not sure what they are called) person who conducted seances told her that in order to confuse and trap spirits, she would have to never stop building her house.
So she did...not. She had builders make stairs that lead to the ceilings, doors that opened to nothing, rooms that could not open, etc... With her husband's fortune and her aunt's will's contribution to her, she was very wealthy with about 20 million dollars around the 1850's - 1900's.
We couldn't take pictures inside the house, but we were allowed to capture the gardens and sheds.
It was an interesting tour. About two and a half hours, over a mile, and barely 3 stories in this house. I would say go if you have nothing to do, but compared to other tours and hyped up expectations, it was just okay. Still, we're glad we went and I'm glad my update is over! Let's get back to what's going on now!