Winchester house is a place where you can easily hear strange voices, screams and people who are dead for more than 13 decades. But this can happen in any other haunted place listed in the top 10 most haunted places on earth, then what makes Winchester house so special? It is the story of its construction. Most haunted houses were build for people but somehow got infested by spirits but Winchester house was primarily built for ghosts and spirits.
Why such a house was built?
Unlike the foundation of other houses which are based on cement and metal, the foundation of Winchester house was pure fear. The story began in 1880 when Oliver Fisher Winchester, the owner of a successful Rifle manufacturing company died and left his heritage to his senior son William Wirt Winchester. William was married to Sarah and their happy life turned into a nightmare as soon as they got the ownership of the company. First their only daughter died of marasmus in the age of 6 months and then William died in 1881 due to tuberculosis, only one year after inheriting the Rifle Company of his father.
House for the spirits
William left a fortune($20 million dollars) for her wife Sarah who was flooded with grief and fear. Worried by the mental health of Sarah, a friend took her to a spiritualist to find out the series of sudden tragedies in her life. The spiritualist analysed all the things about Sarah and told that her family has been cursed by nature due to all the deaths by Rifles manufactured in their company and there’s only one way to stop this curse: She’ll have to build a house for all the spirits wandering freely due to the deaths from their Rifles and she’ll have to continue the construction until she’s alive. If she stops the construction, she would die just like the other family members. So Sarah bought a farmhouse having 8 rooms with 162 acres of land outside of San Jose and started building it with more rooms. As directed by spiritualist, she had people working on the construction 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week. They used to work at night too. She spent all the blood money of his husband’s company in construction of the house.
Strange thing about the house
The house was built for 38 years, until Sarah Winchester died at the age of 83 in her sleep(in 1922). Now the house has 160 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces and 6 kitchens. The home has around 10,000 windows and thousands of doors. But the internal design of the house is really strange. There are doors which open into walls and windows. Many of the staircases lead into the ceiling. They all were built as directed by the spiritualist to confuse the angry spirits.
Sarah used to sleep in a different room each night. Sarah had an obsession with number 13. An expensive imported chandelier that originally had 12 candle-holders was altered to accommodate 13 candles, a spider web-patterned stained glass window contains 13 colored stones and wall clothes hooks are in multiples of 13. The sink’s drain covers also have 13 holes. As a tribute, the house’s current owners have created a topiary (tree shaped like the numeral 13). Also, every Friday the 13th the large bell on the house is rung 13 times at 13:00 hours.
Winchester House today
When Sarah died, the construction was stopped instantly. Many people say some carpenters left nails only halfway hammered into the wall. Today it is kind of a tourist attraction where people come and experience the chills. Many visitors and housekeepers have complaint of strange activities in the house. They hear music playing from the different organs, sounds of turning of pages in the rooms around the tables and many have seen Sarah herself wandering in the house.
Now the Winchester House is open for visitors every day except for Christmas. On Halloween and Friday the 13th, they offer a special flashlight tour which you can enjoy with your friends if you are strong hearted and want to feel the chills.
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