The Winchester Mystery House is an architecture mystery and a historic landmark in San Jose Ca. Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester repeating arms fortune. The Winchesters had a tragedy as their infant daughter passed away from a childhood illness. Years later Sarah’s husband passed away from Tuberculosis. Shortly after Williams death, Sarah moved from New Haven Ct. to San Jose Ca where she bought an eight-bedroom farmhouse and began the worlds largest renovation only to stop with Sarah’s death Sept. 5, 1922.
Sarah built the mansion so the spirits of people who passed from the Winchester rifle would get lost and not find her. It currently has 24,000 square ft, 10,000 windows, 2,00 doors, 160 rooms, 52 skylights, 47 stairways and fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. The Winchester Mystery House has had its door open to the public since June 30, 1923.