Real Haunted Houses

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Winchester Mystery House

San Jose, California
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Few haunted houses are more splendid and massive than the Winchester Mystery House. Once the pet project of wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, the Winchester Mystery House, which began as a humble 6-room home, is now a popular destination for ghost tours of the San Jose area.

In 1884 Sarah Winchester, heiress of the Winchester Rifle fortune, began construction on a Victorian-style mansion. Driven by her supposed guilt over the many deaths her husbandâ??s rifle business caused, Sarah paid a veritable army of construction workers and craftsmen to build the sprawling 160-room house over the course of nearly forty years. Devastated by the untimely deaths of both her husband and baby daughter and thinking them to be connected to the shooting deaths of many victims of the Winchester rifle, Sarah was supposedly told that continually building the rambling home would appease (or in some cases perhaps trap) the spirits and lift a curse.

Acting as her own architect, Sarah consulted with spiritual guides to make sure the wandering souls whoâ??d lost their lives by gunshot would find a final resting place. Sarah Winchester never created a master set of blueprints, instead she sketched the rooms she wanted on scraps of paper and occasionally tablecloths. The houseâ??s hallways and corridors are like a labyrinth, causing many to speculate that perhaps Sarahâ??s goal was to trap and confuse the spirits who sought vengeance on her family. Rumor has it Sarah tried to avoid the restless ghosts by sleeping in a different room every night.

When the earthquake of 1906 struck, Sarah was trapped in the Daisy Room where sheâ??d been sleeping near a fireplace that suddenly collapsed. When she was finally freed, she said the experience was the result of the ghosts wanting her to stop spending so much time perfecting the mansionâ??s front roomsâ??and that they were furious she thought she was nearly finished with her construction. So Sarah obediently boarded up 30 rooms and focused on even more expansion. She never again used her then recently acquired (and quite pricey for the time) front doors.

Filled with â??modernâ? amenities, the Winchester mansion includes button-operated lights, nearly 50 fireplaces, parquet floors and gorgeous chandeliers. Almost every window has 13 panes of glass, most floors contained 13 sections and all but one staircase boasts 13 steps. But beyond the architectural oddities and trappings of wealth, it seems the mansion has also trapped a fair share of spirits.

Ghostly animals began to be sighted and many people have reported seeing things ghosting about. People hear mysterious voices, footsteps and doors slamming shut. Cold spots and strange lights appear and then fade away. An employee of the mansion claimed to see a figure of an elderly woman in one of the rooms and asked who they had gotten to portray Mrs. Winchester. Alarmed, a coworker explained they did not have any reenactors. Could it be that Sarah succeeded in trapping the ghosts who dogged her steps for so many years and they still roam the Winchester mansion? Or are the disturbances signs that Sarah herself has never left the buildingâ??trapped with the same ghosts she feared?

Today 110 of the 160 rooms are available for tourists to seeâ??but stick with your guide so you donâ??t become a victim of the wandering designs and maze-like halls!

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Patricia Garcia says:

September 22, 2005, 3:23 pm

~~~ hi, my name is Patty, and i was curious where this whinchester house is located.. i can see its in san jose,but im interested in going to take a look. I saw it on t.v and now here, so the interest keeps growing…

Thank You.

~ Patty Garcia ~

sarah says:

September 23, 2005, 6:06 pm

hey patty im actually from sanjose and i go to the winchester house often its great there hope i helped.
The Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd.
(between Stevens Creek Blvd. and I280)
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-2000
Fax:(408) 247-2090
Please call or go to their website for more information.

cherish says:

October 4, 2005, 6:30 am

*smile* I’ve see this show your talking about Patty… It was called Haunted Mansion…or something along those lines. I enjoyed watching it! The thing is… I’ve been living over seas for quite sometime now and I can’t ever seem to find anything real—ghost like or haunted, thou I am said to be living on the most haunted island on earth, Okinawa, Jp. LORD, WHAT I’D GIVE TO SEE SOMETHING!!!


Debbie says:

October 5, 2005, 6:38 pm

I went out there last year. When my husband was the last one to walk thruough a door it always slammed after him, but no doors slammed when someone else was the last to walk through it. Also my sister’s and my camera battries drained before we were in the house for 15 minutes.

Jessica says:

October 6, 2005, 6:10 pm

Hi I have seen the house and Sarah was pinned in a room but she survived…and she died in her bed. She didnt disappear and the building did stop after she passed away.

Exene says:

October 9, 2005, 4:49 pm

Im Exene,I was just wondering wa do u mean she was “pinned to” the room?

mercedes says:

October 9, 2005, 8:15 pm

The house sounds pretty cool, I heard that the house has staircases leading up to nothing. i would love to go see the house I am into that kind of stuff though.

Noctum says:

October 15, 2005, 10:36 pm

Ok she was not “pinned” into the room after the quake. You see she never slept in the same room twice (so as to confuse the spirits) After the earthquake she was trapped for I believe 8 hours in a room and the Servants had to pry the door open with some crow bars (wich she never bothered to repair and the marks can still be seen there to this day.) Another interesting thing about this house besides windows looking down into the Kitchen from the floor is the use of the number 13 it is preminent in the entire design of the house from stained glass windows to the grates on the drains in the kitchen sink.

BettyE. says:

October 25, 2005, 1:56 pm

yea my friend told me about his house and i guess its real i also heard about the stairs that lead up to nothing. it would be intresting to see the house.

JenL says:

October 26, 2005, 12:44 pm

Oh please – learn how to check facts!! Sarah’s husband and child died 18 years apart (or some huge length of time like that) and she never lived in the house when they were alive (she moved out West and bought it on the advise of a medium who claimed to contact the supposed souls haunting Sarah). Try reading the history of the mansion again on it’s website and you’ll get a much clearer idea of the REAL history of this place, which is cool and creepy enough without people getting the story HORRIBLY WRONG. Also, the mansion used to have 3 additional floors, but they collapsed when the big quake happened and Sarah didn’t rebuild them – in fact, she actually walled off some of the rooms completely!!
It is a totally insane building, but very very kewl. Everyone who can should totally check it out!!!! : )

Candy11 says:

October 26, 2005, 1:11 pm

I need to know what “pinned” means because i am intrested in going

potter says:

November 1, 2005, 3:34 pm

I read about the house and i saw a documentary about it on TV … said something like the house has a certain munber of stair ways windows….the numbers are supposed to be the same like 13 or something…i would like to go see the house some time

David says:

November 15, 2005, 12:49 am

I think that all you guys are *****

cindy says:

November 16, 2005, 5:11 pm

I have friends that are ghost hunters and got a great EVP from this house. They posted it on their website. You can hear it too at:

It was taken while they did a radio show. It’s great.

Amy says:

November 21, 2005, 12:58 am

I’ve been to the mansion and experienced something I can’t explain. While waiting for my scheduled tour, I walked out of the souvenir shop, and into the small garden area where the beginning of tour starts in a designated area just in front of a large wooden door. I walked farther east, curious to see what might be down that way, and I saw a small area where there was a gentleman dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. He looked like some sort of maintenance worker. He was walking toward a building, that looked to be the garage of some sort, and he opened a door to that building, looking over in my direction. We locked eyes, and he continued to stare at me. I got an anxious feeling, like I wasn’t supposed to be looking at him and seeing what he was doing- so i quickly looked away. I walked back to the souvenier shop and got my friend, and told him i wanted to see what that building was, where I just saw a guy walk into. (you see, everything in this garden area is locked up and not accessable- and you can only get inside the home by way of the tour guide) I led my friend east from the souvenir building, and could not find what I had just seen maybe 5 minutes ago. There was no building that looked like a garage, nor were there any doors! It simply looked as if we were at the sides of buildings. You know, how the sides of (square) homes have nothing on the sides, except maybe a meter, or gas tank. No matter how many times I walked around this little garden, I never saw the “garage” again.
I took the tour, and it was an awesome house…I just wish they would show more of the house. It’s soo big, yet you get through it in such a short time. I don’t think we saw the entire house. I didn’t experience anything else after that.

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 3:53 pm

I’ve heard about this one on TV! Doors leading outside on the upper floors and everything. And yeah, there was supposed to be something about 13. 13 bathrooms, 13 sinks, even 13 hooks in the (13) closets..I really want to go there if I ever get the chance. Only problem is, I’m in NC. But oh, well.

Actually, when I first started reading this, it reminded me of Stephen King’s Rose Red. Heh.

shay says:

December 4, 2005, 12:37 am

wow i think that is really neat. My mom and i beleive there is a ghost in our house cause sometimes certin lights in our house turn on and off and doors close, (when all the doors are shut) and we hear ppl walking around when there is no one home.

April says:

December 9, 2005, 12:12 pm

I read about the Winchester mansion in a book that I have. Ever since reading it, I have wanted to visit. I read that some of the chimneys are blocked off at the top and then others connect with other chimneys. They are suppose to be an easy way out for the spirits. There is also a room that people know exist but have never found. This is supposedly where Sarah communicated with the ‘good spirits.’ The hallway leading to this room is very strange, with many twists and turns and since Sarah was a rather short lady, some of the doorways were only five foot high. That was so that the bad spirits would run into the door frame and not be able to follow her. I would absolutely love to visit this place.

thayet59 says:

December 12, 2005, 11:34 am

Sounds pretty cool, if you ask me. I might try visiting some time.

Michelle says:

December 30, 2005, 11:21 pm

The Spirits had told sarah that they wouldnt kill her if they built them a house… They would tell her the design of the house and she would drawl it for the carpenters to work on… She had past away from working so hard and the working had stopped you can still see the half hammered nails in the walls to this day… Its also siad that trap doors were built to confuse intruder’s Some doors you could open and they would have no entrence and some other’s you can open and fall to your death…

Suzy says:

January 6, 2006, 6:40 pm

I went to see this house five years ago with my husband and the house is very beautiful. It has many rooms and yes there are stairs that lead to nowhere. If you go on the tour, you must be very careful as to not go astray, you may get lost because the house is a very complicated home. Not only is the house beautiful but the garden that she planted is just as breathtaking as well. I did not encounter any weird apparitions or feel any spiritual beings that still exist in the home.

Ali says:

January 23, 2006, 7:47 pm

Anyone think that this is kinda like that movie Rose Red?

Vanessa says:

January 26, 2006, 6:19 pm

If you come on this website and call people names for believing in this stuff… may I ask what you are doing on this site. Obviously you are interested in it too just too embarassed to admit it. Besides.. how old are you? 8? Grow up!

Jackie says:

January 26, 2006, 7:33 pm

this stuff is true

Bryce bigler says:

February 2, 2006, 12:27 am

I’ve been there and it gives you a really weired feeling,our battries also died around 15 minuts in.

Cole West says:

February 10, 2006, 11:15 am

i think that a sacry story i been there before and i belive u.


Chris Grant says:

February 15, 2006, 12:23 pm

yes i did watch the documentary about this place. there are passegas that lead to nowher and stair cases that lead up to brick walls outside the doors. creepy huh? I WILL GO THERE AND GO IN THE HOUSE.

kristi says:

February 16, 2006, 7:53 pm

I had lived in CA for 6-7 years before a friend of mine flew out to visit me. It was then that I finally got to see the famous Whinchester house at age 20 before I knew the whole story. It is beautiful and breath taking. Unfortunatly I did not see anything. Although I would have loved to. I can’t help but wonder how scared this poor women must have been to go to such great lenghts to confuse ghosts. I would really like to go back but the tours are a little pricy if you ask me. During halloween they have flashlight tours at night and on any friday the 13ths. If I do go again it will be for a flashlight tour.

Laura says:

February 23, 2006, 9:41 pm

I’ve really been wanting to go to this and I asked my sister if we could check it out (we live in Sacramento), and she said that she had already planned it with her friends a day before. She didn’t even know I want to go…We must be destined to go hahah.

tu padre luke says:

March 1, 2006, 1:11 am

que poedo no le entiendo ni madre pinches gringos ponganlo en espanol chingadamadre digo si se puede no o que me miras pendejo traducelo puto o el pendejo que se aparecera en tu canton sera otro puto y me saludas a tu pinche vieja dile que al rato me la pizo ala pendeja como dice molotov que le gusta tambien por el ano ala pendeja sale pues mijo tito la rato y no se te olvide puto te estoy mirando cabron yo se donde vives y tu pinche perrito 2
ha y la neta esta mejor el tercer milenio

jose ruiz says:

March 1, 2006, 1:21 am

ten cuidao este wey de el jefe de luke si es cabron no lo conosco pero te acuerdas del chupacabras a poz ese wey no es pero dicen que ese wey se lo piteo al pinche goatsucker y como te dijo sela dejo ir por el ojo de payaso asi que cuidate pinche gringo de mierda por que hasta con el chiquito te pueden ganar o la neta sabes que loco olomejor sales ganando tu puto ale nomas no le vallas a salir con la mamada que si se va a poner cremita wey por que sabes que nomas se te pondra morado el pinche culo como el chino wango
ha y si no es mucho pedir wey me saludas a tu vieja n o puto digo no mames al jefe de luke si le pasas el recado que culero y aun compa no chingate pues puto chingao ya te avise pues sabes que vato ultimadamente wey hay te voy asi que ve haciendo tus culo ejercicios pendejpo [por que este cowboy si carga gandre

jessica says:

March 25, 2006, 6:13 pm


gabby says:

March 25, 2006, 6:15 pm

hahaha i know u r

Tara says:

April 4, 2006, 9:12 pm

The frist time I heard of this place was on TV. It does sound really cool but it doesnt sound like to many ppl have seen or felt anything. I would love to visit this house but I think I would go see something a little more haunted.

Charlie says:

April 8, 2006, 1:17 pm

I have read this story and all the comments, and I must say it sounds amazing. I would love to go see this house. I have been a few ghost tours, but I live in Canada and the only places that have these are quebec city and ottawa. I have been on both and we have some intresting buildings here. If this house is what people say, then I would be more then willing to go.

Amanda says:

April 15, 2006, 1:20 am

I was lucky enough to take a flashlight tour of this place last year. I was pretty familiar with the history, but also learned soo much while on the tour. My group experienced equpiment failure with brand new flashlights and such. I thought I heard occasional knocking on the walls. And interesting thing happened to me on one of Sarah’s staircases. The steps were very shallow, due to her arthritis, and it was tricky walking on them. I could have sworn I smelled the scent of perfume. It was so strong to me, and it was only in that area, no one else seemed to notice though. I’d recommend anyone who is into paranormal activity visit this house. The flashlight tours are not “scary” and might even cause you to miss out on some of what the house has to offer. I’d love to go back during the day so I can see more than just what my flashlight was able to light up.

James says:

April 28, 2006, 3:11 am

I have spirit things in my house but i dont know what they are.i live in kansas.I realy dont think that they are spirits of people, I really think that they are just demons trying to scare us like, theyve played the piano before on a quiet afternoon which really scares me. ya i defenatly think that they just try to scare you ,and thats all theyve done

elizabeth says:

April 29, 2006, 12:20 am

Why do you think that the spirits in your house are demons trying to scare you?

to james

john smith says:

May 11, 2006, 12:28 pm

Hi this is Jonn smith and i come from death of pocahantus and this a lie we ghots we just come for are unfinished bussienss

kelly says:

May 17, 2006, 10:36 pm

well i dont know if any of this is true but i have one that is true..its about my dad’s older brothers first wife..Well, this was in Laos so yea..well they were married for a few years and before that his first wife was already married to a guy, but he died in the vietnam war..then after that my dad’s brother married her….after a couple of years my dad’s brother went hunting and his wife went went to go farming. Then they don’t knoe why but when she got home she got really sick…so they decided to the hmong tradition thing..(you know the thing where we call it jingle bell in slang for english where they do all those ringing noise.)…well yea..while they were doin it….his wife suddenly woke up and started talkin and laughing ….they heard her saying that they can’t stop him because when her husband my dad’s older brother went hunting and she went to the farm….i guess that her old husband already came bac and took her spirit ….but only her body is left…to come bac…and their only way to save her was to tie her up against something and not let her get up… but they didn’t do that..and before she went she said that if they go outside and listen they’ll hear dogs barking…cause we all know dogs could see ghosts or watever…so they did then all of a sudden everything became kinda dark and the dogs started to bark…….and she said it was because her husband was coming to get her…now that’s a true story..i got a lot more….that are true but this one is for now…

Miss new booty says:

May 19, 2006, 11:37 pm

you all are funny cuz u guys are white lol power to the blacks!!! free us!!!!!!!!!end slavery!!all hale the king!!!!!and no not elvis you white crackers i mean martin luther king jr!!! thanks for listening
peace crackers

joan says:

May 24, 2006, 3:52 pm

I think that this story was freaky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it was cool.

Genina says:

May 26, 2006, 2:36 am

Gotta love living in San Jose! For those of you who haven’t been to the Winchester Mystery House, you should go if you are ever in the area. It’s definately worth it. The house is really creep and has a lot of history to it.

shannon smith says:

June 4, 2006, 1:42 am

my mom and faimly say im an old spirt and what patty was talking about that show ive seeen it and just turned my cousin on it

Vincent says:

June 27, 2006, 3:30 am

ok, so I went to this hosue and funny story. I hit my head on one of the pipes in the basement and started bleeding. yea I was dumb but ehh. also the hosue gave me weird vibes through ym body when I saw the staircase. yea weird I know. anyways great hosue

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Matt says:

July 2, 2006, 7:49 pm

I have visited that house multiple times during the daytime tour and I have never seen anything out of the ordinary except for the house itself.

lang says:

July 4, 2006, 8:50 pm

padre luke and jose ruiz, dont ever post in spanish again. i dont have time for mexicans

PandaBlaze34 says:

July 6, 2006, 10:23 am

isnt it that house that has trap doors? i mean like you open a door and theres brick wall..or it just falls straight to the ground?

Cathy says:

July 7, 2006, 8:38 pm

I’ve been there several times I never had any camera problems and I have several pictures one with my daughter sitting in sarah’s carriage which is sitting inside the house right when you start the tour other pics of her bed room and stair cases going no where and windows every where the bathrooms and kitchen have pipes that really dont belong and the kitchen has alot of windows looking at almost every view I also was in the earthquake room it was very damaged and never repaired after the quake. The location of the house is also unusual its like next to a resturant and across from shopping it’s on a busy street it is weird to see it not off in a woods or something Go see it yourself it is very cool.

Narayan says:

July 13, 2006, 12:18 pm

Hi my name is narayan.i als visited the plsce and it was very scary their. thank you for your information of that house.

Channy says:

July 16, 2006, 1:15 am

Hm, I heard differently from a TV report about the Winchester Mansion. After the death of her family, she contacted them and the spirits threatened to hurt her unless she built a home for them, and each day something would be edited or change to the house, otherwise she’d regret it. So, the fear of death gotten to her to spend a great deal of amount of money. Her designs were quite amazing considering she designed something out of the oridinary everyday easily. Some suspected that the spirits aided her with the designs. For years she never missed a change nor a new design to that home. But unfortunately, she died but not of being locked in a room during an earthquake (ridiculous).

But who knows, maybe what I stated is wrong what I’ve gotten from television or we are both wrong. Only Sarah knows but unfortunately that wouldn’t be possible now to clearify it. Although despite all this “edited stories” that has been rushing through our naive brains, I have to admit it is quite entertaining. :)

jay says:

July 18, 2006, 6:45 pm

Sarah Winchester was the widow of the man who invented the Winchester rifle she was told by a psychic who contacted her out of the blue that if she kept on adding on to her house it would apease the spirits of those who were killed by the Winchester rifles. I believe that she was just a seriously superstitious woman who had too much money and not enough sense! People expect to get a bit freaked out in places like this, though there is supposedly the ghost of one of the workers who worked for Sarah Winchester still roaming the house pushing a wheel barrow, Who knows maybe it is just haunted.

Rhiannon says:

July 19, 2006, 6:52 pm

Hi,my name is Rhiannon and my brother says there is a ghost in the house and another time my sister was sleeping and she woke up to a kid crying and there was no one there in the room crying and she only heard is in the room not in the house…..

100%latina says:

July 26, 2006, 6:24 pm

omg i am mexican and mexican people belive this **** but i dont this is all bs and bc hahahhahahahahahahaha all of u guys are stupid 4 beliving this ****. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

shawn says:

July 27, 2006, 1:32 pm

this stuff seems pretty cool to me. i am going to go this halloween. i cant wait. its not the fact that i beleive in ghost or spirits (because i dont know if i do yet) but i just want to see this house for myself. it seems like it’ll be pretty awesome.

angel says:

August 9, 2006, 2:54 pm

well acturally i can contact spirits. i am wat u call parynormal which means i can c bad and good spirits and things no one else can see because they have no powers at all. I c loads of things and have been asked 2 check out a hotel by my house in jersey channel islands. anyone from montana here?

angel says:

August 9, 2006, 2:55 pm

well acturally i can contact spirits. i am wat u call parynormal which means i can c bad and good spirits and things no one else can see because they have no powers at all. I c loads of things and have been asked 2 check out a hotel by my house in jersey channel islands. anyone from montana here? how r u anyway

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angel says:

August 15, 2006, 1:34 pm

when your physic and paranormal and u know how to contact her from the dead u can ask her things. and i already have.

Fatima says:

August 26, 2006, 11:48 pm

I went there last year for the flashlight tour they give for friday the 13th and nothin out of the ordinary happened but once I stepped into their huge ballroom all the hairs stood up, somethin about that room was freakin me out, I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could.

ariana says:

September 4, 2006, 1:07 pm

Hi there again now for another of my odd experiences.Exactyl one year ago from today my friends and I went to the Winchester house. At the very least it had to be 40 of us.So as soon as we get there we all begin to get very nervous. Let me explain why earlier some of my friends had experimented with the ouija board.They asked questions about the house such as;Is the house hanted and so forth.Well all of thier answer came out accurate. When we got there we were scheduled to take a private tour of the entire house and belive me when I say the etire house i mean the enitre house all 160 rooms ( my father has a connection). Anyways we had to wait about an hour until our tour so as we are waiting we begin look around the enitire outside of the house. It really is a lovely house. Then after an hour passes we go back to the small garden area to meet our tour guide.As he approcahes he seems a bit odd. First of all his skin looks like the skin of an onion. But we blow it off as nothing. Now the tour starst and we get threw 50 or so rooms with nothing happening. Then we get to this certain room it has a window looking into the room across and as we look in we see this figure. No body moves out of fear then the figure just runs out of the other room.Being ignorant as we are we decide to continue now we pass this great room it was actually very besutiful excpet what was on the inside it looked horrible it was a man disfigured blood oozing. It was horrendous after that we decided to leave as fast as we could but before we left we went to go find our tour guide to tip him but then we asked someone about him an described him and the kind woman said no one of that description worked there.

pasia and kayla says:

September 7, 2006, 9:57 pm

pasia and kayla again!! – know we had a dream exactlty like this except sisters ….on the same night and the same dream ….we had been to that house just outside …of were we lived…that is when we hear sobbing …every night from 9:38-10:01….isn’t that so so so so so FREAKY and SCARY ???? – we moved to oceanside but are still haunted from that day !!! we are seriouslty not making this up!!! pasia and kayla

Michelle says:

September 8, 2006, 9:48 am

I grew up nearby and worked in the gift shop for a couple of years while in high school. My aunt was a tour guide in the house 10 years before me. The house is creepy and the energy is weird but NO ONE ever really saw, hear or otherwise experienced any ghostly phenomenon. It’s fun to make up stories, the tourists love it! I totally believe in ghosts and even lived in a haunted house during college. The Winchester Mystery House is not haunted. Just weird.

Island says:

September 8, 2006, 6:52 pm

I come from a very sensitive family. And when I say sensitive, I mean we experiance things that many arent blessed with. A few years ago I visited this mansion with my then boyfriend and younger sister. Not saying that I’m an expert. And maybe it was just the area that my tour took us through. But both my sister and I felt nothing. But its a beautiful home.

Tiff says:

September 14, 2006, 3:44 pm

I Have been there lots of times But on one occasion
the tour Guide took us to the room that Sarah spent her last night in. I am not talking about the Earthquake room there is another where they have a bed made and a desk , and the guy that was laeading the tour said this was the room she had passsed away in .. Well we are all standing around waiting for everyone to walk through to the next room , and I heard and saw a boy about 4 years on our group tap his mom on the shoulder and ask “Mommy who is that women sitting over there watching us ” The mother looked and saw nothing We all looked and saw nothing it was creepy cause the little boy looked confused..The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at that point, The rest of the tour I was turning around to look behind me, . I got freaked and felt the energy of the rest of our group we were all unnerved.

J Harris says:

September 17, 2006, 6:27 pm

Me and my son visited the Winchester house and it was great. I didn’t see anything unusual (except the house itself) but I did get the **** scare out of me. At the end of the tour I stayed behind to ask the tour guide a question and when I was done everybody had left the house except me, my son and the tour guide. I didn’t see the exit that everyone left through and when the guide was done talking with me she left from another door that we weren’t allowed to enter. So, I didn’t know what door to exit from. There are many doors. All I thought was that I was going to get lost in this MANSION of a house and run into Sara Winchester. I would someday like to go back and take the flashlight tour. I only live a few hours away…

horrorchick23 says:

September 24, 2006, 9:35 pm

ok theres a resonable explanation for this house. in my opion mrs winchester was over come with grief of looseing her husband an her only child so close to gather. an she had a compleat mentil break down an thats why she built that crazy *** house and belived that the sprits of all the victims of the winchester rifel was telling her to do it.the lady needed some serious medication. an to be hospitalized. but thats just my thaughts about it.

erin says:

September 25, 2006, 10:27 pm

this kinda sounds like this a house a ghost built there was i thnk 4 floors 120 bedrooms 97 bathrooms and no windows or doors u couldn’t even get in it was scary and there was this one ghost that pushed this old guy down the stairs while he was in his wheelchair and the ghost killed the old man

Gloria says:

September 27, 2006, 4:20 am

anybody feeling any kind of mystery in the winchester house is a kook.. the real mystery is how they make so much money marketing the myserty hype..

Mary-lauren says:

September 28, 2006, 3:17 pm

thats not even scary.

ash says:

September 29, 2006, 6:29 am

sara winchester’s daughter died like a few days or hours after she was born and her husband died not even a full year after that from cancer… she contacted a phycic that was said to be the best and the real deal, to contact her dead husband.. she did get in contact with him and it was him who told her that his soul was being tormented by all the victoms of the winchester rifel, and that they would come after her as well if she didnt do what they asked… what they wanted was a home… she built the home for them ( for the victoms of the rifel) and since every year the number of people killed by the rifel grew she had to countinue to build. she wasnt afraid of all the spirts only the bad ones.. it is said that she would throw great balls for the spirts were she was the only “living” guest and would also have fest in their honer as well.. she would have here servents make the tabel for 13 guest and she would be the only “living” one at the table… the earth quake thing is true, she was traped in a room for 18 or something hours… but sara believed she caused the earth quake, she belived that the spirts were angry with her for spending to much time on the front of the house, and thats why only the front 40 somethin rooms were damaged. so she bloocked them all off, and they were only reopened after her death… and a lot of you who say that this house sounds a lot like Stephen Kings “ROSE RED”.. thats because ROSE RED is based on this house… it is said that Stephen King wanted to film the movie in the winchester house but couldnt because its located in the center of san jose with many busy streets all around it the suroundings were to noisy, also a lot of the rooms were way to small, no way could they fit a camra crew plus the actors in them… i know because i read up on the history of the house from different sources not just one, i’m not saying all of its true, its just what i’ve read…

Max says:

October 2, 2006, 9:41 am

I’ve been to the Winchester House a few years ago. I did not have any uncomfortable feelings nor do I recall seeing any spirits, unless one fo them was pretending to be part of out tour and I didn’t know it, but the house itself is really cool. The room Sara was trapped in after the earthquake was creepy mainly because we were told that they had just recently opened it prior to us being there. Apprantly it was sealed off for years at Sara’s request because she thought it was cursed or something. I saw the markings still there from when the door was forced open to get here out. The only compliant I had is that the tour is not nearly long enough. There was another part of the tour you could do, that went into a cellar or something like that where you had to wear helmets, but I believe you had to be 14 or something and my children were too young. I think what would be cool is to have a radio contest and have a contestant win money for spening 24 hours alone in the house. Now that would be scary. Also, we were told by our guide that Teddy Roosevlet visited Sara to meet the woman of the man that created the “great Winchester rifle,” but a servant who didn’t know who he was and turned him away at the front door.

Mousey says:

October 2, 2006, 6:47 pm

Its tru cuz its tru

Staci says:

October 3, 2006, 1:13 pm

okay,here we go…Mrs.Winchester was the wife of the man that made Winchester rifles.After his death,Mrs.Winchester seen a medium that told her that the ghost of people killed by winchester guns,wanted her to build them a house,as long as construction continued,she would be safe,the crew of workers,some as young as 12,worked 24 hours a day,at night,Mrs.Winchester,would talk to the spirits and they would tell her what to build next,most of the rooms had nothing to do with her,and yes,she never slept in the same room,in fear that the ghost would find her,after her natural death,all worked stopped,imediately,hammers dropped,nails left hanging half out etc.The people that keep the upkeep on the house now have said that they are not alone,you can still here hammers and such still going as if they still work there,the painters have actually been chased off the job out of fear…please remember,there is not a ghost in this realm that can hurt you,they can scare the hell out of you but thats all.

allie says:

October 5, 2006, 8:30 pm

Thats cool I want to visit there but it sounds kind of scary. But really cool.Just cause you dont believe dosent mean it is not true.


P.S. I love doggies

Trekkiemom says:

October 13, 2006, 10:21 am

This is to all the people who’ve been leaving comments like ‘power to the blacks’ and calling us white people ‘crackers’ and other offensive comments. Even if you don’t believe stuff like this doesn’t mean you have to come on here to put people down you know. I mean grow up…calling people names and all that is so 2nd grade. And to the one calling whites ‘crackers’ and going ‘power to the blacks’…um….the African Americans ARE free…DUH! Where have you been the last ohh, 50 or so years?!? Do you not read your history?? At least where I live us whites are more of a minority now than blacks are…OMG, at the school where my daughter went, she was the ONLY white girl there, the rest were black, hispanic or asian. Get over yourself Miss new booty! Thanks for listenin to me rant people. :-) L8tr.

NASH says:

October 13, 2006, 10:23 pm

In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so

many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.

Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.

NASH says:

October 13, 2006, 10:24 pm

Our story begins in September 1839 with the birth of a baby girl to Leonard and Sarah Pardee of New Haven, Connecticut. The babyâ??s name was also Sarah and as she reached maturity, she became the belle of the city. She was well-received at all social events, thanks to her musical skills, her fluency in various foreign languages and her sparkling charm. Her beauty was also well-known by the young men about town, despite her diminutive size. Although she was petite and stood only four feet, ten inches, she made up for this in personality and loveliness.

At the same time that Sarah was growing up, a young man was also maturing in another prominent New Haven family. The young manâ??s name was William Wirt Winchester and he was the son of Oliver Winchester, a shirt manufacturer and businessman. In 1857, he took over the assets of a firm which made the Volcanic Repeater, a rifle that used a lever mechanism to load bullets into the breech.

Obviously, this type of gun was a vast improvement over the muzzle-loading rifles of recent times, but Winchester still saw room for advance. In 1860, the company developed the Henry Rifle, which had a tubular magazine located under the barrel. Because it was easy to reload and could fire rapidly, the Henry was said to average one shot every three seconds. It became the first true repeating rifle and a favorite among the Northern troops at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Money began to pour in and Oliver Winchester soon amassed a large fortune from government contracts and private sales. He re-organized the company and changed the name to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The family prospered and on September 30, 1862, at the height of the Civil War, William Wirt Winchester and Sarah Pardee were married in an elaborate ceremony in New Haven.

Four years later, on July 15, 1866, Sarah gave birth to a daughter named Annie Pardee Winchester. Just a short time later, the first disaster struck for Sarah, as her daughter contracted an illness known as “marasmus”, a childrenâ??s disease in which the body wastes away. The infant died on July 24. Sarah was so shattered by this event that she withdrew into herself and teetered on the edge of madness for some time. In the end, it would be nearly a decade before she returned to her normal self but she and William would never have a another child.

Not long after Sarah returned to her family and home, another tragedy struck. William, now heir to the Winchester empire, was struck down with pulmonary tuberculosis. He died on March 7, 1881. As a result of his death, Sarah inherited over $20 million dollars, an incredible sum, especially in those days. She also received 48.9 percent of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and an income of about $1000 per day, which was not taxable until 1913.

But her new-found wealth could do nothing to ease her pain. Sarah grieved deeply, not only for her husband, but also for her lost child. A short time later, a friend suggested that Sarah might speak to a Spiritualist medium about her loss. “Your husband is here,” the medium told her and then went on to provide a description of William Winchester. “He says for me to tell you that there is a curse on your family, which took the life of he and your child. It will soon take you too. It is a curse that has resulted from the terrible weapon created by the Winchester family. Thousands of persons have died because of it and their spirits are now seeking vengeance.”

Sarah was then told that she must sell her property in New Haven and head towards the setting sun. She would be guided by her husband and when she found her new home in the west, she would recognize it. “You must start a new life,” said the medium, “and build a home for yourself and for the spirits who have fallen from this terrible weapon too. You can never stop building the house. If you continue building, you will live. Stop and you will die.”

Shortly after the seance, Sarah sold her home in New Haven and with a vast fortune at her disposal, moved west to California. She believed that she was guided by the hand of her dead husband and she did not stop traveling until she reached the Santa Clara Valley in 1884. Here, she found a six room home under construction which belonged to a Dr. Caldwell. She entered into negotiations with him and soon convinced him to sell her the house and the 162 acres which it rested on. She tossed away any previous plans for the house and started building whatever she chose to. She had her pick of local workers and craftsmen and for the next 36 years, they built and rebuilt, altered and changed and constructed and demolished one section of the house after another. She kept 22 carpenters at work, year around, 24 hours each day. The sounds of hammers and saws sounded throughout the day and night.

As the house grew to include 26 rooms, railroad cars were switched onto a nearby line to bring building materials and imported furnishings to the house. The house was rapidly growing and expanding and while Sarah claimed to have no master plan for the structure, she met each morning with her foreman and they would go over the her hand-sketched plans for the dayâ??s work. The plans were often chaotic but showed a real flair for building. Sometimes though, they would not work out the right way, but Sarah always had a quick solution. If this happened, they would just build another room around an existing one.

As the days, weeks and months passed, the house continued to grow. Rooms were added to rooms and then turned into entire wings, doors were joined to windows, levels turned into towers and peaks and the place eventually grew to a height of seven stories. Inside of the house, three elevators were installed as were 47 fireplaces. There were countless staircases which led nowhere; a blind chimney that stops short of the ceiling; closets that opened to blank walls; trap doors; double-back hallways; skylights that were located one above another; doors that opened to steep drops to the lawn below; and dozens of other oddities. Even all of the stair posts were installed upside-down and many of the bathrooms had glass doors on them.

It was also obvious that Sarah was intrigued by the number “13”. Nearly all of the windows contained 13 panes of glass; the walls had 13 panels; the greenhouse had 13 cupolas; many of the wooden floors contained 13 sections; some of the rooms had 13 windows and every staircase but one had 13 steps. This exception is unique in its own right…. it is a winding staircase with 42 steps, which would normally be enough to take a climber up three stories. In this case, however, the steps only rise nine feet because each step is only two inches high.

While all of this seems like madness to us, it all made sense to Sarah. In this way, she could control the spirits who came to the house for evil purposes, or who were outlaws or vengeful people in their past life. These bad men, killed by Winchester rifles, could wreak havoc on Sarahâ??s life. The house had been designed into a maze to confuse and discourage the bad spirits.

The house continued to grow and by 1906, it had reached a towering seven stories tall. Sarah continued her occupancy, and expansion, of the house, living in melancholy solitude with no one other than her servants, the workmen and, of course, the spirits. It was said that on sleepless nights, when she was not communing with the spirit world about the designs for the house, Sarah would play her grand piano into the early hours of the morning. According to legend, the piano would be admired by passers-by on the street outside, despite the fact that two of the keys were badly out of tune.

The most tragic event occurred within the house when the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 struck. When it was all over, portions of the Winchester Mansion were nearly in ruins. The top three floors of the house had collapsed into the gardens and would never be rebuilt. In addition, the fireplace that was located in the Daisy Room (where Mrs. Winchester was sleeping on the night of the earthquake) collapsed, shifting the room and trapping Sarah inside. She became convinced that the earthquake had been a sign from the spirits who were furious that she had nearly completed the house. In order to insure that the house would never be finished, she decided to board up the front 30 rooms of the mansion so that the construction would not be complete – and also so that the spirits who fell when portion of the house collapsed would be trapped inside forever.

For the next several months, the workmen toiled to repair the damage done by the earthquake, although actually the mammoth structure had fared far better than most of the buildings in the area. Only a few of the rooms had been badly harmed, although it had lost the highest floors and several cupolas and towers had toppled over. The expansion on the house began once more. The number of bedrooms increased from 15 to 20 and then to 25. Chimneys were installed all over the place, although strangely, they served no purpose. Some believe that perhaps they were added because the old stories say that ghosts like to appear and disappear through them. On a related note, it has also been documented that only 2 mirrors were installed in the house…. Sarah believed that ghosts were afraid of their own reflection.

On September 4, 1922, after a conference session with the spirits in the seance room, Sarah went to her bedroom for the night. At some point in the early morning hours, she died in her sleep at the age of 83. She left all of her possessions to her niece, Frances Marriot, who had been handling most of Sarahâ??s business affairs for some time. Little did anyone know, but by this time, Sarahâ??s large bank account had dwindled considerably. Rumor had it that somewhere in the house was hidden a safe containing a fortune in jewelry and a solid-gold dinner service with which Sarah had entertained her ghostly guests. Her relatives forced open a number of safes but found only old fishlines, socks, newspaper clippings about her daughterâ??s and her husbandâ??s deaths, a lock of baby hair, and a suit of woolen underwear. No solid gold dinner service was ever discovered.

The furnishings, personal belongings and surplus construction and decorative materials were removed from the house and the structure itself was sold to a group of investors who planned to use it as a tourist attraction. One of the first to see the place when it opened to the public was Robert L. Ripley, who featured the house in his popular column, “Believe it or Not.” The house was initially advertised as being 148 rooms, but so confusing was the floor plan that every time a room count was taken, a different total came up. The place was so puzzling that it was said that the workmen took more than six weeks just to get the furniture out of it. The moving men became so lost because it was a “labyrinth”, they told the magazine, American Weekly, in 1928. It was a house “where downstairs leads neither to the cellar nor upstairs to the roof.” The rooms of the house were counted over and over again and five years later, it was estimated that 160 rooms existed….. although no one is really sure if even that is correct.

Today, the house has been declared a California Historical Landmark and is registered with the National Park Service as “a large, odd dwelling with an unknown number of rooms.”

Most would say that such a place must still harbor at least a few of the ghosts who came to reside there at the invitation of Sarah Winchester. The question is though, do they really haunt the place? Some would say that perhaps no ghosts ever walked there at all…. that the Winchester mansion is nothing more than the product of an eccentric womanâ??s mind and too much wealth being allowed into the wrong hands.
There is no question that we can regard the place as one of the worldâ??s “largest haunted houses”, based on nothing more than the legend of the place alone. Is this a case where we need to draw the line between what is a real haunted spot …. and what is a really great story?

Is the Winchester Mansion really haunted? You will have to decide that for yourself, although some people have already made up their minds.

There have been a number of strange events reported at the Winchester House for many years and they continue to be reported today. Dozens of psychics have visited the house over the years and most have come away convinced, or claim to be convinced, that spirits still wander the place. In addition to the ghost of Sarah Winchester, there have also been many other sightings throughout the years.

In the years that the house has been open to the public, employees and visitors alike have had unusual encounters here. There have been footsteps; banging doors; mysterious voices; windows that bang so hard they shatter; cold spots; strange moving lights; doorknobs that turn by themselves…. and donâ??t forget the scores of psychics who have their own claims of phenomena to report.

Obviously, these are all of the standard reports of a haunted house… but are the stories merely wishful thinking? Reports of ghosts and spirits to continue the tradition of Sarah Winchesterâ??s bizarre legacy? Or could the stories be true? Was the house really built as a monument to the dead? Do phantoms still lurk in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House?

I urge you to visit the house if you should ever get the chance. Perhaps that would be the best time to answer the questions that I have just posed to you. I can promise that you will find not another piece of American architecture like the Winchester mansion….

And who knows what else you might find while youâ??re there?

sam weimer says:

October 19, 2006, 1:45 am


Vanessa says:

October 19, 2006, 11:26 pm

I visited this house with my sister a few years back. I had seen it on TV, also, and was very eger to check it out. I’ll admit it’s a very cool house. I loved the whole history, layout and antique look of it. I also loved the oddities that were evident all over the house; the staircase that leads to the ceiling, the glass door on the floor she used to look in on the kitchen staff with and the seiance room. You can’t deny the number 13 everywhere. Also, I have to mention the… what did they tour guide call them?… “Easy steps?” I forget, but the steps throughout the house are barely steps. They’re real low, barley off the ground. However, as much as I antisipated something supernatural, there was absoluetly nothing. Not a single chill, odd feeling or far off sound. I wasn’t disappointed though, just assured that God’s promise is true… once you’re gone, there is no coming back. Plus, being in a historical house was facinating. Oh, one more thing guys… If you go, wear comfy shoes. It’s not until your tour is over that they let you know you just walked the equivilent of a mile! My sister and I joke that they should have had one of those handicap signs with a red slash through it.. LOL! It’s a looong walk.

Marissa says:

October 20, 2006, 4:47 am

I have been to the house two times. I didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary either time, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a really bizare house, yet very very interesting. I enjoyed my visit, and I want to go back again =P.

Bree says:

October 20, 2006, 11:59 pm

I recently visited the Winchester Mansion on a trip to San Jose. I did have a few things happen that I can not explain while there. The digital camera that I had with me was fine up until we took the tour of the house. Every picture that I took was very ood, most not showing what I had just taken but instead blurred rooms with odd appiritions. In her bedroom where the fire place is there was something sitting on the chair. I felt 3 very cold spots in the house the coldest one in the office before the bedroom that she died in. Half way through the tour my camera battery drained from full to empty on the view finder right before my eyes and then turned into white noise…didn’t even know that was possible on a digital camera so I switched over to my camera phone only to find that it too took odd pictures that can not be viewd on a computer. The strangest one I took was outside by the 13 shrub. If you look closely at the photo it shows a face staring back at you from the top tower room.

Mary says:

October 29, 2006, 12:11 am

Where did you get this story? They never say anything about the music or Sarah Winchester disappearing when you take the tour through the Winchester house. It doesn’t “feel” haunted, either, though it looks creepy enough.

RACHEL says:

October 29, 2006, 9:14 pm

Hey I actually been to that house its very strange if u ask me.

Alicia Swasey says:

October 31, 2006, 12:20 pm

Ok this might sound silly but I am so serious. I visited the Winchester Mystery House in July of 2004. I was so excited and was snapping pictures all over the place. In the ballroom there is a beautiful mirror that I took 5 pictures of. While I was taking these pictures I felt faint and my vision blurred a little. Anyway I got home and developed my pictures. I looked at the mirror pictures several times before I noticed a face in the mirror in the first 4 pictures. It is toward the center of the mirror right above the clock. It is the face of a man in a round looking bowler type hat. He has a stern look and a small moustache. I blew up the 4 pictures and the face is further to the right in each picture. Also the face DOES show up on the negatives. I’m just wondering if anyone knows anything about this man.

Laura says:

October 31, 2006, 7:20 pm

Being a relative of the Winchesters and visiting the house, I can truthfully tell you it is not haunted. The place looks like a gingerbread house and cousin Sarah, besides being a bit nutty in the head, probably died of something like heart-failure. Don’t believe everything you hear people.

I do think that seeing all the stained glass windows and old items from the house is interesting and that if one is in the neighborhood to check it out as well as the gardens surrounding the house.

Patricia says:

November 1, 2006, 5:16 pm

This is a beautiful and massive house that is well worth visiting, whether you believe in hauntings or not. Mrs. Winchester spared no expense on the craftsmanship, and the home has fantastic woodwork, Tiffany glass, first quality wallpapers. And it is fascinating how light wells were used to bring light to interior hallways and rooms. My biggest gripe is that the tour guides concentrate so much on the supposed creepiness that they totally neglect the wonderful architectural details.

candi says:

November 4, 2006, 8:19 pm

this is dumb ive been there before and nuthin happen thier its all talk

Cami J. says:

December 13, 2006, 10:14 pm

Hi my name is Cami. I live in Virginia and I’m visiting here in San Jose, first place I visited was the Winchester Mystery House. I went there, went on a tour, and must say…nope didn’t see or hear anything.It was just a typical tour, kinda disappointed.

mary says:

December 15, 2006, 4:05 pm

this house is the ****! i;ve seen it on t.v. people should really believe in ghosts.

Brittnie says:

December 16, 2006, 4:34 pm

I’ve been fasnated by the Winchester Mystery House for quite somne time,that and just about any other place that gives reliable evidence that its truly a haunting.I’ve wanted to go and do my own investagations liike at a local haunting or something.Does anyone know any haunted places in Ny state that are near Albany?Hit me back if so.

tracy lee says:

December 19, 2006, 11:19 am

hi im only from nz but if sara contacted those spirits and they hanged around, mabey she didnt close the pathway from which they came from.i am also confused why she nor the “phycic” did not send them back nor helped them cross over as some can do.and to james,i doubt they are demons in the house,only people that are pissed because theyre lost and no-one has bothered to pay attention to them as it has happened to me too many times.ever heared of house cleansing? anyone?

Chelsea says:

December 19, 2006, 3:54 pm

Hi my name is Chelsea and i found out a few years ago that i am an ancestor of Sarah Winchester.

But somehow i feel it relates to me because I think i can see ghosts.

Because once when i was little a man came in my room he was not human but a ghost and ever since i’ve found out im an ancestor i’ve been seeing more and more ghosts lately i’ve seen around 30 i cant keep track and i really want to visit this house too.


December 19, 2006, 10:45 pm


Stacey says:

December 27, 2006, 2:56 pm

No wonder why this is called Dumb Network because alot of commenters are dum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brittany says:

December 30, 2006, 2:53 pm


Amanda & Elmo says:

January 10, 2007, 3:14 pm

Omg,I can too!LOL

Natalie says:

January 11, 2007, 4:30 pm

I can tell you that the number 13 was in no way significant to “evil.” Like the horror movie “Friday the 13th.” Back in those days the number “13” was considered to be a lucky number, it meant good.

Jami says:

February 12, 2007, 4:56 am

Hi, I know that people have said so much about the Winchester house. I just wanted to say a few things. First off I did visit the house back in 1989 when I moved to San Fransisco with my family. We actually visited on the anniversary of her death. Sep. 5th. So in her honor they rang the bell 13 times. 13 was here favorite number that is why everything is in 13. She had a candel chandelier in her bedroom that held 12 candels and she added an extra candel just so it would be 13. In the beginning of the tour they show you a door and then open it and it leads to nothing but a wall. I know that She bought the farm house after the medium told her that the spirits were angry with her. YET!! From what the tour said it wasn’t just spirits. It was the spirits of the indians who had died while the west was being settled. So she was to build on the land 7 days a week 24 hours a day. The house is so big that by the time you end the tour you have walked over 1.5 miles. Not to mention at the dead center of the house is a round room called the seance room. This is where she went to communicate with the spirits to see if they were pleased with how the building was going. Another thing about this room is that when you enter and the door shuts behind you. It will not open back up. It locks automaticly so the only way to leave is through the door on the other side of the room and you have to walk through the whole house if you want to get back to side of the house you started on when first entering the room.
That is all. Nothing scary happend in the house when we visited but it was just interesting and very real.

Tree Princess says:

March 1, 2007, 3:54 am

This house sounds interesting too bad im half way around the world.

Ice Queen says:

March 3, 2007, 1:15 am

this story is really freaky,but yet sounds so interesting!!!!!!!!!!!! these kinds of stories fascinate me. i would loooooooooooove to visit there one day!!!!!i’m not sure i believe all the things about this place,but it’s still veeeeeeeeeeeeery cool!


Cassandra says:

March 24, 2007, 10:03 pm

I visited the Winchester Mystery house once on a special Halloween Midnight walk-through. They took us into this room with no door handles on the insides of the doors and a weird tiny window up at the top that is the only source of light. They called the room the “Heart of the House”. It was the scariest experience of my life. You could hear what sounded like footsteps of someone running back and forth up above our heads, even though there was nobody else in the house. Doors slammed shut and it would get real cold suddenly in some rooms. Especially in the “Heart of the House.”

amanda says:

March 26, 2007, 10:57 am

i would love to come and visit this house again. but i loved it was so much fun

veronica says:

March 27, 2007, 5:23 pm

maybe she didn’t die maybe that is what they think happened.But not me I think she is still alive in that house.

Danielle says:

March 28, 2007, 1:24 pm

she could be hinding somewhere in the house ? you never know ..

Jessica says:

June 30, 2007, 2:04 pm

I am going to go on the Winchester Mystery House Flashlight Tour on Friday, July the 13th and I’ve been there 2 times Prior to me going this time and nothing has happened or appeared in the pictures that I’ve took so maybe this time since I am a believer of ghosts and the paranormal something will happen. =D.. I really hope that it does too.

Vicki says:

July 3, 2007, 11:46 am

Hello there, well I am glad somebody already corrected the somewhat in-correct story. She didnt die the night of the earthquake, she was somewhat trapped in that room until people came to her rescue. She passed away in her small but tall bed. And once she died, the building of the house stopped. She didnt disapear. Well, with this story being somewhat wrong it makes me wonder how accurate the other one’s are.

Robert says:

July 4, 2007, 1:47 am

The Winchester House is a very interesting old house but is certainly NOT haunted. I grew up nearby in the 1960s and while it was cool to look at, there were NEVER any reports by ANYONE of any “paranormal” activity.

henery says:

July 10, 2007, 2:13 pm


Ambish says:

July 30, 2007, 5:46 pm

I remember watchng Ghost hunters investigate this place. They didn’t find anything but it is still an awsome place.

L.J. says:

August 7, 2007, 10:29 pm

i think….. u guys r f****** d******** coz like ghosts arent real there fake

L.J. says:

August 7, 2007, 10:31 pm

tevita’s a gay guy who loves michael and george

tay says:

August 7, 2007, 10:31 pm

i thought that story was sooooooooooo untrue it was a load of s*** i mean ghosts arent real u freaken idots
and i just want 2 say 1 more thing.boys are f***** a******* . aspecialy luke and and my bro

thanx bye


carmen says:

August 16, 2007, 1:56 pm

I have seen this on t.v like 10 times and I really just think this lady belonged in the wacky shack!

Michael Angell says:

September 4, 2007, 2:51 pm


Casper says:

September 5, 2007, 5:04 pm

Been their twice. Think its more hyped up by the media for business than anything. Cool place, but thats about it. For all of you people what have seen “ghost”, Skeptic Magazine has had a $2,000,000.00 reward for anyone who can prove ghost exists. That reward has been available for the taking for several years now, but no one seems to be able to earn it. Ever wonder why?

Dominick Angell says:

September 7, 2007, 3:28 pm


kim says:

September 14, 2007, 9:07 pm

There’s a problem to this story; she wasn’t pinned. I went there myself and the tour people told me that after the earthquake workers came back to the wrecked mansion to rescue her. She died in her own bed years later.

sarah from winchester says:

September 19, 2007, 10:59 am

Hi guys, i just wanted to say that im sarah and thanks for remembering me and my family, i want to let u know that we are happy and here we play with radio waves and whoever who change the station sooner is the winner ( my son is always the first ) the other thing that i always wanted to say is that the reason for that much room is because i loved luxury houses not anything else, today after these all years i finally found a chance to get into the internet, tanx to bill and guys we watch and laugh at u from up here, c u soonnnn

Megan says:

September 30, 2007, 9:35 pm

First of all, I have been to the Winchester Mystery House. It’s so not worth paying almost $30 a person to see. There is only ONE staircase that leads to nowhere. The rest of the house is fairly normal. Strange but nothing really weird. AND, when I asked the tourguide if the place is haunted, she said NO. So, not only is it just basically a regular huge house, it’s not even haunted. Nothing special about it at all, trust me.

David says:

October 3, 2007, 6:02 pm

I worked for ADT Security Services until last year. The Winchester Mystery House is one of ADT’s clients for Fire Alarm protection. It was my duty on several occasions to walk through the house and inspect the fire sprinkler system which was retrofited to the building some years ago, mandated by California law for a commercial establishment.

I was able to roam the house with only one service personnel. NOTHING happened. NOTHING AT ALL. I spen over 2 hours in the house on each inspection.

No strange noises, no faces in mirrors, no slamming doors, no footstept. That is the bottom line. I am also a big believer in paranormal activity and I wanted to experience something there. Absolutely zilch. Anyone who has posted that they have pictures of these apparitions, or that their cameras have failed, are just story tellers.

I have many pictures of inside the house, I never experienced any camera failure or battery power loss. Whoever said that they had white noise on their digicam’s display is 100% an asshat.

Yes, the house is very creepy. Yes, there are cold spots towards the center of the house due to the lack of light and heating. Yes, you get strange feelings that you are being watched and that you are not alone.

Bottom line, if there are spirits wandering the house, which I do not doubt, they are not there for your amusement. They want to be left alone. And they will not make themselves known to you.

David says:

October 3, 2007, 6:07 pm

Furthermore, if you want to see some real haunted places in the San Jose area, I did several alarm inspections in COMPLETELY VACANT commercial buildings.

I know these buildings to be completely vacant because I personally took the lock-box off of the front door and opened it for the key. I personally disarmed the alarm.

Yet, walking through these COMPLETELY EMPTY buildings, I would hear chatter and footsteps. I have heard doors close in the opposite end of buildings. I’ve had random power failures. I’ve even had an elevator call activate as I walked by it. All of this has happened within several minutes of initial building entry.

You will not experience ANYTHING similar at the Winchester Mystery House.

tasia says:

October 10, 2007, 9:21 pm

Hi..I just wanted to tell you that I grew up 3 miles from the winchester house, and we often would take long hikes on the weekend past this house..I have been there several times and we always took visitors there because they wanted to see it..
My favorite number is also 13 and it has been a very lucky and mystical number..If you remember that 12 Apostles and Jesus+ 13.
When we visited, yes there are cold spots,,,and yes you do get feelings of being touched,,and yes the hair will stand up on your arms, but those of you who chose to ignore it are probably attributing it to something else and that is understandable..
The house is a wonderful place, and yes it has ghosts, but they are not there to harm anyone..I did not ever feel any evil feelings in that house, only otherworldly feelings which albeit are a bit creepy..
The house is magnificent in a west coast sort of way, I was a little disapointed at the type of architecture because it is not grand like hurst castle. But for the era, it is very lovely..remember they were in the wild west, and they did not build in brick and if you are expecting an Irish is not. But never the less it is beautiful in it’s own right with the gabled rooftops and such.
The staff has gotten worse in between years. You used to be able to go other places in the house, but they walled it all off to make money and make the groups bigger. They cannot afford to let people roam which is the best, and when I was a little girl about 40 years ago, it was alot more fun…But it is worth the cash even though they won’t let you go into most of the house anymore. Go see it..and enjoy..

Stone Woman says:

October 15, 2007, 10:21 pm

I grew up in San Jose, but didn’t actually go to the house until I was in my mid-twenties. You know how that goes, you live right next door to a tourist place, but you never go to it.

Anyway, my baby brother and I decided to take the tour. Regardless whether it’s haunted or not, the house itself is fascinating. Any student of archeture (sp) or California history will enjoy even the simplest tours.

The crazy staircase what has the short steps is called “Easy Risers”. I remember that quite well even after 25+ years becauce both my brother and I were quite tall, yet we both have low back problems, so we enjoyed the easy steps it took to go up this particular staircase.

Another feature I found neat was one of the sinks. It had a built-in “washboard” type scrubber in the one side closest to the person, and we were told Sarah had this invention patented. The washboard type ripples were built into the sink’s porcelin or metal, I don’t recall which it was made of now.

Is it haunted? As I remember, nothing happened to either my brother nor myself, nor anyone in the tour. But the charm of the house is not in it’s ghosts, but the history and reasons behind it. It’s not claimed to be haunted so much as it’s the Winchester MYSTERY house, and the mystery is why Sarah had it built the way she did. TV shows I’ve seen have shown some of the workers there in present day have seen some weird things… notably a painter and his son saw what they said was a older gentleman in work clothes who disappeared as they watched.

And yes, I do believe there are spirits. You betcha. But this house? I guess they were out the day I was there.

Ashley says:

October 19, 2007, 2:45 pm

I think that haunting is pretty interesting. I got to see it on an episode of Ghost Hunters that show is awesome. I want to the kindof stuff they do one day. I love to be scared and creeped out.

Angie says:

October 27, 2007, 1:24 pm

I’ve visited this house when I was in my mid teens and was extremely disappointed. It’s true that there are doors leading to brick walls and staircases leading to the ceiling but you aren’t shown the entire house. The tour is short and the house is empty-no furniture of any kind except a ‘gated’ room showing some of the belongings of the owner. The grounds are maintained well but as to be haunted-not sure.
The tour may have changed since my visit so do your homework before going. Happy Haunting.

carla says:

October 27, 2007, 2:58 pm

*who eva da **** said dat i dont hav time 4 mexicans could ***** come and suck on ma ***** coconuts stupid ***** gringos & **** ya ghosts r real who eva da **** said ghost aint real could come & also suck on dem 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

tanvi says:

October 28, 2007, 4:01 am

this is truely spooky .Iam very curious to visit that
place.I like adventures and when it would be like this
,thatz awsome.i have tried many times to contact with
witty spirits,but…………………….

Sarah says:

November 1, 2007, 8:04 pm

I’m 14. I went there this year. Maybe in March. I can’t say I had a spooky experience. You could say I actually got a feeling of comfort. There is a room no one is allowed in. We passed by it. The guide told us that Sarah used to perform rituals in there to communicate with the unfriendly spirits. I wanted to go in there desperately. Go figure. Anyway, it was a beautiful house. I took the strange as artistic. But, I know in this case that wasn’t it. I’d encourage anyone to see it. Not for the scare because I doubt you’ll get any. But, it truly is amazing and does leave one mystified by the time your tour is over.

Alicia says:

November 11, 2007, 4:30 am

I remember going there when I was a child. It was an interesting tour to me. I remember feeling strange, and a bit scared of it for some reason. I liked the stairs leading up to nothing. But again, in some rooms (which I barely remember which ones specifically), I felt really scared, even though it was during the day, and nothing was physically scary about it. I would like to go back there and see what it’s like now.

Star says:

November 17, 2007, 11:19 pm

I have lived in San Jose all of my life, and have been to the Winchester Mystery House about four or five times. Is it haunted? Depends on who you ask…!

One time many years ago I went on a tour of the house, and I was near the back end on the tour with only one male Japanese tourist behind me. I became annoyed because I was trying to listen to what our tour guide was saying and for some reason he seemingly was tapping me twice on the shoulder to get my attention and ask me something (or so I thought!) I turned around to see what he wanted…and was ASTOUNDED and TOTALLY SHOCKED to see that he was about thirty feet away behind me looking at and taking a photo something on the wall! In other words -THERE WAS NO HUMAN that could have stood behind me and physically tapped me on the shoulder! I didn’t SEE anyone there, but I certainly FELT someone!

That was the only time that anything strange has ever happened to me there, and it was during a bright, hot sunny, summer afternoon. I’ve also been on two nighttime flashlight tours, and another tour on a rainy day and I’ve taken photos – and nothing at all odd happened during those times.

So – I would say – yes, sometimes it’s haunted, and, no, sometimes it isn’t! It just happens to depend on if there’s any spirits around at that particular time, and if they wish to make themselves known to you!

celina says:

December 11, 2007, 10:34 pm

i do believe in ghost and ppl at my school do not believe and they are mean to me then i wish i can see them too but i can not go to that house but i watch ghost movies and books but i really want to see a ghost for my own eyes Sometimes i get really scared if they are evil

steven says:

December 17, 2007, 5:05 pm

dont go to that house its a waste of money
i went there and experienced nothing

steven says:

December 17, 2007, 5:07 pm

dont go there
it is a waste of money and time
i went there and experienced nothing

Drema says:

December 26, 2007, 8:42 pm

hi my name is drema and i was just wondering where is this house you call haunted i really want to go to this house now this really interested me this is so much better than school lol well i cant wait to go there now got 2 go so bye

SA says:

December 29, 2007, 7:06 am


hugh jass says:

December 30, 2007, 5:30 pm

wow this house sounds really cool……i would love to go this house this summer…… family is kind of wierd….i used to date a ghost. we had long walks along the beach, held hands in the park…and things went so well…that we…..had breakfast at mcdonalds. my life really hasn’t amounted to much…yes, i cry alot, usually fall asleep WHILE crying….my best friend is the squirrel who keeps taking the scraps from my table. he lives in our basement. he doesn’t usually bite me, but sometimes when he is cranky, then he bites me. i got to pee. but i’m gonna stay here and type. i was born in a log cabin 17 years ago. i wanted a pony. BAAAAAAAAAAADDDD. we had to eat alot of horse meat. i had mine smoked. yum. it tasted like mule. i like apples too. have u ever had smoked apples? me neither. are they good? will you be my frined? my names hugh jass i love cheese… i hate that f***** of a president bush. and thats pretty bad cuz hes my grandpa. so hows life with you guys? i saw a black person today. it was a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD day. have u ever played chinese checkers? i think i could beat u at chinese checkers. bonerific!tootels

hugh jass says:

December 30, 2007, 5:41 pm

dude ghosts r cool! i dated one once…. she left me for a troll. his name was frank. he lived under a bridge and gobbled up the three little pigs, then a lumerjack cut them out he lost his glass shoe. the prince found it and he went to the bears house and ate their porridge. then the big bad wolf came and said sumthing. but i forgot. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!…………………………………..k-kaw! anyways, bak to ghosts. do u like pininnis? they are goooooooooooooooooood. i can sing!! watch! LA LA LA LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (falls of the table, asleep before he hits the ground, drunk) pull my finger! PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!! DAt was a good one! anyways, i kno alot about ghosts! i was one for halloween! BOO!! i scared u! no, dont lie, u kno i scared u. liar! i got to pee. not no more. i hate thay f*****of a presidnt bush… and im his nephew. POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!!! hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe funny. do u like chocolate?!?!?!??!??!??!??!??!??!???!??!??!? i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE bunnies! wait a second- i love chocolate bunnies!

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January 6, 2008, 2:36 pm

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Amy says:

February 7, 2008, 2:25 pm

hi my name is amy, and did you ever see the gost?????

Jenn says:

February 28, 2008, 7:13 pm

I have had some weird experiences over the years and one of them was at the Winchester house. I was there taking a tour with my cousin a number of years ago when I happened upon a ghost. It was in the upstairs portion of the house. If you have ever been on the tour you will most likely remember the spot. It was just next to the elevator shaft that has a window in it. The tour guide stopped us just next to the elevator where you look into a small room and on the far end there is a landing of a stair case. The tour guide was telling us about the window on the elevator and then pointed over to the doorway that led to the staircase and told us to remember that spot as she would be discussing it again when we got downstairs. All the time she was talking, there was a young girl standing in the doorway that led to the stairs. She had dark curly hair up on a bun at the top of her head. She wore a dark green period dress with a white apron and a white cap that covered her bun. When I saw her I immediately figured she was part of the staff, as she looked like she was wearing a maids uniform the type that was most likely popular around the time that Mrs. Winchester was alive. The young girl was leaning up against the doorway and watching us as our tour guide talked. I didnâ??t mention anything about her as I figured everyone in the group could also see her there. It wasnâ??t until later when we were down at the bottom of that same staircase that I learned different. The guide explained that the house staff used to use the stairs there to get around the house easier until a earthquake made the stairs too dangerous to be on, and that no one was allowed to use them anymore. I then commented on the girl I has seen. I wondered why she had been there if it was no longer used. My cousin glanced over at me and asked, â??What girl?â? I told her what I had seen and she informed me that there had been no girl upstairs. Neither her no those standing around us had seen the young lady although to me she was in plain sight and looked just as real as anyone else.

Kris says:

February 28, 2008, 11:18 pm

If anyone have the Winchesters story from tv I would be so grateful if you would send me a copy.

jessa&nessa says:

February 29, 2008, 11:52 am

Boring! who wants to hear this?

Kyle H says:

March 2, 2008, 8:52 pm

I went to the winchester house and it wasnt like what i saw on the travel channel. It was a nice house. and I FOUND THat everything she did was because she had so much money that she could afford to build **** any time an then forget about it. I did think that it was cold. I went in the winter time

Danny K. Winchester II says:

March 5, 2008, 5:52 pm

I am a Winchester , Sarah would be a great, great aunt, I know a little more about the House than most people do, and have toured the house twice, still very interesting and yet have not seen the whole house yet.

rebecca says:

March 6, 2008, 7:12 pm

i live in stanislous county and was born in san jose and have relatives in san jose. so when we go to parties we are always trying to scare each other. but the scary thin g id=s to me is that the torists people won’t tell you why it’s really haunted.

evanna says:

March 8, 2008, 4:03 pm

so weird danny. i’m a winchester also.

Kara says:

March 13, 2008, 8:29 pm

Ok i have a story of when i visited there:
A couple of years ago when i was like 10 or somwthing, my grandparents, and like all of my family was visiting this place, and we were all joking around like ‘ the sprits are gonna get u ‘ and all **** like that. but it wasnt funny anymore when crazy things really started. when we were standing by the gun show store type thing, i looked up and saw a figure that looked like lady winchester, and this may sound crazy, but a second later she dissapered and shoowed up at another window. so i thought, ‘ kara its just nothing ‘ but really i KNEW i saw it. later, when we were walking up the short steps, i felt a COLD feeling in go in me and never come out of me, the whole tour, along with many other encounters. the coldfeeling left me when i was at least a mile away. i NEVER came back to that house after that, tho it was interesting

Meri says:

March 22, 2008, 11:52 pm

I visited the Winchester House , I started taking random pictures especially when i felt cold and hot spots..In the pictures I have a ton of anomalies in the room where there’s doors and windows are stored. Then in the velvet room , Theres a little girl’s apparition ..The most freaky one would be in one of the bedrooms there is a demon like skull on top of the bed. I definetly believe many souls are trapped inside the Winchester house. I believe that it became a portal due to the saeances that were performed there and still continue.

Jessica says:

March 30, 2008, 3:51 am

It is amazing to me that after nearly two and a half years of comments on this site, that who ever posted this site, has not corrected the information about the Winchester Mystery House! I did read that someone was descent enough to fill readers in but still the entire history is not correct. Sarah Winchester was a very smart woman who lived in a time when any “bad” experience has an explaintation. That is why she purchased an unfinished 8 room farm house and why she continued it’s building until the day she died. Her six week old baby died, her husband died sixteen years later. The only thing she wanted was answers. Her superstition got the better of her and her 20 million dollars she inherited after her husbands death. Not to mention the $1000.00 a day she got in royalties. She was rich, she was crazy, she believed in the paranormal, and she just kept building a house to confuse the spirits that she believed were after her. That is the bulk of the story! PLEASE CORRECT YOUR INFORMATION!

christina says:

April 17, 2008, 6:17 pm

Ok so i used to work at the winchester mystery house. I have walked through it by myself at night and nothing has happened. The deal with her being “pinned” in a room is just that she was trapped because the house shifted and she was seen again. Her servants pulled her out a few hours later she died in the house some time later. And no not in the bed in the room today it is all donated furniture. So the deal with there being an imprint of her laying on the bed is not true I’ve been right up next to the bed; there is no imprint. As for cold spots duh! it’s an old old house and it’s going to be drafty. And the myth about rocking chairs rocking… well when i worked there the tour guides liked to fool with the guests because we were always working in the house even if we aren’t giving a tour (we cleaned) so we would rock the chairs or walk up the stairs or close doors. Everyone had a good scense of humor, so it wouldn’t surprise me if a tour guide cleaning a room set the chair rocking and a tour came in while it was still going. I don’t believe that it is haunted. It is a creepy old house with some great workmanship and i would recommend everyone see it once.

gabby says:

April 18, 2008, 2:01 pm

Hi,my name is gabby and i am now in 7th grade and as a 7th grader i have to write a 4 page research paper that takes about 2-3 months to finish so our teacher ask us to pick a subject that really pulls us in well me and my friends like to haunt ghost and find EVPs in our spare time so when i heard about the Winchester house i had to do my paper on it i am 3 months in and i am still having a grate time finding info.thank this website really helped me get good info

kee says:

April 21, 2008, 4:09 pm

weel i still don’t get why she bult all of the rooms and why would she just keep making room to know were and how did she get around with out getting lost and what if she forgot that that room lead to the out side and she was on the scond floor and she fell what would the sperits do then would they get someone to do the rest for her or woule they just leave the big house with ghost .
and can you go in the house and do weard thing happen or dothey just say that just to make you freeked out and where is this house and can you srtay there and do you have to pay and how much is it to stay there

wolfie says:

April 22, 2008, 4:42 pm

Why is such filthy, nasty language allowed on this website? Those un-educated Mexicans with that cactus still stuck on their ugly foreheads can’t even spell in their own language and wanted the Gringo’s to translate so they could understand. NOW that’a joke!!! They should have been reported for using such language. Thought this website was for leaving comments on your actual haunted experiences and not to leave HATE messages like that colored female did by calling certain people crackers. Take control of this site or close it down. If properly ran it would be a great place for all us paranormal-ghost lovers. Someone PLEASE take control and throw out the trash.

Someone says:

April 22, 2008, 11:22 pm

Yeah Rose red was based off this house.

no life. says:

May 2, 2008, 12:47 pm

that place scared my mule

Someone says:

May 4, 2008, 3:31 pm

Ok look if you guys don’t want to sit here and read this then don’t. You don’t have to leave all these stupid comments saying that people that believe this are stupid well you are the dumby that sits here and reads it and then reads all the comments well if you don’t like it then don’t read it. I think this mantion is awesome I haven’t had a chance to see it but some day I will. I am only 16 but even I know if you take the time to read it and you don’t like it don’t down people that do.

Vake Xeacons says:

May 11, 2008, 1:10 am

I went there a few years ago. It was an amazing experience to say the least. The house is breathtaking. Unfortunately, I only got to see the house. One day, I’ll go back and check out the grounds (which people say is just as awesome). But one thing’s for sure:

It’s not scary. The rooms are all painted in bright, enchanting colors, like any other house. Aside from the first front rooms, there’s none of that dark wood Victorian finish. The only room in which you would expect to see a ghost is the ballroom.

Most of the mystery that surrounds the house is the fact that there was no architectural planning. They just started building and never stopped until Lady Winchester died.

There are doors that open to nothing but the wall, but other than that, most seem to come from no planning. There’s a staircase that leads right up to the ceiling and stops, but it was there in the original ranch house and wasn’t taken out when they built over the floor above.

The infamous “Door to Nowhere” (a 2nd floor door that opens onto thin air) is on the front of the house that was walled off after the earthquake, leaving many rooms forever unfinished. Looks to me like it originally was planned for a balcony that was never completed.

Kelly says:

May 17, 2008, 4:43 pm

She didn’t build the rooms to confuse them.She built them because the spirits asked her to and she thought by doing that she would find her family.

Sarah says:

May 22, 2008, 7:40 pm

It’s NOT haunted!!!! Gee, it’s just a museum. I’ve been there many times. I live in San Jose. I took the tour. It’s BORING!
I always pass by it and once I was going to apply there when the house had a job hire sign. But, then, I thought, wow, people will just drive me crazy with those, is it really haunted stories. It’s NOT!!!!!

Monique says:

May 29, 2008, 11:47 pm

Hey one time I had a b-day part there and I had exactly 13 guests (including me). We all had a good laugh about that! Turns out it was her favorite number or somethin’

Carra says:

June 10, 2008, 8:20 am

I have heard about this place in a couple of places It was said that the women built doors that opened into walls. Hallways that led no where and other stuff like that. Thank u for posting this.

Brandy says:

August 10, 2008, 3:39 pm

Hello everyone! I used to work at the Winchester mansion as a tour guide! Is it haunted? YES!!! I only worked there for 3 months, I quit because believe it or not I felt like I was being followed home! Weird things started happening at my house! I would be asleep in bed and my pillow would hit me in the face, I could feel the strength of a hand pressing it into my face as if I was going to be smothered! Things I encountered at the Winchester mansion: The first encounter I had was during my interview! I was in the room above the gift shop which used to be part of the house, now converted into an employee room! I was sitting facing my interviewer behind her was a window. This window opened outward from inside the room! It just busted open as if a gush of wind from inside the room forced it too! There was no wind! My second encounter happened on the third floor in one of the earthquake damaged rooms. I was facing a wall practicing my script when I saw a shadow on the wall of a man. It was as if he was pacing behind me! From what I remember the shadow looked as if he was wearing a long coat and a top hat! I froze for a second and then dropped my script and started running, I could hear footsteps behind me as if I were being chased! I got lost in the house until I eventually found my way out! When I returned to the employee room everyone asked what was wrong, I was practically in tears and shaking! One night while working late cleaning the house I was in the Venetian dining room (on the first floor). When I heard a record player located on the third floor playing, I knew it didnâ??t work; no one else was in the house! I knew which record player it was because I used to spin the record on the needle to play the old record; it was an old happy birthday song (very creepy)! Mrs. Winchesters bedroom was the eeriest place in the house. Sometimes it smelt like roses, and other time it smelt of death! I always felt unwelcome in her bedroom! I could go on and on about the experiences I had at the mansion, but I donâ??t want to bore you! Just to sum it all up, the Winchester mansion is haunted!

Mandi says:

August 14, 2008, 1:34 am

Actually, part of this story is incorrect. She was seen again after the earthquake, that’s why the building continued, the people working on the house had to pry the door of the room she was in open with a crow bar (you can still see the marks in the door frame). She died on her bed. When you go into the house, it really isn’t that scary, if anything you just feel sad for her, she goes crazy because she loses the only people that mean anything to her. But the house is fascinating, & really go to walk around in.

Alyssa says:

August 18, 2008, 9:04 pm

hey im alyssa and i am hearing strange things about this house like it is haunted and it has 160 rooms. well i wouldnt ever want to see that house it should be private and knocked down and who ever goes there will have to pay a fine of 20,000 dallors

Jessica says:

September 10, 2008, 12:57 pm

I have read so many stories about this house. I really wish I lived near it because I would love to go on a tour of it. It sounds really spooky though, but that’s where you get the chance to understand what’s really out there.

Kristy says:

September 11, 2008, 6:45 pm

I LIVE A COUPLE OF BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE MYSTERY HOUSE, I’ve never taken a tour (since i live so close, i can do it whenever i want) and I pass the mystery house every day on my way to and from home. Once, I was having dinner with friends at Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant across the street from the mansion. We ended up staying at the restaurant pretty late.

I remember looking out the window, across the street at the mansion, and the lights were on in one of the second floor front windows in front of those bushes and statues out front along the main street. I thought it was weird for a light to be on, it was about 11pm-midnight, and the lights are never on that late. A few moments later, I saw a woman in a dress standing at the window, looking out (it was almost silhouette-looking) know those dresses that have hoops along the bottom to keep the skirt full? she was wearing that, and her hair was up in what looked like a bun. Shortly after, the light turned off as she walked away from the window. A couple of my friends saw her too. I still pass the mystery house at night on my way home, and lights are never on in the house, so I think that woman in the window must have been Sarah Winchester.

Jessica says:

September 12, 2008, 11:52 am

Reply to Kristy: Are you serious? That’s creepy. I really want to go tour there!!

Deliverance Minister Helena Garilano says:

September 13, 2008, 8:20 am

The Winchester Houe is haunted because the owner gave the spirits a “legal ground” (invite) The women was into spiritism. I think she practiced it because the spirirt that were already there convienced her to do it because they knew that more doors would be opened.
The legal ground must be removed in the Name of Jesus Christ. Spirits do follow if you enter “their” proptery. If you have visited a haunted house or hotel you say I cover myself with the blood of Jesus Christ any spirit that transfered to me followed me or was sent to me I bind you and command you to leave and return to where you came from in the Name of Jesus Christ.There are more details on

Shannon Reinbold-Gee (author) says:

September 22, 2008, 4:42 pm

Minister Garilano makes a great point. And when Sarah allowed her guilt and emotional instability to cause her to purchase the existing structure (and then build, build, build) she gave an open invite beyond simply saying spirits could stay there. It’s a relatively common problem and can certainly be corrected. Your intent is as powerful as your words–sometimes moreso. If you’re Christian, the good Minister’s suggestions hold more weight and power than if you aren’t (because belief is key in all this). If you are from a different religious calling, there are still ways you can oust a spirit, although, depending on the variety of entity and your personal stability, it might be best to get some assistance from someone with experience in the field. Be wary of quacks, of course. For minor issues, many people have had success with firmly ordering the entity out of their home/space. Some need support in different forms (sage or holy water, depending)as well.

Thanks for the thoughts, Minister!

Isbeth says:

September 24, 2008, 1:46 pm

I wish i could go to this place and check it out. I wanna go see if it really is haunted!!! So what IS the TRUTH STORY about this mansion????

Shannon says:

October 10, 2008, 6:43 pm

I’ve been here a couple of times and I’ve never seen anything. I’ve taken a lot of pictures inside and nothing unusual has ever come up. They have flash light tours on Halloween and Friday the 13th. I’d like to go back then, maybe I’ll see something. But so far however all I have to say is it’s a good place to see amazing Victorian architecture.

Jennifer says:

October 24, 2008, 1:31 pm

Is this the same house from the movie Rose Red?

Jessica says:

October 24, 2008, 1:38 pm

Hey Jennifer, no it’s not. (: That house in in Washington State, they filmed ‘There Will Be Blood’ there also…

isabel says:

October 27, 2008, 2:55 pm

hello i just want to know how much is it? to get in ther and is it worth it?

TC says:

October 28, 2008, 5:48 pm

“Rose Red” was fimed in Washington, at the Thornewood Castle Inn and Gardens. However, to correct Jessica, the house in “There Will Be Blood” was filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

hannah says:

November 27, 2008, 5:10 pm

Hi i wish to know more im into this stuff and heard it on another website sonds pretty cool i want to see it im 12 going on 13 and must see. p.s is it true it was used on 13 ghost?

John says:

January 24, 2009, 10:05 am

Well my mom used to live right around the corner from this mansion and she took like a bazillion tours. Out of all of the day and night tours that she took she did not experience one thing. I myself have not been there but I shall in the summer. I think my mom did not experience anything because she did not believe anything would happen to her. For me I think that the experiences have to do with either your mind, angles, or (my least favorite) demons. Most of the time it has to do with your mind. Please comment if this helped or not.

Amber Burton says:

February 9, 2009, 9:43 pm

Hey I’ve been to the Winchester house many times I love it there It’s creepy and amazing all at the same time!

Maddison says:

February 25, 2009, 4:48 pm

I am so excited. I am going to the Mansion tomorrow and I’m going alone. My fiance is a skeptic grew up near San Jose and isn’t really interested in going and I feel like he’ll just bum me out. After reading most comments and stories, I am even more excited. for those of you who have been there or wrked there, when is the least busy time and day to go? I would rather go on a day that isn’t too busy

Melissa Alcala says:

March 17, 2009, 6:16 pm

Hey ppl I really wanna go to da house I live really close to there and for some reason when I pass the house(never go inside) I feel strange…

alexus says:

May 20, 2009, 5:55 pm

okay.this is off topic but my family is sorta like that too.we have 4 of everything…but i was wondering…mabey the house stated being build on Friday the 13th.its just an idea.
but my house may be haunted also.we built our house 6 years ago.we came across the land by one of my fauthers was an excellent clearing.but every time im on the computer or in the kitchen i swear i hear a door close.i look every where but see nothing.and the guy who sold us the land had burried a horse here.sometimes i hear galloping and shovoling.on occasions i hear doors closing to my house and then the floor craks and it feels as if your being watched…so much to the point where you turn around and say something like “okay you got me” or something like that…its pretty freaky!

caca heads says:

June 1, 2009, 1:26 pm

hi our names are caca heads and we will visit your house soon see ya!!!!! :)

Lilibell says:

July 13, 2009, 9:02 pm

I saw the Winchester house in a book called Unexplained. At a public library. The link sends you to thousands of public libraries. Or go to,, If you go to,then click on Bourbonnais Public Library. That’s where I found this information. I also would recommend if you go to That’s also where I found some information about this website and story. If you would like to be a ghost hunter someday then be a ghost hunter. Follow your biggest dreams and they might come true. I also learned in the book Unexplained also. So pick a website and start learning.

jordan says:

August 29, 2009, 1:44 pm

I think theat the winchester house is haunted becasue all the best is the worst and i may go there when im in the 20s Sarah is hidden in that place

EntroThaEmcee says:

August 30, 2009, 4:02 am

I went to the Winchester Mansion before I really knew the story and was amazed by what I saw. A very rich experience. Took some pictures of family members out by the cresent garden and in two of the three pictures, there were two bright purple orbs around the family members and in the pics the orbs changed position even though I took them in a row with nobody moving. Haunted? I have no idea, but it was intresting.

para-chan214 says:

September 28, 2009, 12:27 am

Candy11: what they mean by pinned is that the door was pinched shut by the shifting of the walls making the doorframe shift as well, keeping the door from opening.
i live with two former guides from the Winchester House (both of whom are still listed as available to do flashlight tours through the House) and while it is rumored that Mrs. Winchester slept in a different room every night, there was no actual evidence of that. the room in which she was trapped during the 1906 earthquake is call the Daisy Bedroom and is on the tour route, as is the bedroom in which she died.
i have had unusual experiences in the House myself, specifically in the basement.

Alyx says:

October 11, 2009, 7:29 pm

I just visited the house recently, and I enjoyed every second of it. I am really fascinated with the paranormal and this is the house that I’ve always wanted to visit to see if indeed this house is haunted. But in my opinion, I dont think it is haunted. But reading these comments and especially from the person who saw a man in the garage and the garage was nowhere to be seen, I’m starting to think twice on it.
Next time i head over to Northern California, I’m definately gonna book for a Flashlight Tour!

Infinity 12 says:

June 18, 2010, 10:57 pm

I’ve seen the documentary on the Winchester house on t.v,and I have to say it is by far the most interesting house I have ever seen. They showed the stairs leading straight up to the ceiling. Doors built leading nowhere, doors even built leading into a straight drop several feet below. I was a little spooked watching it, and wondered if the construction of such a monstrosity was that of a sane mind or the creation of a mad woman. I would definitely hate to get lost in that house. I think I would like to visit it one day and view it up close and personal, with a guide of course. I wonder what supernatural things go on there at night. Can the whispers of lost ghosts be heard at night, or even Sarah herself, muttering and lost in her own delusions?

joce says:

July 4, 2010, 4:25 pm

I really want to go to the Winchester house! that would be fun…

anastasia bykovskaya anastasia chernikova says:

August 1, 2010, 6:36 pm

haunted houses are haunted dead love to live in haunted houses deads live in haunted houses.

tee says:

August 19, 2010, 8:48 pm

wow this story is interesting…

Johnny says:

January 28, 2011, 2:56 pm

Spooky and creepy mansion. read Ken Hudnall’s article about this mystery house –

OCEAN says:

February 6, 2011, 5:39 am

My parents took me to this house when I was young. I didn’t feel or see anything out of the ordinary. It is a BEAUTIFUL mansion. I remember seeing a room with wax figures in it. Mrs Winchester was sitting on a stage coach bench right on top. she had gray hair styled in a bun and a dark color cloak like coat wrapped around her shoulders. I remember seeing a wax statue of an indian. I remember it being a LONG tour. I currently have a friend who used to guide the tours through the home. He told me of some paranormal activity he and guests have experienced. I can’t post them yet as I want to get accurate details before I post. I have lived in haunted houses all my life and should write a book of all the experiences my family, guests and I have gone through. I know now how Mrs Winchester must have felt running from these spirits. They are REAL. I live in a haunted hotel from the 1800’s. This used to be an old whore (brothel) house. I would board up and section off parts of this place like Mrs. Win did if I thought it would keep the spirits away from me. I simply call on the LORD, JESUS CHRIST and HE keeps us SAFE. If you ever see or experience ghosts or spirits or uneasy feelings all you have to say is,” I bind EVIL HELPLESS now and forever in JESUS CHRIST’S name..AMEN” God bless you all. Thank you for this post on this beautiful WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE!

Autumn says:

April 12, 2011, 9:54 pm

I have visited this house. It is true that 13 is present throughout the house. There is also stairways that lead to nothing and doors on the second floor that just open outside with no stairs or balcony or anything. There are also doors and cabinets that lead to nothing, (black walls) hidden passageways and also in many rooms there are secret peepholes and trap doors so she could spy on her servants. She also has a special room she uses for communicating with spirits. The entire house including the gardens etc is really cool and I strongly suggest visiting.

JS says:

July 3, 2011, 2:28 pm

I just went to the Winchester Mystery House yesterday, and was surprisingly very disappointed.When you walk towards the house the first things you see are a refreshment stand and an arcade, which completely ruins the historic aspect. None of the paint or furniture were the original and very few rooms were extravagent. I personally would not recomend The Winchester Mystery House. If you want to see an extravagent, haunted place with lots of history, go to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

Hesnisis says:

December 2, 2011, 8:58 pm

I remember wen i visted this house about 2 years ago i was in the gift shop nd i told my friend i was going to look for the bath room i went md wen i washed my hands nd looked at the mirror i got a cold chill.i shacked it off i never really believed in ghost we went to our tour guide nd me nd my friend were disvussing the rumors we heard about the hpuse well wen we were almost done with the tour my friend was wit the rest of the people nd i was in a corner i got a text message but i couldnt view it than i felt a breeze and looked aroud no one seemed to notice than a minute later i seen a lady walk out of the room who was pale white and she smiled at me u froze in my spot than she seemed to stare at me for a whileand she looked up and disapeared i told my friend wat happen nd she told me that around the same time her camera died when she had charged it all night

Valerie says:

March 28, 2012, 8:18 pm

One Christmas I was riding in the car with my family past the property. I was not mentally focusing on much, but glanced out the passenger window to see an elderly lady in a long old-fashioned bright red gown in an upper window looking out towards the street. It actually startled me. I announced to my adult daughter “I think I just saw Mrs. Winchester!” She told me to clam up so not to frighten her children. Later that day we drove by the house again; the red-dressed lady was not in the window. So, I don’t think she was a statue. She definitely was not dressed like a tourist. I hope she had a nice holiday. She looked ready for party guests.

Rose says:

October 18, 2012, 6:14 pm

Been to the Winchester House and although I didn’t see any ghosts, but had a weird feeling when we were getting near her bedroom where Sarah died.

Zumi says:

July 7, 2016, 4:46 pm

I get lost trying to find dining room to eat my cake. The heat might be broken because wherever I go people saying it is so cold and they leave.

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