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A Widow Built This Creepy 1800s Mansion By Talking To Ghosts Through A Ouija Board

When William Winchester (of Winchester rifle fame) passed away in 1881, his wife, Sarah, suffered immeasurably. Grief-stricken, childless, with no direction—and suddenly the heir of half of her husband’s company, which was valued at nearly $500 million in today’s dollars—she did what any 19th-century widow would do: consult a psychic.

Taking her counselor’s advice to heart, she trekked across the country to build a mansion to atone for all the souls killed by her husband’s famed gun. The bizarre demands Sarah placed on the home’s carpenters are legendary, and according to myth, the spirits she tried to outrun in life are just as present in the mansion today as they were when she lived there.

After inheriting $20 million from the death of her husband, William, in 1881, Sarah Winchester built a massive home on 162 acres in California’s Santa Clara Valley. Childless and alone, she became depressed and tormented over the loss of her husband, and built her mansion as a means of distraction.

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Sarah placed intense demands on the construction workers building the home. Though she paid them well, her desires were ever-changing, and they had to conform to her whims on a daily basis.

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Sarah did not use an architect to design the house. Instead, she consulted spirits via ouija board, which told her to make the design changes she demanded so regularly.

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In all, the Winchester home would contain 300 rooms over seven floors, 13 bathrooms, two ballrooms, six kitchens, 47 fireplaces, two basements, three elevators, and a ton of spiritual lore. The mysteries surrounding Sarah and her eccentric beliefs run deep, and the house is said to be haunted because of them.

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In an effort to outrun the evil spirits that haunted her, Sarah incorporated doors that led nowhere. She believed the decoy pathways would confuse the spirits and keep her safe.

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As a result, the Winchester mansion contained 2,000 doors and over 10,000 panes of glass when it was fully intact. A door hovering above the kitchen is an eerie reminder of Sarah’s obsession with escaping her troubles.

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Some rooms contain windows that looked into other rooms.

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In some cases, Sarah demanded stairs that led to nothing but the ceiling.

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Sarah was said to have communicated with spirits in the Blue Room, where she kept only a table, cabinet, pens, and paper.

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Although Sarah did have a dedicated bedroom, legend has it that she never slept in the same room twice in an effort to throw the spirits off her trail.

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Sarah’s fortune aided in her eccentricity; she loved redwood but hated the color, and required all of it to be stained or covered over.

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Over the years, the Winchester mansion was reduced to four floors and 160 rooms, but the mysteries it posses are still fully intact today.

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While its history is odd, the Winchester home is a beautiful example of Victorian artistry. Sarah’s almost unlimited stream of wealth allowed her to spare no expense on the home, making it one of the most technologically advanced of its day.

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When Sarah passed away in 1922, she left behind an enormous amount of treasures. It took six weeks to clear out all of her belongings, and one room alone held over $25,000 worth of furnishings, or $400,000 in today’s economy.

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While it’s impossible to know exactly what Sarah was thinking with this unbelievable and peculiar mansion, it’s amazing that we can still enjoy it today.

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Preserved as the Winchester Mystery House, visitors to the San Fransisco Bay Area can take a tour of the home in person. Who knows what kind of spirits are still lurking in Sarah’s mansion, but you can certainly schedule a visit to find out.

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