Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose 95128 Driving directions
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guided tour only - Jun-Aug: 9am-7pm; rest of year: 9am-5pm


This strange, rambling 160-room Victorian hodgepodge is the creation of Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester. After purchasing an eight-room San Jose farmhouse in 1884, she added to it compulsively until her death in 1922. Local legend avers that Mrs. Winchester was guided in her architectural excesses by the ghosts of those who had lost their lives to Winchester firearms.


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