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The holidays are a time for giving, for sharing precious time with those we love, and wandering through mansions with hidden passageways and hundreds of spirited tales. Of course, there must be twinkling lights and ornately-decorated trees, too.
At The Winchester Mystery House, the Spirit of Christmas Tour will keep you guessing about every turn, staircase and doorway. The secrets of Sarah Winchester's eccentric lifestyle are preserved in every inch of the 160-room Victorian, including the larger than life Christmas trees and festive decor. Snag today's deal for half off a 60-minute guided daytime tour or a 30-minute self-guided evening tour (with wine tasting, brass trios, violinists and roving carolers on select nights) and let your curiosities run rampant.
WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE Why did Sarah Winchester build the world’s strangest home, containing 160 rooms and costing more than $5,500,000? The mystery remains unsolved to this very day. Winchester Mystery House™ is an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship – marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric, to say the least. Tour guides must warn people not to stray from the group or they could be lost for hours! Countless questions come to mind as you wander through the mansion – such as, what was Mrs. Winchester thinking when she had a staircase built that descends seven steps and then rises eleven? Some of the architectural oddities may have practical explanations. For example, the Switchback Staircase, which has seven flights with forty four steps, rises only about nine feet, since each step is just two inches high. Mrs. Winchester arthritis was quite severe in her later years, and the stairway may have been designed to accommodate her disability. The miles of twisting hallways are made even more intriguing by secret passageways in the walls. Mrs. Winchester traveled through her house in a roundabout fashion, supposedly to confuse any mischievous ghosts that might be following her. This wild and fanciful description of Mrs. Winchester’s nightly prowl to the Séance Room appeared in The American Weekly in 1928, six years after her death: “When Mrs. Winchester set out for her Séance Room, it might well have discouraged the ghost of the Indian or even of a bloodhound, to follow her. After traversing an interminable labyrinth of rooms and hallways, suddenly she would push a button, a panel would fly back and she would step quickly from one apartment into another, and unless the pursuing ghost was watchful and quick, he would lose her. Then she opened a window in that apartment and climbed out, not into the open air, but onto the top of a flight of steps that took her down one story only to meet another flight that brought her right back up to the same level again, all inside the house. This was supposed to be very discomforting to evil spirits who are said to be naturally suspicious of traps.”
Winchester Mystery House
525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128