Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oh, The Places I Want To Go...

Sarah Winchester was a woman with very deep pockets who was very deeply saddened by the death of her young daughter and, later, her husband. Seeking solace from her grief, Sarah consulted with a medium who informed her that her ill luck was the result of the thousands of vengeful spirits who had been killed by her family's great moneymaker: the Winchester Rifle.

The medium went on to inform Sarah that she must move out west and build a house for herself and the spirits. The medium also mentioned that the moment Sarah stopped construction on that house, she would die.

And so, in San Jose, California, we have the Winchester Mystery House. Here is a photo of the house when it was seven stories tall:

As the caption at the bottom of the photo ominously suggests, the building no longer looks as it did "Before the Earthquake" and is now merely four stories tall.

The Winchester Mystery House was under construction continuously, night and day, for 38 years until Mrs. Winchester's death in 1922. The result? A 160-room, 40-bedroom monster.

From Wikipedia:

"Due to the lack of a master plan and constant construction, the house became very large and quite complex; many of the serving staff needed a map to navigate the house. The house also features doors that open into walls, staircases that lead nowhere, the recurring number thirteen, and windows that look into other walls."

I am making a written list of places I want to travel, specifically so I can put this house on the list.

1 comment:

your awesome sister said...

i'll go to the house with you, then you have to come to kauai with me when i go back. deal? deal. you really need to update this beast more often you know.