Located in Northern California, the Winchester House has one of the most bizarre floor plans of any mansion in the world. This was due to the fact that the house was under constant construction by order of its owner Sarah Winchester. Sarah became the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company upon the death of her husband and sons. The rifle company made weapons (becha couldn't guess) that were predominantly used by western settlers and the company was so successful that its merchandise was often referred to as the "Guns that Won the West."
|Door with a drop...possibly for flying spirits to enter?|
Allegedly, Sarah was contacted by the spirits of all the people who had died at the hands of Winchester rifles. She was to build a house for their souls to rest in, and on the day the construction stopped, Sarah would die. By the day of her death, Sarah had kept up the construction process for 38 years, sketching out plans for rooms (sometimes on tablecloths) and adding 3 working elevators, 47 fireplaces, impractical staircases to nowhere, doors that opened onto walls and doors that opened onto nothing but a straight drop to the ground. Sara was also said to have been obsessed with the number 13, and many of the windows in the house have 13 panes.
|Staircase to nowhere|
Some say Sarah was receiving plans from spirits in her Séance Room (also located inside the mansion) and this is why the floor plan is so chaotic, others say she was so desperate to build she constructed anything she could. The Mystery House recieves many reports of paranormal activity each year including ghostly apparitions, cold spots, and disembodied footsteps and voices. Psychic investigators say there are hundreds of other spirits calling the Mystery House "home." Sarah is reported to be seen wandering the house as well.
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