on March 16, 2004
Sarah Winchester would have been considered a crazy lady except for one thing--she had more money than she could spend in her lifetime. Since that was the case she was then instead considered "eccentric". She was the widow of the Winchester firearms firm manufacturer and as such inherited the company upon his death. She then got the idea that in order to appease the spirits of those slain by the Winchester rifle, she would need to build onto her home everyday for the rest of her life. This led to her to San Jose and the purchase of an 8 room farmhouse which became as we know today the 160 room Winchester Mystery House. Because of all the changes done during the course of the building of this house, many rooms, hallways, doors, etc. seemingly have no purpose other than to "exist". Most of the rooms are furnished with period pieces (though all of the original furniture has long since disappeared). There are many beautiful examples of doors and windows still remaining as is some of the damage caused by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. She had construction being done everyday of her life from 1884 until her death in 1922. What remains is the sole purpose of her life--her mystery house.
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