Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Winchester Mystery House - Perfect for Spooktober!
Many claimed the house was haunted. There are approximately 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 2 basements, and 3 elevators. At the time it was built it had forced air heating, flushing toilets, plumbing, and hot showers.
To understand the house one needs to know what fueled Sarah Winchester's motivations. She was born in 1840 in New Haven, Connecticut and had a privileged upbringing, learning to speak 4 languages. In 1862 she married William Winchester, the manufacturer of the Winchester repeating rifle. The couple was off to a happy start, but in 1866 their infant daughter, Annie, died to a mysterious illness. In 1881, William and depression. She visited a medium in Boston. The medium counseled Sarah saying her family and money were haunted by all those people killed by Winchester rifles and she was the next victim. However, if she traveled west and built a house for the spirits killed by the rifles, as long as the house was under construction, Sarah's life would not be in danger. Heeding the medium's advice, Sarah went west and in 1884 bought an unfinished farmhouse.
Sarah had an interesting love/hate relationship with the spirits inhabiting the Winchester House.
She never slept in the same bedroom 2 nights in a row so as to confuse the evil spirits.
The house had an abundance of light sources so the spirits wouldn't feel conspicuous by shadows since they couldn't cast their own.
Only 2 mirrors were placed in the house though. Ms. Winchester believed the ghosts in the house were afraid of their own reflection.
Interestingly, Sarah Winchester never gave an interview or left a journal. There are hundreds of wild stories about her the house, the ghosts. Who's to say what's true?
Question: Has anyone ever visited the Winchester House? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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BLURB: Drake takes the biggest chance of his life all because of a bottle of wine. Can he breakthrough the battlements surrounding Lily's lonely heart?
He stared into her eyes, keeping his hand on her waist. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing." She hesitated. "Everything. You..." her voice trailed off. Silence grew between them. God, what had she been thinking? Was it possible to have a future 5 with him?
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