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Is California’s Winchester House the most haunted house in America? Does the Winchester Mystery House hold untold secrets? Do more terrifying spirits – not just ghosts – lurk in locked rooms and unexplored corners?
Something scared Sarah Winchester, badly. She was trying to outrun something.
The Winchester Mystery House was the focus of a stylish 2018 movie starring Helen Mirren.
Some of the house’s strange elements aren’t quite what they seem, and – in historical context – may have been more practical than spiritual.
I’m not sure what to think about the recent discoveries in Sarah Winchester’s attic. My initial reaction was, “Oh, that was staged.”
Then I started wondering if it was staged for drama… or if it’s hiding something in plain sight.
Looking more closely, we may see a far darker aspect of Mrs. Winchester’s life.
I have the feeling it’s right there, in front of us, but we haven’t recognized it yet.
Much of the Winchester house’s most compelling paranormal evidence isn’t obvious. It’s layered in history, mystical beliefs, and secrets.
So, yes. I believe the Winchester Mystery House is a haunted house. And whatever haunts it is extreme.
Extreme enough that it stands out as one of the most baffling haunts in the world.
Winchester House Videos
These videos will introduce you to the strange (and sometimes chilling) Winchester story.
In Theaters February 2, 2018 #WinchesterMovie Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end.
The next video is a 7 1/2 minute visual tour of the Winchester Mystery House. The soundtrack is entirely music, no verbal descriptions.
If you’re looking for ghost stories or history, you may want to skip ahead to the “Winchester Mystery House – Secrets of the Mansion” series, further down this page. That series delivers a tour of the house plus details of Sarah Winchester’s life, and how the house was built.
Highlights of the amazing Mansion Tour at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. *All Footage Provided by Winchester Mystery House.
Winchester House Secrets & Mysteries
I recommend the following four short (4-5 minutes, each) videos in a series, “Winchester Mystery House – Secrets of the Mansion.”
The sound quality is okay, but not great. Despite that, if you want a good overview of the history – including some ghostly legends – this series is worth your time. You’ll gain a far better understanding of why the Winchester story is so compelling. And why we may have only scratched the surface of what lurks there.
First part of the award-winning 20 minute video that masterfully tells the story of Sarah Winchester and the house that Sarah built. Produced in 1997 by Tam Communications for the Winchester Mystery House, the DVD can be purchased on Amazon. Directed by Tam O’Connor Fraser
Part 2 of 4. In this segment a look at the detail and craftsmanship of the mansion. Produced in 1997 by Tam Communications for the Winchester Mystery House. The DVD can be purchased on Amazon. Directed by Tam O’Connor Fraser
In this segment a look at the practical and mystical aspects of the house that Sarah Winchester built.
Part 4 of the award-winning 20 minute documentary on the Winchester Mystery House. Produced in 1997 by Tam Communications for the Winchester Mystery House. Directed by Tam O’Connor Fraser
My next link to a Winchester Mystery House video starts around the 3:20 mark, and includes an interesting paranormal story. It resonates with similar stories I’ve heard in other haunted locations. To me, it seems credible.
(After she finishes telling her story, fast-forward to the 7:46 point. There, another tour guide describes her own eerie experience. After the 8:19 mark, the video shows a little more of the house, but no additional stories.)
Subscribe for more adventures with 2 Men And A Dog! Back in March on our second day of the road trip, we got the chance to explore the 160 room Winchester Mystery House mansion. Watch as we talk of ghosts and the paranormal that this incredible Victorian mansion has in its rich history located in San Jose, California.
YouTube videos I did not include:
- Ghost Adventures S05E04 Winchester Mystery House – a YouTube video posted by Perdue Adrian. It’s probably the full episode (or more), but the haunted house is shown in a skewed screen-in-screen image. If you want to see that episode, as of January 2018 it’s at Daily Motion.com.
- Ghost Adventures S12E11 Return to Winchester Mystery House 1080p HDTV x264 tNe – another skewed screen image, with a link to another website “to see in full HD.” I don’t click on links like that. Instead, I recommend watching the full episode on Hulu. (That link was current in Jan 2018.)
- If you’re looking for the Ghost Hunters episode (Season 2, Ep. 11) that includes the Winchester Mansion, it’s at Daily Motion, too.
- Winchester Mansion: The House That Spirits Built – It Is Written. It explains why God warns us about seances and believing in ghosts, and uses the Winchester Mystery House as an example. (If you don’t believe in ghosts or haunted houses, and you’re looking for a fairly high-quality Christian video, that’s probably the best relevant YouTube option. The video references: Job 7:9-10, Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Leviticus 19:31, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, and so on.)
Additional Winchester House Resources
If you’re a fan of the Winchester story, be sure to see the stylish, old-school (1963) video about the mansion, narrated by Lillian Gish, Mrs. Winchester’s House. For me, it was 30 minutes well spent.
I also enjoyed the first-person stories about the haunted house – and Mrs. Winchester – during her lifetime, in Sarah Winchester, My Neighbor. It’s a short book by a cheerful (if slightly nosy) neighbor, and it helped me understand the era when Sarah Pardee Winchester was building her very strange – and haunted – house.
In that historical context – when most wealthy women like Mrs. Winchester occupied themselves with hobbies, and walking their dogs, etc. – I saw how very odd she was. More than I’d expected. Was she fleeing something more than her own mortality? And just how terrified was she…?
Why didn’t she just pack her bags, sell the property, and live far away from whatever-it-was?
Perhaps it was something she couldn’t outrun.
In general, I think the Winchester house is one of America’s more enigmatic haunted houses. The mansion’s eerie legends and quirky history raise many questions. Some may only be answered by the ghosts… and whatever else lurks there.