Winchester Mystery House
In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.
Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.
I lived in San Jose for most of my life and I never been here until recently. It is a wonderful place to check out and see how houses were built back then. This house has great history tied in with it! I would say it's a little pricy but you get what you pay for! Totally recommend!
We came at a time when they were finishing some renovations but we still enjoyed ourselves. Roxie was our tour guide & she had a great upbeat personality. She handled interruptions with ease. I appreciate that she kept the tour more historical and didn't make it a ghost walk.
If you are in San Jose, and you like Victoria. Architecture and mystery stories, this is the place to go. Photography is forbidden in the entire mansion. The construction is very big, but the actual individual rooms are tiny. The ceiling is so low it's not friendly to 6-feet dudes. It's like a small version of Downton Abbey. The tour is around 1.5 hours, and the guide will tell you all the stories along the tour. The tour guide is eloquent and honest, even though the stories evolve around curses, spirits and even ghosts, he didn't exaggerate anything. I love to learn about historical stories, so I recommend this place.
The history is cool and if, for some ungodly reason, you find yourself in San Jose check it out. Quirky, odd, fascinating. It's not very expensive and worth the 1-2 hours you will spend. The 'Behind The Scenes' package is worth it. You get to go in the basement and see a lot of the cool exterior things that the regular tours do not.
I live less than 2 miles away yet this is the first I've come here. Staff did an amazing job of giving you facts throughout the tour and added a lot of character. Be sure to visit the gardens as they are great. Disappointing that you cannot take photos inside. Sometimes you can find discount deals on apps so check that first. Great place to take someone when they are in town visiting.