Winchester House Mansion located in San Jose, California.
The most haunted house in the world sits on an isolated stretch of land that’s 50 miles outside of San Francisco. Built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester fortune, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To an outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah’s actually building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts — and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.
From 1886 to 1922 construction seemingly never ceased as the original eight-room farmhouse grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion, featuring:
- 24,000 square feet
- 10,000 windows
- 2,000 doors
- 160 rooms
- 52 skylights
- 47 stairways and fireplaces
- 17 chimneys
- 13 bathrooms
- 6 kitchens
- Built at a price tag of the $5 million dollars in 1923 or $71 million today
The haunted stories are not disappointing nor are they far from few. Since its construction in 1884, the property and mansion were claimed by many to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles. While Sarah Winchester herself never mentioned hauntings and friends denied them, speculation was rampant. Harry Houdini himself visited after Winchester’s death to debunk spiritualists. But the ghost stories continue today.
As you tour the amazing property, you may experience gentle tugs of shirts or skirts. You may also experience hearing the patter of disembodied footsteps, as witnessed by their maintenance worker, Denny, in the water tower. You may see doorknobs turning on their own or feel icy chills of energies flowing near you. Alarmingly, many have also had a temporary loss of vision.
A number of its employees and some visitors have claimed to have met Clyde’s phantom. He is seen as a mustached man wearing white overalls and a Victorian boater hat, which appears to be pushing a wheelbarrow in the basement. Sometimes he has been seen trying to repair the Ballroom’s fireplace. The Winchester House has an actual photo of Clyde, as displayed in our gallery.