The Final Questions

Behind the “Mystery” of the Winchester Mystery HouseTM

The Final Questions

Whether or not there is any truth to these experiences, visitors to the Winchester Mystery House™ are bound to run into others who are curious about the spirit world. Nobody has adequately answered the final questions: Why did Mrs. Winchester spend so much time, money, and energy to live the way she did? And why did she build what is arguably one of the world’s oddest houses?

No one will ever know, but this beautiful and bizarre mansion has, we think, allowed Mrs. Sarah L. Winchester, Lady of Mystery, to achieve a unique kind of eternal life.

Was she obsessed by the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifle? Did she use the endless building and rebuilding as a way of distracting herself from her grief over the deaths of her loved ones? If the rumors of her strange behavior are not true, why did no one come forward to contradict them after her death?

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Wander through 110 of the 160 rooms of this Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress. Tour the estate daily. Keep up to date on all the happenings, worldly and otherwise, only with the exclusive "13th Hour" newsletter.

The lavishly constructed Grand Ballroom was built at a cost of $9,000 at a time when an entire house could be built for under $1,000.