The House Fear Built

The following excerpts and personal accounts are summaries of actual and unexplained experiences of past and present employees, guests, members of the press, and psychic researchers while inside the Winchester Mystery House™. These are but a few of the experiences that continue to evolve from Sarah Winchester's World Famous Victorian mansion.

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Recent Incidents

My family and I visited the Winchester House but sadly, we arrive too late to go on any of the extensive tours of the house's interior. We decided to look through the gardens since that area was available and we took a few pictures. Later, when I was showing some friends pictures of the trip, we noticed two distinct figures in the window of Sarah Winchester's bedroom that overlooks the garden. They were dressed in clothing appropriate for that time period and they seemed to be watching me.
05/03/09, 5:45PM at the Gardens by Kiana

i saw a ghost coming towards me!! I was so scared.
01/01/10, 12:30PM at the Back Porch Steps by blueghost

i was walking and i saw this girl walking away from me and she just walked through the wall. the i felt a coldx hand on my shoulder i turned around and there was standing the girl i saw earlyer i did't blink for a long time buit ewehen i did shge vanished. it was so creepy!!!
01/18/10, 6:00AM at the Hall-of-Fires by totaly awesome nike

I was touring the front lawn with my son and was standing in front of the mansion. I felt like someone was watching us through the daisy windows but nobody was there. Admiring the window panes, I took a few pictures of them. In all of them you can see the reflection of the sky. In the first picture, however, there is a white fuzzy circle in the upper part the clear panel. Almost like someone standing there looking at us out of it.
01/16/10, 12:30PM at the Other Location by S.S.

It was coming right towards me. A figure, dressed like a maid, but you could see right through her. I blinked and it was gone. I think that my heart skipped about 10 beats.
01/11/10, 9:30AM at the Daisy Bedroom by Penny

I felt these strange energy swirling around my head. It was like being in a mini tornado. I don't think "it" was trying to hurt me, but I'm not sure what it wanted to say or do. I was dizzy for a couple of hours afterwards. What a rush.
01/05/10, 1:00PM at the Front Parlor by Sam

I was walking through the Hall of Fires and I felt a cold, cold hand on my back. It was like the hand was made out of ice. I jumped, turned around, but there was nothing there, at least nothing that I could see. I wish someone could explain what happened.
01/02/10, 12:15PM at the Hall-of-Fires by Sally Prescott

Dude. We were in the basement and we all saw it. A figure hiding behind some crates. You could see right through him. My heart was racing like crazy. It was a rush. What a way to start the year.
01/04/10, 1:00PM at the Basement by Dave

In my country, we have "Dia de los Muertos," Day of the Dead, where we attempt to communicate with the souls of our ancestors. At the Winchester House every day seems to be Day of the Dead, where the living and the departed speak to each other.
05/26/09, 8:45AM at the Seance Room by Jose

In my country, Iceland, we believe that spirits exist, so I was not surprised when I felt a spirit in what you call the Seance room. I think that if you are open, you can experience this in any room in the house. This was the best part of my trip to California.
07/03/08, 9:00AM at the Seance Room by Elísabet

I has the last person to leave the room and I heard strange voices. I couldn't make out what the were saying, but it was something like "we are not going away." I quickly turned around and saw nothing, but I will try again next year.
12/28/09, 9:00AM at the Oriental Bedroom by Jermaine

I heard a bell ringing, like someone was trying over and over to call the maid. The sound seemed to come from all directions.
07/12/09, 9:00AM at the Servant Call Station by Nancy

Not only is the storeroom amazing, but it is haunted. They hide behind all the crates. The look like workman, but they are very shy and don't stay long.
04/15/05, 12:00AM at the $25,000 Storeroom by Stan

I saw an elderly couple dancing. They moved around the dance floor like they owned the ballroom. As soon as the rest of the group entered, they split. The few seconds that I say them were the most excitement I've ever had. It was amazing
12/23/09, 5:00PM at the Grand Ballroom by Jullian

Before the tour, I was sick as a dog (fever, cough, sneezing). My husband had to drag me through the tour. When we got the Sarah's bedroom, I was behind the rest of the group. I felt something tug at my shoulder. When I turned around, there was nothing there, but I heard a woman's voice say, ?you will get soon feel better." A few hours latter, I felt fantastic and I haven't had a cold since.
05/09/05, 10:15AM at the Sarah Winchester Bedroom by Julie S

It was in the Venetian Dinning room, around dinner time on Friday the 13th that I had my first encounter in the Winchester House. As we entered we heard the most beautiful voice singing. It sounded Italian. (it was the Venetian Dinning Room after all). We could not tell where the music was coming from,l but the guide swore that they never played recorded music in the house. My husband and I both thought it was the most romantic and scary experience we have ever had.
05/13/05, 5:15PM at the Venetian Dining Room by Shelley O

I heard strange whispering. I couldn't tell where it was coming from, but it wasn't human. It sounded more like a thousand year old man. Sounded something like: "Go, Go, Go awayyyyyy."
02/04/05, 5:15PM at the Oriental Bedroom

The gardens get spirit visitors. You need to sit very still and wait. If you do, you will not be disappointed. You will see them, the workers from the time that they were building the house.
04/21/09, 5:00PM at the Gardens by Oded

I kept hearing someone whispering and I was the only one in the room. At first, I thought it was a speaker or something, but there weren't any.
01/07/06, 4:15PM at the Daisy Bedroom by Bill R.

This was a Friday the 13th that I will never forget. We were touring the basement and hoping to catch a spirit sighting. We were not disappointed. There were spirits everywhere. It looked like the entire workforce of the house was taking their lunch break. It was amazing. You could see and hear them. When we had to leave they laughed at us. Maybe they thought that no one would believe us.
10/13/06, 12:30PM at the Basement by Joe

Heard footsteps. Thought that someone was following me. Every time I looked back there was no one following me.
01/13/06, 3:30AM at the 13th Bathroom by Melissa

This didn’t happen at the house, but rather when I got home. That night I started having this dream. In the dream I’m at a séance in the Winchester House. The people at the séance are trying to make contact with Sarah Winchester. Sometimes, they hear her voice, other times nothing. I’ve had the dream many times since the visit. Before the visit I would never remember my dreams and never had one about the Winchester House or a séance. It’s like the spirits want me to remember my visit and the house and they found a way to contact me--through my dreams.
11/11/06, 1:00AM at the Other Location by Belinda

They call it the hall of fires, but I was freezing the entire time I was in the room.
06/12/05, 5:15PM at the Hall-of-Fires by Denise

If you stare at the bed, it will look like someone is sleeping in it. Not a person. But something that is nearly weightless. The bedding moves just a little. Someone is resting.
03/28/05, 5:00PM at the Sarah Winchester Bedroom by Molly B.

My girlfriend and I both heard organ music. No one else in our tour did. You have to be willing to listen.
07/15/05, 3:15PM at the Front Parlor by Dave

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