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 Winchesterâ€™s World Famous Victorian mansion.
I heard another tour pass by, being very noisy. I was curious, so I glanced down the hall and there wasn't any group. I could hear them, but I couldn't see them. I thought maybe they were in another hallway, but it seemed as though they were right in the room with us.
11/01/07, 2:30AM at the Seance Room by Cindy G.
I saw a horse rustling around, but I couldn't hear it. It was like watching a silent movie. This horse was agitated and visibly so, but it wasn't making any noise. It had me a bit dazed for the rest of the tour.
09/01/08, 2:15AM at the Carriage Entrance by James L.
We were not the tour where this happened but we heard the tour before ours on of the cabinets in Sarah's seance room opened by itself. Someone screamed that carried through the entire house which is how we learned of the disturbance. We asked a woman who was on the tour what had happened. She said the cabinet opened slowly to reveal the 13 hooks that held the robes Sarah used for her seance. Needless to say they rushed through the rest of the tour.
01/21/08, 4:15PM at the Seance Room by Rex L.
On our tour on December 24, 2003 we witnessed a woman's face appear in one of the Tiffany glass jeweled windows. I am not a religious person who believes in God or the afterlife but I know what I saw and I will never come back again.
11/24/06, 10:00AM at the $25,000 Storeroom by GannonLee
Claire, our tour guide, stopped our tour when we heard the sound of hammering coming from above the ballroom. She left us for about 5 minutes as she called security on a nearby phone in the house. While she never mentioned that anything was ever wrong, she did say that the room above the ballroom was off limits to all workers and guests of the mansion.
Draw your own conclusions but it was loud and constant.
10/12/08, 10:00AM at the Grand Ballroom by BeccaJay125
I didn’t see any spirits, but I heard them. They sounded like they were suffering.
12/20/08, 3:15AM at the North Conservatory
During the tour I was trying to text one of my buddies. For no reason my phone kept shutting off. As soon as I got out of the house it worked perfectly. I figure that maybe some spirit didn’t want me to miss any part of the tour.
02/20/08, 3:15AM at the Sarah Winchester Bedroom
When I returned home from my visit to the WMH I had many dreams of ghosts dancing in the ballroom. I don’t know exactly what this means, but I plan on returning next year to find out.
04/11/09, 6:30PM at the Grand Ballroom
After visiting the WMH I am a believer that spirits exist.
03/11/09, 3:15AM at the Grand Ballroom
The best time to visit the Winchester Mystery House is Halloween. It’s an experience that you will never forget.
01/18/09, 3:15AM at the Hall-of-Fires
Stairways that go nowhere are places that spirits like to hide. I’ve heard them many times.
02/18/09, 3:15AM at the 13th Bathroom
I’ve been to most of the “haunted houses” in the United States and the Winchester Mystery House has the most inhabitants from the spirit world. I plan on visiting again.
06/20/09, 3:15AM at the $25,000 Storeroom
The ballroom is the best place to catch a glimpse of a spirit.
05/20/08, 3:15AM at the $25,000 Storeroom
You want to come in touch with beings from the afterworld, than you must visit on a Friday the 13th.
04/20/08, 3:15AM at the $25,000 Storeroom
When I was young girl, I had a pony that I loved. He died a long time ago. I swear that when I entered the stable at the Winchester Mystery House I felt the spirit of my long-gone horse. It was an experience that I will never forget.
12/20/08, 3:15AM at the $25,000 Storeroom
During the Behind The Scenes Tour we were taken down into one of the basements. I’ve heard from many that you can sense the spirits of the men who built the house. Now that there is no longer any construction going on, they have nothing to do, but wait for tourists to come by. And when you do, they let you know. You can’t always seem them, but you can always feel them.
11/20/08, 3:15AM at the Hall-of-Fires
I highly recommend one of the special night tours. When all you have is a flashlight and the moon to light the way you can you use your other senses more. You can feel every being that has wandered through the halls of The Winchester House. Every minute of the tour I felt as if I was being observed by something.
03/20/08, 3:15AM at the Bradley Bedroom
Every time that I visit the house, I feel, or see something different. Sometimes it’s a chill down my back, other times a strange reflection in a mirror or I hear a muted voice when no one is around.
09/20/08, 3:15AM at the Morning Room
I don’t believe that the house is haunted in the traditional sense. I think that spirits visit the house, because Sarah Winchester was receptive to this. I think the spirits don’t want to harm, they have things to communicate. We need to learn how to listen.
08/20/08, 3:15AM at the $25,000 Storeroom
Can you explain how it can be pouring rain less than ¼ mile from the house, and perfectly sunny directly over the house?
07/20/08, 3:15AM at the Hall-of-Fires
Everyone in my hometown of Bakersfield says that the house is haunted by friendly ghosts. I am the only one that has not seen or felt anything. Yet, I return every year, just in case. I just can’t help myself.
09/20/07, 3:15AM at the 13th Bathroom
My friends dared me to keep my eyes closed during the tour of The Winchester Mystery House. During the time I felt like something was gently guiding me from room to room. I have never experienced anything like this before, or anything like it since.
09/11/07, 3:15AM at the Servant Call Station
When I walked past the stairs that go no where I heard a whisper: “No exit, no exit, no exit.”
08/09/07, 3:15AM at the Linen Room
My family entered the dinning room. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When we left, I told them that I had the strangest experience. I said that I smelled the most delicious dinner ever: Pot roast, potatoes, fresh vegetables, and the distinct smell of home made apple pie. The rest of my family reported the same phenomenon. We thought that maybe the spirits wanted to remember dinners past.
07/05/09, 3:15AM at the Hayloft/Attic
I’ve always heard that there were ghosts in the Winchester House, but I never thought that there was any spirits outside. I was alone in the garden for just a minute, when I heard classical music that seemed to come from no where. Suddenly the music stopped. Where did it come from?
07/04/07, 3:15AM at the Seance Room