A Very Victorian Thanksgiving

a victorian thanksgiving

Most of us have grown up with the roasted turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and stuffing (jury is still undecided on the cranberry sauce.) But, where do many of these conventional Thanksgiving dinner items come from?

Journey Through the Beautiful & Bizarre Winchester Mystery House

Tours at the Winchester Mystery House

Construction lasted for thirty-eight years on the Winchester Mystery House, one of North America’s most unusual and eccentric homes located in San Jose, California. Through the 160-room labyrinth-style mansion built by Sarah Pardee Winchester, there are many beautiful and extraordinary examples of the Queen-Anne Victorian Style architecture.

Everything Old is New Again

In early January of 2020, the Winchester Mystery House completed an eight-month restoration of one of the oldest rooms in Sarah Winchester’s San Jose mansion. Called the North Dining Room, it’s believed to be the original dining room of the modest farm house that Sarah bought when she moved to San Jose in the mid-1880s, and it forms the nucleus of what eventually became her 160-room “mystery house.”

Axe Throwing – At the Stables

axe throwing coach showing how to throw an axe at the target

Axe Throwing is the hottest new Bay Area trend, and is Now Open at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Come Visit and try for yourself!

Room Restoration Solves Riddle

image of a stained glass window at sarah winchesters beautiful estate

A room restoration at the Winchester Mystery House revealed a 100-year-old secret. Where did Sarah Winchester acquire her stained glass windows? An envelope hidden and preserved in a wall for over a century reveals the answer.

Rumored Hauntings at the Estate


Ahead of the upcoming Friday the 13th Flashlight Tour on December 13th, 2019, where guests will have the opportunity to explore the house at nighttime with nothing but a flashlight, let’s delve into some of these ghostly visitations and the types of hauntings that they may represent.

A Haunted History

a ghostly appearance at the winchester mystery house

Mystery is a well-earned middle name for this San Jose Victorian mansion built by owner Sarah Pardee Winchester to, allegedly, appease spirits—, specifically those who had fallen to the famous Winchester rifle.

A San Jose Fruit Spread

One of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions, the Valley of Heart’s Delight, or the Santa Clara Valley.