Both beautiful and baffling, the legendary Winchester Mystery House is a 160-room mansion in San Jose, California replete with oddities like trap doors, staircases that lead to nowhere and shallow cabinets. This Queen Anne Revival estate is as fascinating for design lovers who are in awe of the stained glass windows and elaborate details on utilitarian objects like door hinges as it is for those lured in by the famed ghost stories. According to lore, Sarah Pardee Winchester—the heiress of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester—constructed the 24,000 square-foot labyrinth to thwart spirits. A central storyline is that she was haunted by the ghosts of those killed by rifles.
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