#0868 Winchester House


#0868 Winchester House

Site information:

525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose

Plaque and site can be viewed from outside.  Tours available of the home.


Plaque information:

State and private plaque

State plaque text:

Winchester House

Built by Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle manufacturer William Winchester, this unique structure includes many outstanding elements of Victorian architecture and fine craftsmanship. Construction began in 1884 and continued without interruption until Mrs. Winchester’s death in 1922. The continual building and remodeling created a 160-room house covering an area of six acres.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Winchester Mystery House Inc. May 13, 1974.

Private plaque text:

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester, heiress to Winchester Rifle fortune, from 1884 until her death in 1922.

Mrs. Winchester was convinced by an occultist that the lives of her husband and daughter had been taken by the spirits of those killed by “The Gun that Won the West” and that she too would share their fate unless she would begin building a mansion for the spirits on which work would never stop nor be completed. She was promised life for as long as she kept building.

So, with $1,000 a day royalties from the Winchester Rifle fortune, the sounds of the carpenters’ tools could be heard 24 hours a day for almost 38 years as the diminutive lady built to live. And here is what was created.

Dedicated Friday the 13th, May 1983, by Winchester Mystery House and Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus "Right Wrongs Nobody"

Registered 1/11/1974