- The Winchester mansion in San Jose is a labyrinth, filled with staircases that lead to nowhere and doors that open into walls.
- It has 160 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, and 47 fireplaces. There are a whopping 10,000 windows and 2,000 doors.
- Many believe Sarah Winchester built the home in the 1800s to confuse and trap evil spirits that haunted her, but historian Janan Boehme said the 38-year renovation was just Winchester’s passion project.
- Winchester was interested in stained-glass windows and the number 13 — both of which can be seen throughout the house.
- Many people say they have seen or heard ghosts while visiting and touring the Winchester mansion.
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Across America, there are haunted places that have been scaring people for decades. The Winchester mansion in San Jose, California, is one such place, as it’s shrouded in mystery.
The bizarre, massive mansion is built like a labyrinth, and features winding staircases that lead to nowhere and doorways that lead to walls. While the 24,000 square-foot house is a character in and of itself, there’s another interesting character in this story: Sarah Winchester, the woman behind the odd construction. Her story and the house’s history are intertwined to create a mystery no one can seem to solve.
Insider spoke with the home’s historian, Janan Boehme, to learn more about the Winchester’s controversial history and to find out if the home really is haunted.