Wish Granted: Michigan Veteran, A Winchester Rifle Enthusiast, Tours San Jose's Mystery House

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Monday, Nov 11, 2013  |  Updated 4:41 PM PDT
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Offered the chance to visit anywhere in the country by the group Wish of a Lifetime, Peter Watson chose Sarah Winchester's famous mansion, which was financed by the rifles her husband manufactured.

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Square Feet: Tour the Winchester Mystery House

We visit the famous Winchester Mystery House, a national and historical landmark in San Jose, Ca where we'll see the beautiful Victorian style architecture of this unique but bizarre estate and also get a peek at a few spaces not usually seen by the general public. Building began in 1902 by Sarah Winchester, an heiress and widow of the Winchester Rifle fortune. Sarah believed she was being haunted by spirits (especially those killed by the Winchester Rifle) and so continued to build and build on the home in order to confuse those spirits. Though filled with superstitious and eccentric design elements, the home features beautiful craftsmanship. For more information on the property, visit the website.

This episode of Open House was hosted from 34 Greene St., New York, NY. For more information on this property, please contact Melanie Lazenby of Prudential Douglas Elliman at 212-727-6131.

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Hundreds of thousands of people visit San Jose's Winchester Mystery House each year, and most come to see the strange and quirky architecture, but not a certain Michigan man.

Peter Watson came to see the Winchester rifles on display.

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Offered the chance to visit anywhere in the country by the group Wish of a Lifetime, this Michigan veteran chose Sarah Winchester's famous mansion, which was financed by the rifles her husband manufactured.

Watson is a devoted Winchester fan and knows each model.

"Oh I do, yes, I've seen it all, fired 'em all,” Watson said. “I've been doing it since I was 14, and I'm the back side of 80 right now."

Watson couldn’t get enough of his favorite subject: When he got tired of touring the gun room in his walker, he made relatives pushed him in a wheelchair.

Wish of a Lifetime was formed to enrich the lives of seniors, especially veterans.

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