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Winchester Mystery House Observes Friday the 13th



    Geoffrey Eisler
    The Winchester Mystery House is seen in this file photo from July 2013.

    In the spirit of Friday the 13th, San Jose’s famous Winchester Mystery House held its annual bell-ringing ceremony. 

    The bell was rung 13 times Friday at 1 p.m. in honor of Sarah Winchester, who was fascinated with the number.
    This year's honorary bell ringers were from the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area, an organization that receives donations from the mansion's fountains.

    As Halloween draws closer, the estate really gets into the season's spooky spirit, with a new mystery maze created from bales of hay.

    Visitors to the house can find many symbols for the number 13 throughout the house, from 13 palm trees to 13 bathrooms.

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    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.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012)

    Even in daylight, touring the house is a creepy experience. In addition to Friday’s ceremonial bell-ringing, the operators of the landmark house/museum are offering Friday the 13th flashlight tours after dark.

    Winchester inherited her husband's fortune, a fortune made by manufacturing firearms and bullets (the Winchester repeating rifle is said to be the gun that "won the West"). She is said to have been told by a mystic that in order to keep the spirits of people killed by the guns quiet, she'd have to keep her house under continuous construction. So she did, up until the day she died.

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