For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Winchester Mystery House celebrates Friday the 13th

Friday, Feb 13, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose will hold its traditional bell ringing ceremony to celebrate Friday the 13th.

San Jose City Councilmember Peter Constant will be the honorary bell ringer.  Evening flashlight tours of the historic house will then take place from 6:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Saturday, event organizers said.

It is believed that Sarah Winchester, who lived in the house, thought she would never die as long as construction was taking place on her mansion, according to event organizers.

She also had a passion for the number 13. Throughout the mansion various types of symbols for the number 13 can be found, from 13 palm trees to 13 bathrooms.

The mansion, which extends over for and a half acres, is famous for having stairs that lead nowhere, rooms built within rooms and windows that look out onto empty walls, event organizers said.

The house is located at 525 S. Winchester Blvd. Tickets for the evening tours are $45.

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