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Never-Before-Seen Photo of Winchester Mystery House Discovered



    Never-Before-Seen Photo of Winchester Mystery House Found

    A never-before-seen photo of the South Bay’s famous Winchester Mystery House has been discovered.

    (Published Friday, March 23, 2018)

    A never-before-seen photo of the famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, has been discovered.

    The photo was found by a Winchester Mystery House employee in a local archive showing the home with similar features of home's foundation today. 

    The house first started as an eight-room unfinished farmhouse and has been continuously built on by Sarah Winchester’s carpenters for 38 years.

    One of the other exciting things about the discovery is it’s only the second-ever photo showing Sarah Winchester at her San Jose mansion.


    Our historian made an exciting find in the History San Jose archives: a photograph of a Victorian farmhouse that looks quite a bit like the foundation of our 160-room mansion! There are many recognizable features in the design of this home that are uncannily similar to those of the front of the Winchester Mystery House. What makes this even more compelling are the two women in this picture: a younger woman on a horse and an older woman seated on the bench in the lower left of the photo. It's quite possible they are Mrs. Winchester on the bench and her favorite niece Marion on the horse - making this the 2nd known photo of Mrs. Winchester on her estate! Could that be Mrs. Winchester? Let us know your thoughts below!

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