“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Winchester Mystery House

100 Years of Mystery!


—1884 - 1984 —

Winchester Mystery House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 17, 2012
1. Winchester Mystery House Marker
Inscription. One hundred years have passed since Sarah L. Winchester first arrived in the Santa Clara Valley with nearly $20,000,000 and began quietly adding rooms to a small country farm house, then three miles west of San Jose. Ten years have passed since the massive restoration of the Winchester House and Gardens commenced as a tribute to America’s and San Jose’s Bicentennials.

Today the Winchester Estate is once again the showplace of the valley! Although the “Lady of Mystery” was called from her earthly home in 1922, we believe these events have permitted Sarah L. Winchester, in her own way, to achieve a unique kind of eternal live.
Erected 1984 by Winchester Mystery House and Montain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 19.117′ N, 121° 57.049′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on South Winchester Boulevard near Olsen Drive. Click for map. This marker is next to the admissions gate of the Winchester Mystery House, off of Olsen Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose CA 95117, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Winchester Mystery House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 17, 2012
2. Winchester Mystery House Marker
The marker is to the left of the ticket booth.
other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Winchester Mystery House (here, next to this marker); Winchester House (a few steps from this marker); Captain Harry Love (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rev. Isaac Owen (approx. 1.2 miles away); “Eberhard” (approx. 1.2 miles away); California Wesleyan College (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Berryessa Adobe (approx. 1.6 miles away); Harris/Lass House (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . .
1. Sarah Winchester - Woman of Mystery. It is easy to imagine how the combined grief of losing both a child and a spouse could be very crippling. But if you had $20,000,000 and all the time in the world to help you cope, can you imagine what you would do? (Submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House. In 1862, Sarah married William Wirt Winchester, son of Oliver Fisher Winchester, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and manufacturer of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. The couple’s life together was happy, and they enjoyed the best of New England society. However, in 1866, their young daughter, Annie developed a childhood disease (marasmus) and died. Sarah never fully recovered. (Submitted on April 24, 2012.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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