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West Valley in San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Winchester House

 
 
Winchester House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 24, 2006
1. Winchester House Marker
Inscription.  Built by Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle manufacturer William Winchester, this unique structure includes many outstanding elements of Victorian architecture and fine craftsmanship. Construction began in 1884 and continued without interruption until Mrs. Winchester’s death in 1922. The continual building and remodeling created a 160-room house covering an area of six acres.
 
Erected 1974 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Winchester Mystery House Inc. (Marker Number 868.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 37° 19.122′ N, 121° 57.046′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. It is in West Valley. Marker can be reached from South Winchester Boulevard south of Olsen Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Plaque is located at the entrance to the visitors
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center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose CA 95128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winchester Mystery House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Winchester Mystery 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); Saint Matthew (approx. 1½ miles away); Saint John (approx. 1½ miles away); Saint Mark (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Regarding Winchester House. Sarah Winchester believed she was creating a place for those killed by Winchester rifles to rest. Sarah had carpenters working on the house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for as long as she lived. The mansion and grounds are open to the public year round.
 
Additional keywords. Winchester Mystery House
 
Winchester House Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 26, 2021
2. Winchester House Markers
National Register of Historic Places, and San Jose Historic Landmark No. 101.
Winchester House Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 26, 2021
3. Winchester House Markers
Winchester House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 26, 2021
4. Winchester House
Courtyard & Bell Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 24, 2006
5. Courtyard & Bell Tower
The bell in the bell tower was rung to call in workers in the orchards at the end of the day. Today it is rung at 1:00 p.m. each month in which a Friday falls on the 13th of that month & on Halloween of each year. Often, area celebrities are given the honor of coming to the mansion and ringing the bell.
Vintage Postcard - Winchester Mystery House image. Click for full size.
Stanley L. Piltz Co. SF, Ca - Distr. by San Jose Chamber of Commerce
6. Vintage Postcard - Winchester Mystery House
Description on Postcard: The Winchester Mystery House on Winchester Road, near San Jose, California. The three million dollar Wonder House, built as the spirits directed, by the late Sarah L. Winchester (of Winchester Rifle fame). Many rooms were built for departed spirits.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 3,682 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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