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

Winchester House

 
 
State Historic Landmark 868 image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 24, 2006
1. State Historic Landmark 868
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. Winchesterís 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.)
 
Location. 37° 19.122′ N, 121° 57.046′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from South Winchester Boulevard south of Olsen Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Plaque is located at the entrance to the visitors center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose CA 95128, United States of America.
 
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
Sarah Winchester Mansion (front of estate) image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 24, 2006
2. Sarah Winchester Mansion (front of estate)
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. She had a fascination for the number 13. Windows had 13 panes of glass, and she had the ornate brass chandelier in the dining room modified with a place for a 13th lamp. The mansion and grounds are open to the public year round.
(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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Additional keywords. Winchester Mystery House
 
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Winchester Mansion Courtyard & Bell Tower image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, October 24, 2006
3. Winchester Mansion Courtyard & Bell Tower
The bell in the bell tower was rung to call in worker in Mrs. Winchesters orchards and fields at the end of the day. Today it is rung at 1:00p.m. (13:00 hours) 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
4. 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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 3,276 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on September 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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