Wednesday, June 19, 2013

38 Years of Construction to Appease Ghosts


The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known mansion in Northern California. It was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, inventor of the famous Winchester Rifle. 

The property was continuously under construction for 38 years and is allegedly haunted. Under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, its "from-the-ground-up" construction proceeded around the clock, without interruption, from 1884 until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased. The cost for such constant building has been estimated at about US $5.5 million which in 1922, would have been the equivalent of $75 million by today's standards.

The Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size and utter lack of any master building plan. It is popular belief that Ms Winchester considered the house to be possessed by those who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles and that only continuous construction, would appease the ghosts that still supposedly haunt it. 

Reference: Wikipedia.org  

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