The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in Northern California built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of the gun magnate. According to legend, a medium in Boston told her to go to the West and "never stop building" the house - for she would live forever if she continued to build it, but die if she stopped. According to other accounts, continuing to build it would also prevent ghosts from inhabiting it. As a result, the mansion gradually increased to a truly vast size, with more than 160 rooms (40 of them bedrooms). Construction began in 1884 and ended immediately with her death, on September 5, 1922.
Game and Story Use
- This house makes for a great template for "strange dwelling place of an eccentric millionaire".