WINCHESTER HOUSE

It’s as if original owner Sarah Winchester wanted her home to be haunted.

The eccentric widow of William Winchester, founder of Winchester rifles, held nightly séances to gain guidance from spirits and her dead husband for the home’s design.

The end result? A maze-like structure that took 38 years to build and includes twisting and turning hallways, dead ends, secret panels, a window built into a floor, staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open to walls, upside-down columns and rooms built, then intentionally closed off  — all to ward off and confuse evil spirits.

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