Thursday, June 9, 2016

Winchester Mansion

A couple of different friends of ours independently recommended that we go tour the Winchester Mansion while we were in California.  So, it seemed like a thing worth checking out.




First, we toured the gift shop.  Because the gift shop is where you buy tickets for all of the tours.


Connor liked these emojii pillows and backpacks.  His favorite emojii is the poop.  I don't know why.  I think it's a boy thing.


Next, we toured the Winchester gun museum.



My favorite gun (there's something I never thought I would have a favorite of) was the Lone Star Commemorative gun that had this beautiful medallion in the handle.



Finally, after all this, plus a stop at the snack bar, it was time for our tour of the house.  After Mr. Winchester died, his widow went to a seance to try to contact him.  She was big into seances, apparently.  And the psychic told her that she was going to be haunted by the ghosts of every person ever killed by a Winchester gun, unless she bought an unfinished house, and never stopped construction.

So, Mrs. Winchester took her very large gun fortune and bought an unfinished eight room farm house, and began construction on it that would not end until her death.  And it must have worked, because she lived to be pretty old.  The house now has more than 100 rooms, and since construction was ongoing, it's like a maze, with windows that don't look at anything, staircases that lead nowhere and all sorts of crazy things.  It was fantastic to tour.

But, we weren't allowed to take any photos of the inside of the house.  So, you'll just have to check it out yourself.  I recommend it, along with my friends.

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