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In the late 1800’s, Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, was the wealthiest woman in America. Beset by misfortune and ill health, she moved from Connecticut to the California frontier, where she set out to build a 160 room mansion full of twists, turns and dead ends. We now know this as the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.
Sarah is rumored to have been haunted by the ghosts of those who were killed by the rifle that won the west. Her seemingly unexplainable house is said to be due to her insanity, and her beliefs in spiritualism. Even today, the house is said to be haunted.
But was Sarah really crazy? Or are there reasons for her labyrinth that we find difficult and inconvenient to understand even today?
A Note From the Author
I first visited the Winchester Mystery House in 1996 while on a business trip. As a new mother, with a new job promotion, I had long journey ahead of me. But from that first visit, I was hooked.
Two decades and five visits later, and I’ve finally found the story I want to tell. The story that turns Sarah into a living person, with dreams, heartbreak, and an unexpected legacy that has lived long beyond her mortal years.
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The Lost Legacy of Sarah Winchester
Not everyone leaves behind a legacy.
Some unfortunate people are forgotten as soon as their casket is covered with earth. Others are remembered for only as long as the lives of those who knew them. In fact, most people live their lives, and die, leaving little remarkable in their wake.
There are, of course, those who spend a lifetime trying to craft a very specific legacy – a child to carry on a name, great works of charity, a political career, inventions, innovations, works of art, or even a company that lives beyond a mortal time span. Those who have been important, or notorious, have histories recorded in books and passed down through time.
But like so much in life, how people choose to remember you, the legacy that outlives you and all those who knew you, is often something you never intended to share with the world. The legacy you strove for is lost to time, and you are left with a symbol of something you never were.
My legacy has been defined by a house – a house overbuilt and mysterious that, in the end, I never meant to leave standing.
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