Tuesday

That's the Spirit

Officially, there is only one ghost in the mansion. A phantom worker has been
reported by several guests and tour guides over the years. He stands at the end
of this basement corridor with a wheelbarrow.

5 Comments:

Blogger Hippy Mama said...

Has anyone other than Ms. Winchester died on the premises? and has the ghost "worker" been identified?

Thanks so much for posting this. It is fascinating though, sad.

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I insane or can I REALLY see the shape of a person at the end of the hall?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

The ghost worker isn't really identified by name, but several witnesses indicated that it looked like one of the men in a photograph of the Winchester carpenters.

I don't know of any deaths other than Mrs. Winchester's, but the estate was a farm and construction site so it's likely there were more.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

You said "Officially"...what are the rumours amongst the employees?

This is a great site. I went to the Winchester House when I was 12, and I've always wanted to go back. That poor sad woman left a fascinating legacy. Thanks for posting all of this.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Allison- there are lots of stories that get passed around (weird noises, feelings, lights turning on and off). These stories aren't part of the tour because they aren't well substantiated, and the tour aims to concentrate on historical and architectural details. However, if you take one of the flashlight tours at Halloween you'll hear a few good ones.

The reason this is an "official" ghost story is that it was reported by several guides and a guest. It's only told on the extra 'behind the scenes' tour that goes into the basement.

For what its worth, I've been alone in the house many times (once in the middle of the night), and never experienced anything unexplainable. I'd prefer to think that Mrs. Winchester found peace in the afterlife.

9:26 PM  

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