Exit Strategy

The seance room contains the only real 'secret passage' in the house.
This closet door opens to reveal an exit, but no handle on the other side of the door.

Visitor James Luckett posted a link to his website in the user comments yesterday, and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone. His page features a collection of promotional postcards the Winchester Mystery House used to sell. I own one or two of them, but not the whole set. I've seen them dated from the 1940's before, but some of the photos date from before 1906. Check them out here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell me who inherited the house after Mrs. Winchester's death and who owns it today? Thanks.

Great Site.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Oddly enough, Mrs. Winchester didn't mention the house in her will. The house was appraised as being basically worthless, and it was auctioned at probate. T.S. Barnett, a local businessman, put in the highest bid of $135,000. He opened up the house for tours in February of 1923.

The house is owned today by the Winchester Mystery House Corporation, and Barnett's descendants are on the board of this corporation.

Interestingly, when you become a tour guide you are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement regardging the names of these board members. It's a poorly kept secret though, and they occassionally show up in the local newpaper.

8:41 AM  

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