Back when I was just a grub, one of my first big assignments for Dread Central was a dream job: Assemble a crew of paranormal investigators and attempt to contact spirits in the most haunted mansion in America: The Winchester Mystery House. And did I mention our activities took place after hours, in the dead of night, in areas of the mansion that aren’t accessible to the public? Yeah, it was awesome. Check out some footage below.
Those in the proximity of San Jose will have the opportunity to get at least a taste of what my team and I experience when The Winchester Mystery House opens its doors for a spooky, Mother’s Day brunch on May 12th beginning at 11 am. Tickets are on sale now!
Here’s the full scoop from today’s press release:
“The Winchester Mystery House announced today that its annual Mother’s Day Brunch will return on Sunday, May 12th at 11 am. Tickets ($99 for adults; $19 for children ages 4–12; free for children 3 and under) include brunch, bottomless mimosas for guests ages 21+, and a tour of the mansion and are available online now at winchestermysteryhouse.com/buy-tickets/.
“The brunch will take place on the estate’s beautiful Victorian Gardens, a picturesque setting filled with Cherry Laurels, boxwood hedges, hundreds of flowers, and mythological statues. The menu features assorted breakfast pastries, fresh seasonal fruit, a baby potato medley hash with wild arugula, roasted asparagus, leek, and goat cheese frittata, a waffle bar, and more. After brunch, guests will enjoy the 65-minute Mansion Tour, which provides access to 110 of the 160 rooms of Sarah Winchester’s stately home, as well as an in-depth guide to the bizarre attributes that give the mansion its name.”
About the Winchester Mystery House:
For nearly 100 years the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, has stood as a testament to the ingenuity, singular vision and lore that surrounds its namesake, Sarah Pardee Winchester (heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune). Originally known as Llanada Villa, today it stands as an architectural wonder, a time capsule of a bygone era and one of America’s most celebrated haunted mansions. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a California Historic State Landmark, a San Jose City Landmark, and is one of the leading attractions in the Bay Area. Since tours began in 1923, more than 13 million people from around the world have toured the lonely hallways, dark passages and ornate rooms of the Winchester Mystery House. It has intrigued visitors, scholars, and media from throughout the United States, and around the globe, with its combination of the beautiful and the bizarre, its story of heartbreak, tenacity and invention and its legends of the paranormal. Tours are available daily, 364 days a year. For tickets and additional information, visit www.winchestermysteryhouse.com.
Have you ever been to the Winchester Mystery House? Do you think your mom would enjoy spending Mother’s Day at the estate, or are you a mother with a taste for the spooky and macabre? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!