Sarah Winchester and her Mysterious House

Sarah Winchester in her horse-drawn carriage

Image: Sarah Winchester in her horse-drawn carriage. Photo from the California Room Digital Files.

Local History Hits the Big Screen

Local historical figure Sarah Winchester and her house, the Winchester Mystery House, are about to become more popular after the release of a film titled "Winchester" on February 8, 2018. Actress Helen Mirren will play Sarah Winchester. The film is a thriller focusing on the story that Sarah believed she was being haunted by spirits, and she continually added on rooms to her house to try to evade them.

Sarah was a very private woman which has made her life a bit of a mystery, just like her house. If you have ever wanted to know more about her or her house, look no further; San Jose Public Library has plenty of resources for you to use. See a complete list of the resources available on Sarah Winchester.

Book Cover: Captive of the Labyrinth; Sarah L Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle FortuneBook Cover: The Inscrutable Mrs. Winchester and Her Mysterious MansionDVD Cover: California Dreamers: The Winchester Mystery House and Scotty's CastleBook Cover: The Possesion of Sarah Winchester

Further Reading

There are also numerous papers and books about Sarah's life that are available to read in the California Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, as well as photos of her and her estate.

Sarah Winchester's house before the 1906 Earthquake
Image: The Winchester Mystery House before the 1906 Earthquake. Photo from the California Room Digital Files.

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