On Sunday, DH and I went to San Jose, CA to see the Winchester Mystery House. It's an amazing place. It was owned by Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester Rifle fortune.
Well, it seems Sarah was more than a little eccentric, and was told by a fortune teller that the spirits of all the people (and Indians) killed by Winchester Rifles were going to harm her. But - here comes the house - if she kept building and remodeling her house, she would be safe from harm by the spirits.
So - for 40 odd (very odd) years, she worked on this house, adding room after room, in maze-like fashion. Sometimes the builders just built a room, tore it down, and then built another... The house had 140 rooms at the time of her death, with 6 kitchens... and lots of oddities - doors that open to nowhere - stairs that simply go to the ceiling and stop -
It is a beautiful estate, and the house has some wonderful Tiffany windows and beautiful woodwork.
A testament to a tortured soul.