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The Winchester Mystery House

24,000 square feet, 160 rooms, 38 years of construction, and who knows how many restless spirits — it’s the Winchester Mystery House!  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about this place.  The House is located in San Jose, CA and it’s truly bizarre.  Two of my dearest friends told me about the Winchester House back in 2008, and when my husband and I spent our honeymoon in San Francisco we decided we had to try and go check it out. There are many different versions, but the basic story goes that in after the death of…

Obscura Day and Atlas Obscura

Obscura Day 2012

  Happy Friday the 13th everyone!  What a perfectly spooky setting for a post about Obscura Day, “an international celebration of unusual places” coming up on April 28th. Obscura Day is presented by Atlas Obscura, an online atlas of strange and unusual places around the world.  The website covers a wide range of places, from museums of the weird, natural phenomena, famously creepy cemeteries, abandoned prisons, haunted historical landmarks, and more. Participants of Obscura Day are encouraged to seek out these places and enjoy them, independently or through one of the many events organized in celebration of the day.  Events range from historical…

The Time I Stumbled Upon Britannia Manor Part II

This is Part II of the story, catch up with Part I here! We turned down the road that passes right by the construction site for Mark III, though it was hard to see much in the dark.  When we reached the intersection where I had turned around and left during my previous visit, we now found a man in a neon security vest with a flashlight.  We rolled down our window and he asked us what event we were there for.  That seemed like a weird question at the time (what else would we be there for?), so we…

The Time I Stumbled Upon Britannia Manor Part I

Sometimes the most interesting discoveries are waiting for you, right under your nose.  All you have to do is look for them.  This is the story of one of those discoveries. When I was living in Austin in 2010, my daily commute to work took me down a busy highway deemed “one of the most scenic urban drives in central Texas.”  The road winds through massive hills where the rock has been dramatically cut back to accommodate the highway, passes over Lake Austin and through Barton Springs, and provides such breathtaking views that the drive to and from work was often one of my…

Room for Rent in Historical Clarke Mansion

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  As a mystery fan, I have a strong affinity for old buildings and houses (and the secrets they might keep), so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon an amazing Craigslist ad the other day for an apartment in the historical Clarke Mansion in The Castro in San Francisco.  I wasn’t familiar with the mansion when I read the listing, so what caught my eye instead was the following line in the ad’s description:  “The most unique part of the apartment is the circular bedroom, which is actually in a turret and is reached by a spiral staircase.”  A bedroom…