SAN JOSE, Ca. — It’s been boarded up since 1922.
But now, a hidden room in a so-called haunted mansion in California is being seen for the first time since.
The Winchester Mystery House has secret passage ways, twisting hallways to nowhere, false doors and a séance room. It has 160 rooms in all, and is known as the “world’s strangest home.”
The caretakers at the mansion have heard footsteps and breathing, and some have reported being victims of pranks.
It was built in the 1800s by Sarah Winchester, the widow of the Winchester rifle fortune.
ABC 7 reports that the preservation team for the home recently opened the new room, which is an attic space. Winchester reportedly boarded up that room after being trapped there during an earthquake in 1906. She thought evil spirits were responsible for the earthquake.
The team found a pump organ, a Victorian couch, sewing machines and paintings in the room.