The Winchester Mystery House Hits the Big Screen
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A firearms exhibit on the grounds traces the history of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.Winchester inherited a nearly 50 percent stake in the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., maker of the so-called Gun That Won the West. By the turn of the 20th century, her fortune was estimated to be $20 million. In 1886, according to county records, she bought a two-story farmhouse on 45 acres for $12,570 and embarked on an expansion so that she could better accommodate her relatives. Before long, her sisters were settled elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, but by then, Winchester was hooked on her house project.