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In an interview with TV Guide, King admits that the story was inspired by the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California. He first saw the story of the house in one of the Ripleys Believe it or Not comics when he was a kid and remembered it for years after. According to Believe it or Not, King recalled, Oliver Winchester, who invented the famous repeating rifle that won the west, left a daughter-in-law with a belief in Spiritualism when he went to his reward. At one seance, Sarah Winchester asked the medium, When will I die? .... the medium replied, When your house is done.
ABC filmed the original Stephen King mini-series movie "Rose Red" here at Thornewood Castle.
...Thornewood Castle from location proposals from 30 states and Canada. It matched almost identically all the major characteristics of the house in the Stephen Kingâs script (age, style, size, etc.). (Already kinda spooky, huh?)