I'd already been to the WMH 2 times prior to my Christmas visit this year (2012). Once in the late 1950s, when it was physically dangerous to walk through, and had few working lights and broken floors to make it mysterious, once in the 1980s when our tour guide's spiel was spoken in a monotone and the house was painted but soooo dull. I reluctantly toured it this Christmas with my out of town guests (I live in San Jose area.) WHAT a difference. The house is now clean, and many of the rooms are furnished with actual antiques from local San Jose prominent families. The tours go into FAR more rooms (even without taking the basement tour) and there is access to storage rooms showing what extravagant items Sarah bought that were never yet installed. Best of the changes was our tour guide, Todd or Kevin. He actually showed interest in her history, her house, and his well informed enthusiasm sparked interest in his tour group. The Christmas trees set up in many of the living and bedrooms were also pretty as each reflected the room it was in; they and the plants made it easier to visualize how someone could live in the house. The tour was about 60-80 min. long, longer than I'd expected from my other lame visits. And it was well worth the cost. Just be sure that the family uses the restrooms past the gift store and soda diner (like a good Crackerbarrel store and where you buy your tickets and wait to go in), right next to the free Firearms Museum - which was very interesting, especially for my husband. We went so far as to buy the photo of us with the WMH backdrop as a souvenir. So as an afternoon fun excursion, it was successful. I may even return for the basement tour.
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