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Patterson House
28030 Patterson Ave
Winchester Center, CA 92545

County: Riverside
GPS: 33.7360740, -117.0205594

In the shadows of the sleepy country town of Winchester, California lays the Patterson House, which is the oldest standing building in the town (though it is technically in Hemet). The Patterson House was built Winchester pioneer John Patterson over the ruins of an adobe home that was once the headquarters for a Mexican rancho before the Mexican War. The Patterson House is now (or once was) a museum and visitors have claimed to experience poltergeist activities including phantom knocking, doors opening, and objects moving. Many claim it is the spirit of Lloyd Patterson who died  as a young man in the house from Tuberculosis in the early 1900s.

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Last updated on : 6/11/2009

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 40433     9/30/2009 7:39:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 9/30/2009 7:34:31 AM  
i lived in winchester for over 17 yrs, i am putting together a over night stay for after the first of the yr, i will load pics of the place soon.. anyone interested in going on the over nighter?? leave me a message :)

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 40434     9/30/2009 7:59:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 9/30/2009 7:34:31 AM  
heading to the patterson house this weekend to get some caps during the day so you have an idea of the place...maybe even catch "Tilla".. if you want some info on the place google patterson house winchester calif.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 68355     3/21/2011 9:13:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 3/21/2011 9:09:42 AM  
The location of this house is NOT technically in Hemet!  Hemet's reach toward Winchester ends at California Ave hence the house  IS in Winchester.  Given the fact it is less than 2 miles from the center of town, it really is dumb when people call the part of Winchester Hemet when in fact it is not.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72626     7/28/2011 11:54:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
Eric harelson

Last Seen: 8/13/2011 8:49:11 AM  
Hemet Paranormal Research Society did an investigation there July 9th 2011. Good site to investigate. More then one spirit roams the grounds there. The whole group had personal stories to tell. We got EVP's and a piece of video. Lots of unexplained noises too. Call for a meeting with caretaker. Local law patrols area regular, as well as people on all sides of house. This is the oldest house in the area so the community watches it closely. Hunt wisely!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 76475 ReplyTo# 72626     2/17/2012 12:51:00 PM     Edit          

Yo, that's what's up truhftully.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72789     8/5/2011 7:23:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
Eric harelson

Last Seen: 8/13/2011 8:49:11 AM  
How do you down load EVP's and video?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72794     8/5/2011 2:20:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

OK folks lets set some facts straight.
 I, Gregg Cowdery am the curator for the Patterson House Museum since 1995. The house did indeed sit inside the Hemet "postal zone" at one time but now is in the Winchester (92596) postal zone.
The house is NOT the oldest standing building in the community. The Methodist Church and its parsonage predate it. The Patterson House was built in 1891 behind the original adobe that was used for many years after the new house was built. So much for the ruins idea posted above.
Winchester and area around it was "NEVER" a part of any rancho as far as we know  of based on maps we have seen.
Lastly Lloyd did "NOT" die in the house but passed away in his sleep in an out building behind the house.
If you wish any additional information feel free to contact me at winchestermuseum@earthlink.net

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72803     8/6/2011 6:00:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
Eric harelson

Last Seen: 8/13/2011 8:49:11 AM  
(One of) got skipped when I added the oldest, should have been one of the oldest houses in Winchester. I didn't add the mane story at the top of the page, sorry Greg. Hemet Paranormal. 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 73089     8/20/2011 6:50:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
Eric harelson

Last Seen: 8/13/2011 8:49:11 AM  
Some members From Hemet Valley Paranormal will be a part of a paranormal documentary. We will be starting it here. The place does have activity. We gave Greg a cd with some of our findings and we need to give him 1 more. Thank you Greg and the Winchester Hisorical Society of Pleasant Valley.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 78104     5/29/2012 8:29:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
Ghosthunter Man

Last Seen: 5/29/2012 7:44:16 AM  
There will be no documentary here and Hemet Paranormal is no longer a group. Paradigm Paranormal is now doing Ghost Hunting tours here and Don't Run Paranormal does investigations here once a month. We also go and help the Curator keep the property cleaned up.I am the founder of Don't Run Paranormal and I will also be helping Paradigm Paranormal lead some of the Ghost tours here as well. Find both groups on Facebook for videos and info on tours. Day or night tours are avalible. Thank you!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 88478     4/28/2016 8:55:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I am a decedent of the Patterson's.  I was at the plaque laying in 2000 along with several of my family members including my Aunt Lois (Patterson) Mitchell.  I have not been in the area since but would love to come back to see what has been done with the house since 2000.  My dad, Norman Nelson "Pete" Patterson, was there to help lay the plaque when it was installed.  My children were there along with my Sister, Julie Jenise Patterson.  As you can see the Patterson family loved double initials for their children and that has been pass down to my two grandsons and two of my three granddaughters.  I would love to get a family trip together again.  My Uncle Donald Dean Patterson and his family also have the double initials which have been passed on to his children and grandchildren.  The article about the house being haunted caught my eye.  It was a very cool place and loved visiting it.
Debbie Denise (Patterson) Thomas




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