8/1 update - Bumping every time there's something new to report.  Go to the last page for the latest.

Tigershire has joked a few times on this site that she visualizes Sam and Dean retiring from hunting in Victoria, BC and starting a winery and/or art gallery.  While the vision of the boys carefully selecting grapes and holding tasting parties for their newest batches for the season makes me break out into giggles, it seems that Tigershire has proof!  

Okay maybe not, but these pictures are fun nonetheless.  Anyone have pictures of businesses, towns, counties, anything with the name "Winchester?"  Send your photos and I'd be more than proud to share them on this site.  For example, I know there's a Winchester, Maryland.  Anyone close enough to get a town sign? 








Thank you so much Tigershire for taking these and sending them to me.

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6/30 - While having a well deserved break at our local tavern, this little tidbit appeared on our placemats.  The hubby and I especially like, having technical jobs and all:

"The original IBM-PC's, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives.  This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030.  This is, of course, a Winchester firearm." 

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7/14 - Bethany has two wonderful pictures.  The first is a road sign on a work trip to Basingstoke (Hey, I've been there!  My mother is British and my uncle and cousins lived in Woodley for 30 years).  The other is from a hotel in Central London.  The Brits got Winchester!








7/15 - I got quite  few today!  First, a bit of historical info from Scullspeare, for this a special day in the name of Winchester: 
 

This seems like the right place to wish everyone a Happy St. Swithun's Day!

Why? He was the Bishop of Winchester.

According to lore, on his deathbed, he asked to be buried outside Winchester Cathedral where people could walk over his grave and he could 'feel the rain.' Church elders granted his request. Nine years later, however, then felt a place inside the church crypt was a more appropriate burial site, and had him moved. St. Swithun was apparently unhappy with the move and Winchester experienced torrential rains for the next 40 days until they moved him back outside.

The old wives tale that developed is that if it rains on St. Swithun's Day (July 15), 40 more days of rain will follow. If the weather's clear, there's good weather ahead for the next 40 days.

Just goes to show - don't cross a Winchester boy of any ilk! Laughing

Also, Elle2 sent this one, a local establishment that makes you wonder, just how many hot dogs would you eat with Dean behind the counter?  Don't answer that!



Also, Lindsay W sent me this from her trip to London a little while back.  Winchester is everywhere there, and that's plenty good for us!



Thanks Scullspeare, Elle2 and Lindsay.  I'm going to have to start scouting Central Ohio pretty thoroughly.  



7/19 - The pictures keep coming!  First, Lindsay sent me another one, this time feature our good friends Jen and Mel at a well named stop sign. 



These next ones come from your's truly!  Yes, I finally found one.  The hubby and I this weekend drove to the south side of Columbus looking for a recommended winery.  Guess which street the winery is on?  Too bad the name of the winery didn't match the street name.  Several other places did though, like apartment complexes and subdivisions, so we'll go back someday and get more.   







The latest addition comes from BurgundyKat.  She actually took at side stop to a town called Winchester, Idaho.  Here's what she had to say about her journey:

This past weekend, my family had the misfortune to have to attend the funeral of a family member in Pullman, Washington.  On the way back from that sad event, I coerced my husband and and in-laws into making a very quick side stop in the remote town of Winchester, Idaho.
 
Winchester, Idaho, is the complete opposite of a metropolis, with a total of 308 residents (according to the town sign).  What they lack in size, they make up for in location: a few miles southeast of Lewiston and northwest of Cottonwood just off U.S. 95, at the base of the Craig Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain Range.  They have the added bonus of being adjacent to the, get this, Winchester Lake State Park. http://www.stateparks.com/winchester.html 
 
Winchester and Winchester Lake State Park are easy to get to, but cannot be seen from, U.S. 95.  It's absolutely beautiful, remote, quiet, fabulous, and of course named after our favorite family.  Okay, maybe not that last part, but it does share the same name as our favorite family.
 
Winchester has its very own Winchester Road, Winchester Fire Department, Winchester Post Office, obviously its own State Park, and according to a sign (that I unfortunately failed to get a photo of though I tried) is home to the "World Famous Winchester Rodeo" http://www.cowboy.com/index.php?nav=listing&id=15728 (though it appears that the rodeo hasn't been active since 2007 - drat).
 
So if you're into camping, swimming, boating, hiking, or just relaxing, you may want to check out this sleepy little town in North Central Idaho. 



Winchester Lake







See?  Now Dean can be that firefighter he always wanted to be.  

Thanks BurgundyKat!



The Winchester Mystery House

Marleen sent in this pictures and tipped me off to one of the more legendary haunted places, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California.  There's already a great writeup on it on the link below, so one wonders if Sam and Dean are going to check that out someday.  Maybe that'll make a great season six storyline.

http://www.prairieghosts.com/winchester.html