The Watseka Wonder: America's First Documented Case of Spiritual Possession
In 1878, a 13-year-old girl named Lurancy Vennum moved into the Roff Home for 100 days, with the unbelievable claim that she was being possessed by the spirit of Mary Roff, the Roff daughter who had died 13 years earlier. Read more | Download eyewitness account
The Grand Finale: Open Houses in October 2015
In October 2015, Roff Home will host six open houses on the following dates, including Halloween:
- Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
- Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
- Sat., Oct. 17, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
- Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
- Sat., Oct. 24, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
- Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 8 pm to midnight
This series of open houses will be the last public events that its current owner will hold at Roff Home. No additional public events or private investigations are contemplated after Nov. 1, 2015. If you wish to see Roff Home, these open houses will be your last chance to do so.
These events are open to the public. No reservation is required. The cost is $10 per person. Hours 8 pm to midnight. All proceeds fund the ongoing renovation and restoration of the home.
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Victorian Architecture &
Completed in 1868, Roff Home is a Victorian home --- specifically, Victorian Italianate --- and the first brick private residence in Iroquois County, Illinois. Currently, Roff Home is undergoing extensive renovation to expose and renew its original Victorian detail. In 2014, the floors have been sanded and refinished and ceilings replaced.
Currently, interior walls and woodwork are being stripped of 150 years of paint and then repainted using the original Victorian color scheme the Roffs chose a century and a half ago.
Once this round of interior painting is finished, work will move outside in 2015 for exterior repainting and replacement of the original porch.
Your visit to Roff Home helps fund these restoration efforts.