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
Exhibition of Post-mortem Photography Postponed
The exhibition of Victorian post-mortem photography, which had been planned for one showing monthly from February through May, has been postponed while additional restoration work is completed on the home. Dates to be announced.
End of an Era: Roff Home to Close on Nov. 1, 2015
After being open to the public for a decade, Roff Home will close its doors to public access on Nov. 1, 2015, returning to its original purpose of simply being a home. Although more than one year away, advance notice is being provided so those interested in experiencing the home may plan to do so.
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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.