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
See the Evidence, Then Book Your Ghost Hunt!
The many investigations of the Roff Home over the past five years have yielded a strange set of evidence, from recordings to photos to video to testimonials from past investigators. Check out these audio clips from a March 2013 private investigation. The Roff Home is available for paranormal investigations. The home, which is heated with steam heat radiators and a new boiler, will be open throughout the winter!
Open Houses: Oct. 25, 2013 and Halloween!
On Fri., Oct. 25, and on Thurs., Oct. 31, come experience the Roff Home as you never have before, during open houses from 8 p.m. to midnight! These events, which are open to the public, will allow visitors to take a self-guided tour of the entire home. You'll see the the front parlor where seances were performed, the mother's and father's bedrooms, and the bedroom where Lurancy Vennum stayed when she was possessed by the spirit of Mary Roff. The basement will also be open for exploration! To add to the eeriness of the evening, the home will be lit with more than 100 candles from the basement to the bedrooms.
Proceeds from your visit help restore the Roff Home, which is undergoing a long-term renovation to return it to its previous glory. Cost: $6 per person. Tickets available at the door.
Psychic Medium Rick Hayes to Visit Roff Home for Sold Out Event
On Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, psychic medium and life consultant Rick Hayes will hold a special gallery reading session at Roff Home. Both Rick and the Roff Home were featured in the Booth Brothers documentary "The Possessed" and the Travel Channel series "The Most Terrifying Places in America." Rick returns to Roff Home to provide messages from the beyond during this "Connections Gallery Event."
Rock 'n' Roll Ghosthunter Keith Age and Medium Scotty Rorek Investigate Roff Home
On Sat., June 29, 2013, ghosthunter Keith Age conducted two investigations of the Roff Home, both open to the public. Accompanying him was the medium Scotty Rorek, who aided in the investigation and offered private readings.
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Victorian Architecture &
Completed in 1868, the Roff Home is a Victorian home --- specifically, Victorian Italianate --- and the first brick private residence in Iroquois County, Illinois. Currently, the Roff Home is undergoing extensive renovation to expose and renew its original Victorian detail.