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America's First Documented Case of Spiritual Possession

Called "America's first documented case of spiritual posession," the "Watseka Wonder" is the name given to the strange case of the possession of a young Lurancy Vennum by the spirit of Mary Roff, the daughter of a founder of the small town of Watseka.

Roff Home Announces Open Houses for October 2017

Roff Home is in the final stages of a decade-long effort to restore it to its original character. Now you can experience the newly renovated Roff Home during a series of open houses held on weekends in October.


  • Saturday, October 14, 7-11 pm
  • Saturday, October 21, 7-11 pm
  • Friday-Saturday, October 27, 28, 7-11 pm
  • Sunday, October, 29, 6-9 pm
  • Tuesday, October 31: Private group

During the past year, Roff Home has undergone an extensive renovation, including the rebuilding of the original porch, installation of shutters, antique glass for the windows, period light fixtures, restoration of the fireplace with original tile, and repainting of the interior to its original color scheme.

Some furniture has been purchased to outfit the home with pieces that harken back to the Victorian era and the early 20th century, including Oriental rugs, a decorative serving table, oak dining room table and side tables, a working Victrola, and a Victorian spinning lottery game.

The cost to attend the open house is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. (Cash only)

Roff Home Open for Paranormal Investigations and Overnight Stays

Roff Home is available for paranormal investigations, ghost hunts and overnight stays. Four-hour and eight-hour investigations are available. Overnight stays in the mother's or father's bedroom, with access to Lurancy's bediroom, can also be booked.

If your group is interested in booking time in the home, please contact John by phone or text at (773) 949-6650 or by email at

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Roff Home Restoration: Wrapping Up

Roff Home, a Victorian Italianate brick home built completed in 1868, is in the final phases of extensive renovation and restoration work. From August 2016 through September 2017, major work was performed on the home to restore it to its former glory.

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