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When to Visit: Historic Dates

Check out these dates if you're interested in experiencing Roff Home on important anniversary dates in the Watseka Wonder story. Otherwise, contact Roff Home to book the home for a time of your convenience.

  • October 8, 1846: Mary Roff is born in Warren Co., Ind.
  • July 5, 1865: Mary Roff dies.
  • February 10, 1878: Lurancy Vennum moves into Roff Home, supposedly possessed by the spirit of Mary Roff.
  • February 10 to May 21, 1878: Lurancy Vennum lives as Mary Roff in Roff Home, during which time the Roffs and Lurancy practice seances and otherwise attempt to communicate with the "spirit world."
  • May 21, 1878: Lurancy Vennum leaves Roff Home, relieved of her possession by Mary Roff and cured of the spiritual illness that had plagued her since July 1877.
  • The month of May: Around the turn of the nineteenth century, the property experienced high turnover, with several families purchasing the property within a ten-year period. Nearly all families sold the property during the month of May, coinciding with the last month that Lurancy lived in the home. Coincidence? Or something more?

The Ebb and Flow of Nature

Spring to fall marks one of the best times to visit Roff Home. The five-acre property is beautiful as the seasons change and the flowering trees and bushes explode in color.

  • March, last two weeks: The five acres of grounds begin to turn green after a long winter's slumber.
  • April, first half: Early leafing trees and bushes begin to sprout their season's leaves.
  • April, mid: The magnolia tree is in full bloom.
  • April, second half: The lilac bushes blossom with their fragrant flowering cones, in shades from lavender to deep, dark purple.
  • April, second half: The several oak trees to the west of the Roff Home, originally planted by the Roff family, begin to leaf.
  • May, first week: The bridal wreath bushes burst forth with thousands of minute white flowers. Duration: approximately two weeks
  • May, first week: The hydrangea bush blooms. Duration: approximately two weeks
  • May 9: Average date of last frost.
  • May, first half: The more than fifty catalpa trees that line the property, thought to have been planted by Judge C. W. Raymond, sprout their large, heart-shaped leaves.
  • May, last week: The catalpas, which are more than seventy feet tall, explode with white blossoms.
  • June 20-21: Summer solstice. The date varies depending on the year.
  • October, second half: Autumn foliage usually peaks in the range of October 20-25. The many oak tress to the west and north of Roff Home burn bright orange at their height of color. Check predicted frost and peak foliage dates for the Watseka area if planning on visiting during this time.
  • Oct. 31: Halloween. Some believe that this is the peak of spirit activity in this tangible, material world.
  • Dec. 20-21: Winter solstice. The date varies depending on the year.

More on Your Visit to Roff Home

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