Victorian floors in the front parlor: Unraveling the mystery of original use

The Victorian floors in the Roff Home have been a mystery, especially the front parlor’s baffling combination of plain plank flooring and ornate trim. My restoration of the flooring and my own use of the room helped the mystery be unraveled.

670 people visit Roff Home (and its basement) in 2009

“Can we scream?” asked one teenage girl when she and her friends enterred the home. “Of course,” we responded. “That’s what Halloween is for.”

A tale of two Roff homes

Over the years, questions regarding the exact locations of homes in the Watseka Wonder story have arisen. Confusion stems from the Roff’s having built two homes in Watseka. Thanks to extensive research on the issue, the exact locations of these homes and the timeline of ownership for each can now be established.

The Roff Home: Reversing 140 Years of Wear and Tear

Welcome to the Roff Home blog — my living and evolving documentation of the renovation and restoration of this historic Victorian Italianate home in Watseka, Illinois. Several prominent residents of Watseka have called this place home over the past 140 years. Some have been important to the history of Watseka, while others could be argued to be important to the history of the country.