Roff House - The Watseka Wonder

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The Roff House was one of the two houses in which the Watseka Wonder took place. The Watseka Wonder was a spiritual possession said to have happened in the late 19th century to an epileptic girl named Lurancy Vennum, who was 14 at the time. One of the spirits who possessed her for 15 weeks was the daughter of Asa Roff. During the time she was said to be possessed by the deceased daughter, she recognized all of the Roff residents and could describe items in the Roff house that would otherwise have been unknown to her. The 2009 film “The Possessed” tells the story of the incident. The house is now open for ghost tours by appointment.

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    300 E. Sheridan St
    Watseka, IL
    United States

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    40.78311809314134, -87.73105049154054
    Iroquois County, Illinois
    Nearest Towns:
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