America’s First Possession: Illinois Haunted House Welcomes Brave Souls this Halloween


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WATSEKA, IL – Get ready for an exhilarating journey into the supernatural as Graveside Paranormal invites you to join them in an exclusive public investigation of the renowned Roff Home. 

Nestled just 90 miles south of Chicago, in the heart of Watseka, this historic mansion has long been shrouded in mystery and paranormal lore. On Sunday, October 29th, from 1 PM to 8 PM, the Roff Home will open its doors to thrill-seekers and enthusiasts of the unexplained for an unforgettable day of ghostly exploration.

Unearth the Mysteries of Roff Home

Roff Home, with its rich history, is in the final stages of a decade-long restoration project to return it to its original, eerie character. Steeped in supernatural legends, it was here that the chilling Watseka Wonder story unfolded—a tale often regarded as “America’s first documented case of spiritual possession.” The story chronicles the eerie possession of young Lurancy Vennum by the vengeful spirit of Mary Roff, daughter of a Watseka founder.

Featured in SyFy and Travel Channel

The Roff Home’s chilling past has garnered attention far and wide, with its spine-tingling story featured in the acclaimed documentary “The Possessed,” produced by the Booth Brothers and regularly aired on the SyFy channel. It has also been showcased on the Travel Channel, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination for those who seek the supernatural.

Ghostly Adventures Await

During the investigation event, Graveside Paranormal will provide state-of-the-art equipment, including EMF detectors and voice recorders, to assist you in your quest to uncover ghostly activity and capture Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs). Your journey will begin with an intriguing narration of the Watseka Wonder’s history before you venture inside this enigmatic abode. Explore each floor during your 15 to 20-minute sessions, using ghost hunting equipment to engage with the paranormal.

Discover Evidence of the Unseen

All findings from your investigation will be meticulously collected and sent to your email, ensuring that you have the opportunity to review and uncover any evidence of your otherworldly encounters.

Adding an extra layer of mystique to this haunting experience, Graveside Paranormal is thrilled to welcome special guest Mr. Jacob Mayfield, who will be offering Tarot card and palm readings. His approachable yet mystical talents promise to enhance your paranormal journey.

Join the Ghostly Excursion

Mark your calendars for this spine-chilling event:

  • Date: Sunday, October 29th
  • Time: 1 PM – 8 PM
  • Location: 300 E Sheridan St, Watseka, IL 60970

Tickets are available for just $10 per person at the door, payable by credit card or cash. Don’t miss your chance to explore the supernatural at the iconic Roff Home, where the past meets the paranormal in an unforgettable encounter. Boo!

For bookings or inquiries, please contact John at (773) 949-6650 or email Get ready to embark on a journey into the unknown, where the spirits of the past may come alive once more.


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