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Roanoke House is the main location on season six, Roanoke. The house is a Shaker mansion as Edward Phillipe Mott hired Shakers to build his home in North Carolina[1]. Mott would later become the first to mysteriously disappear from the house and the property soon became a place of mysterious and gruesome events.

History

The old farm house located in North Carolina was completed in 1792 by Edward Philippe Mott who bought a 10 acre plot of land from the state, along the Roanoke River's edge. Today, it is located at 900 Sappony Rd.

A police report and newspaper article collected by Elias Cunningham shows the house to be located in Martin County, North Carolina, near Williamston.

After Edward Mott's disappearance, the house remained in the Mott Family Trust for well over a century until the last Mott died in South Florida in 1952.

On October 3, 1952, three hunters stayed at the Roanoke House before something caused them to turn their rifles on each other.

On October 19, 1973, the Chen family moved from Taiwan to America. After gaining citizenship, the family moved into the Roanoke House. One night, during a Blood Moon, the entire family was slaughtered by the spirits of the land. A sheriff's deputy conducted a wellness check and found no bodies and believed the family abandoned the property as their vehicle and all their belongings still remained.[2]

On October 29, 1988, Miranda and Bridget Jane bought the house, where they opened an assisted living facility. The house they purchased had previously been unoccupied for 15 years. The family before had lived in the house only for a brief time before they suddenly vacated. During the years when the sister inhabited the house, they led bloody murder at the expense of patients left behind by careless relatives. On October 29, 1989, police were called to investigate the facility. Miranda and Bridget were gone, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and a mysterious red writing on the wall - "Murde" - which continues to appear despite the successive tenants and sellers having tried to remove it.[3]

For six months, from August 1997 to January 1998, Dr Elias Cunningham lived in the Roanoke House but had owned it up until the Millers bought the house at auction.[2]

After Elias missed a property tax payment, the property was to be sold at auction. The bid started at $21,000, but was purchased for $40,000 by Shelby and Matt Miller. [4]

At the end My Roanoke Nightmare, Sidney bought the house in order to shoot the second season, Return To Roanoke: Three Days In Hell. He hired Rory, Monet, Shelby, Audrey, Lee, Matt, and Dominic to survive three days of the blood moon in the house, with cameras scattered around the house. One by one, each of them were killed, either by suicide, The Butcher, the ghosts trapped in the mansion, or by being shot down by the police. Due to paranormal activities and the gruesome deaths, the place has been torn apart, with the chandelier collapsing into the stairs, and blood stain scattered on the wall. However, lee was the lone survivor, despite being captured by the Polk Family, being chased by The Butcher, and murdering the remaining cast.

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The Roanoke House burning down after the death of Lee Miller.

Ever since the second season, the mansion has been infamous for it's gruesome and eerie history. It attracted fans to trespass the place to explore and vandalize it, until a metal fence topped with barbed wire surrounded the place. A group called 'Spirit Chasers' decided to illegally trespass by cutting through the metal fence. They were teamed with Ashley Gilbert, totally skeptical about their surroundings. They began investigating around the room with a thermal meter, until when they were interrupted by the presence of Lee Miller, who was looking for her daughter, Flora. She softly warned the group to leave this place, which they refuse to. The ghosts started killing the group, and shot arrows at the last 'Spirit Chasers' host, including the confused cops waiting outside and the innocent cameraman. Meanwhile, Lee finally reached Flora, who confessed about sacrificing her life for Priscilla, in order to protect her from the Butcher's harm. Lee pleaded her to stay, and offered her life instead. They both agreed for Priscilla shoot a willing Lee, before igniting the entire place on fire, The cops rescued a emotional Flora, and loitered outside witnessing the death of a place which was once a place of mysterious and gruesome events. But little did they knew, the restless blood moon waited outside, with the Roanoke colony marching in the background.

Connection to the Shadow World

The big Shaker mansion, as does several other locations in the American Horror Story universe, is connected to the Shadow World.

The mansion was built upon the land which was granted by Scáthach's gods to Thomasin in the afterlife in exchange for her loyalty in life. Thomasin's blood moon was so admired by the gods that their soul bonded with the very grounds upon which they settled upon in a cursed blessing.

Because of the curse, the souls of those killed upon the land are trapped within the mansion's land within the Shadow World, but during the blood moon, these spirits can tangibly slip the veil of the shadow world and can appear at will, and kill the living. However, unlike previous locations shown in American Horror Story, their souls are not trapped by a concentration of death and despair, but rather, a curse - often resulting in a horrific, twisted disfiguration of the physical materialization of the spirits compared to how they were in life.

Locations

The farm house has three bedrooms, two stories and a basement. It also includes ten acres of forest around the house, but as protected area, it is non-building land.

Outside & Garden

The exterior of the farm consists of ten acres of woodland. Surrounding the house, there is a dry garden with several pieces of scrap iron, an evident result of years of neglect. There is a detached deck with a hot tub in the backyard.

Entrance

The entrance is a large hall with a round staircase in front of the main door. The main entrance is preceded by a portico. Following a home invasion, the entrance was covered with vines and anthropomorphic totems made of sticks hanging from the railing of the stairs and the ceiling.[4]

The Basement

The basement is a large room with several shelves, furniture and odds and ends piled against the walls or crammed into rickety stacks. Shelby and Lee were hiding in the basement during a home invasion at the house when they discovered the existence of disturbing footage shot by Elias.[4]

The Parlor/Dining Room

A large room with windows overlooking the front garden and a long table. The previously moldy walls were repainted by Shelby in the weeks following the move-in.

Master Bedroom

Wide and empty and dark, the master bedroom has a king size four-poster bed and a large window on one of the walls.

Kitchen

A rustic kitchen with a large working table and an old-fashioned stovetop.

Living Room/Library

A sitting area composed of vintage furniture and a library chock full of old books crammed on the shelves.


Residents

Throughout the decades, numerous residents and owners have been forced against their will to face the horrors surrounding the house.

Notes

  • The Roanoke House, a term initially coined by fans ahead of the official name mentioned on the show, and later confirmed in "Chapter 9", vaguely resembles the Murder House of the first season, with a violent past and haunted by ghosts.
  • In addition to the main rooms, the Roanoke House is composed of rooms and corridors not yet defined.
  • The Shaker mansion is located at 900 Sappony Road. [1]
  • The mansion was used as the setting for the filming of the in-universe documentary "My Roanoke Nightmare" and its follow-up series "Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell"

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode: Chapter 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode: Chapter 4
  3. Episode: Chapter 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Episode: Chapter 1

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