Apocalypse Party at the Armageddon House
In 1938, William Andrew Nicholson began to build a fortress, meant to keep him safe from Armageddon. His research into the Bible convinced him that the end of the world was set for the year 1969, giving him 30 years to prepare.
Nicholson believed that 144,000 righteous people would be saved from doomsday, and be allowed to go on living for 1,000 years. He was determined to build a home that would serve him well when that day arrived, in hopes that he would be one of those spared.
Check This OutLocated in Alcoa, TN, the house took Nicholson from 1938 to 1946 to complete. He was 61 years of age when construction began. His beloved wife Fair Nicholson died in 1950, and some say that he buried her in the walls of the bizarre home.
Because the house was built to withstand Nicholson’s 1,000 years on Earth after the rest of the world perished, it was named Millennium Manor. He lived in the home until 1965, when he sadly passed away. William Andrew Nicholson did not live long enough to see that his predicted End Time date would not come to pass. He and Fair had ten children, but none of them lived in the house after their parents were both gone. The home which was once valued at $150,000 ended up selling at auction for a mere $3,900.
Used alternatively as a meeting house for the Odd Fellows, a rental property, and a Halloween Haunted House, the Millennium Manor eventually fell into such disrepair, that the city of Alcoa became determined to have it condemned. Before they could complete the process, the house was purchased by Dean Fontaine, who began the process of renovating the impressive abode. He is also working on getting it placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
In recent days, the topic of Doomsday has been on everyone’s mind, thanks to the prediction by radio evangelist Harold Camping. See our previous posts on the charismatic preacher and his May 21, 2011 apocalyptic prophesy:
Fontaine tells the Associated Press that he isn’t worried about May 21. Which isn’t shocking. Afterall, he lives in a home built to withstand doomsday. In fact, he’s planning on having a party at the Millennium Manor on May 21, 2011. What better venue for an apocalypse party than at the original Armageddon House?
Fontaine maintains a website full of amazing facts about the construction of Millennium House, including Newspaper clippings and old photographs. Take a look: how to make a good master thesis
Below: Dean Fontaine takes us on a tour of Millennium Manor