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Location DB > United States > California > Santa Rosa > Fountaingrove Winery
Fountaingrove Winery
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created by bonnie&clyde on 7/14/2009 10:38 PM
last modified by inloc on 3/23/2020 8:48 PM
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This is a creepy dilapidated remnant of a winery. It is burn damaged in one of the large buildings. The rest is heavily graffiti'd & succumbing to the ravages of nature. The main building is built into a hill & is slowly tearing down the rear wall. The entire outside is covered in blackberry bushes and they were very tasty. We also got the s**t scared out of us by a huge ass buck. Not sure how he got in the fence line.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Santa Rosa, California
United States
Owner: City of Santa Rosa
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Roof
  •  Interesting Features
    The old barrels. The rock & brick walls.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • A Huge Ass Buck
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1860
    Closed: 1934
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Basket for black berries
    In 1860 a fellow named Thomas Lake Harris formed an organization called the Brotherhood of the New Life. He got a good deal on the Fountaingrove land and built a mansion for himself, two separate huge living quarters for the men and women of his cult, and the enormous winery. Although his wine was internationally known and drank, the New Life was the real backbone and underbelly of the winery and Fountaingrove area.

    Harris’ cult, like most cults, had strange tenets and rules. The Brotherhood believed in turning over all material wealth to Harris, who assumed his supreme divinity. Emphasis was also placed on deep breathing and refraining for sex until finding the chosen celestial mate. How one decided what that meant exactly, I’m not sure. Harris also apparently wrote really lousy poetry and sent it out to people all over the world.

    But the Brotherhood couldn’t last forever. A traveling writer started a community flare-up with an alleged expose of Fountaingrove, “revealing” that Harris had been sleeping with all the women in his cult. No one knows if it was true or if the traveling writer just wanted an ego boost and found it in spreading gossip. Nevertheless, Thomas Lake Harris was basically forced into leaving town, and he left the winery to his Japanese assistant, Kanawe Nagasawa, who ran it quite successfully until his death in 1934.

    Since a large fire burned half the winery in 1991, a fence has been surrounding the grounds.

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    Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
    posted by Flashyfashionfraud

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    Tue, Jul 14th, 2009
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    Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/23/2020 9:27 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 23 20 at 21:27, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 23 20 at 20:48, inloc changed the following: Status, Media Coverage
  • on Jun 30 14 at 8:55, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 24 14 at 3:57, Flashyfashionfraud changed the following: Owner, Security Measures
  • on Jun 24 14 at 3:56, Flashyfashionfraud updated a story
  • on Jun 24 14 at 3:53, Flashyfashionfraud created a new story
  • on Jun 24 14 at 3:52, Flashyfashionfraud added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Jun 19 14 at 2:57, Steed validated this location
  • on Oct 30 13 at 3:11, Valdyr updated gallery picture 1025131553.jpg
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    You must log in for this feature to work.My pictures from my wine tastingpgathriller057110/31/2013 6:09 PM by pgathriller
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