My name is Stephanie Taylor Grimassi. I am the curator and owner of
The House of Grimassi Living Legacy Museum
The House of Grimassi Private Living Legacy Museum is being
established to preserve and provide a home and resource for people interested
in Old World Witchcraft and the life of author, teacher, witch and occultist, Raven Grimassi.
The Private Living Legacy Museum is located in my home where I lived
with Raven Grimassi. The house is a beautiful
three story historic Victorian home located in the premiere historic district
of "Cozy Corner” in Springfield, Massachusetts. The house is considered the "flagship”
of the neighborhood.
The Private Living Legacy Museum is also an Airbnb listed as The Legacy House on the Airbnb Platform.
The house was built in 1898 by coal and lumber magnate James
Philip Gray, who lived in the house with his wife Julia Emma. This magnificent
home is preserved with the original architecture and virgin tiger oak wood
throughout with the original stain glass windows.
Raven and I purchased the house in 2012 and ever since have
loved and cared for it as stewards of history.
Raven passed on March 10, 2019 and I continue to be a steward of history
not only for the house but for the living legacy of Raven Grimassi. Hence, me
starting the House of Grimassi Living Legacy Museum.
The Private Living Legacy Museum has a display on the first floor of
many of Raven’s collected treasures from his lifetime.
There is one cabinet dedicated to his beloved collection of
Strega items including his Nanta bag, jewelry plus some artifacts and gifts
made especially for him. Another cabinet has many of his beloved personal
items he collected and/or that were bestowed to him by many of his admirers and
friends over the years.
His cherished "first edition” books, many by Charles G.
Leland, are on display here as well as other interesting items, artwork, tools
of the Craft and statues.
Raven Grimassi dedicated his life to maintaining and
safeguarding the oldest Western pre-Christian European enchanted worldview of
our Pagan ancestors. He branded his
perspective and opinions, referring to them as the "rooted ways” of Old World
Witchcraft. He often referred to himself as a "root tender”. And he coined the phase, "Ever Ancient, Ever New" to be inclusive of all the new growth and fruit that has come since his entrance into the Witchcraft world.
Raven had always had a fascination with unraveling "mysteries”
This lead him into a lifetime of research, writing and teaching about the topics
of Witchcraft, Wicca and the "Mystery Traditions” which are hidden in the mechanism of Nature and the
His writing "career” started in San Diego, California with a
small publication known as "Moon Shadows” 1991.
He taught at a local bookstore "Controversial Books” in San Diego and
taught at other shops and private homes.
He did go on to publishing a magazine called "Raven’s Call”, twice in his
lifetime. One edition in 1993 and then
in 2000 through 2001
Raven’s first published book by a formal publishing company,
Llewellyn Publications, was in 1995, "The Ways of the Strega”. This was the first
time the subject of Italian Witchcraft came into the greater public arena. Although sometimes criticized for adding
elements of the Neo-pagan Wicca to the material, he was always up front about
that addition and explained that it was to acclimate the practicing Wiccan to be able to have relatability to his work. In 2000, the
book was retitled "Italian Witchcraft” with a new cover and released with added material and new
Raven went on to publish eleven more books with Llewellyn
Publications as well as two well received oracle decks co-authored with me and
art work by pagan artist Mickie Mueller. You will find most of his books available on Raven's Loft.
In 2011, he then signed on with a new publishing company,
Red Wheel Weiser, and wrote three more books including the last book of his
life "What We Knew in the Night”. Raven
finished editing this book with me the night before he crossed the veil.
He also edited and annotated Fredrick Elworthy’s book "Horns
of Honor” for RWW.
Raven was a collector of antiquarian and first edition/first
printing books as well as many other titles befitting his main interest. It is safe to say he was a self-professed
The Private Living Legacy Museum houses and offers this immense book
collection to members to peruse and use in the Sanctum Sanctorum Library
located on the third floor of the House of Grimassi.
Here you will also find the active Ash, Birch and Willow altar as well as the Ancestral Altar. There are two more cabinets displaying other collections of Raven’s prized treasures to view. In the library, I
also offer oracle readings by appointment.
In the future, The House of Grimassi will be continuing to offer in person
workshops again when the pandemic directives are such that this can be
comfortable for all.
The Private Living Legacy Museum is not open to the "general" public ( in other words there is no signage or advertising to the public). It is a private museum which offers several levels of private membership with perks (see bottom of this letter) although, you do not need to be a member to visit.
Visiting the Museum requires an appointment unless you are a guest of the Legacy House Airbnb, which includes visiting the Museum.
Please do not come unannounced or without an appointment to the Museum.
There are five levels of monthly subscription or annual support
I hope you will consider joining me to
manifest this endeavor of preservation and resource for our community.
I will look forward to seeing you here!