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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Welcome to the progressive home in upstate New York. Persephone Manor where history meets technology and magic. Just hours from New York City, Boston, Toronto and Montreal. Dedicated to unifying history, wisdom and magic.

HISTORIC, WISE, MAGICAL

Why Persephone?

Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the earth. Hades, the brother of Zeus and god of the underworld, abducts the young goddess one day as she is gathering flowers by a stream. ย  Demeter goes in search of her daughter, but is unable to find her. Demeterโ€™s grief causes the earth to dieโ€”crops fail, and famine comes upon the land. Zeus intervenes and commands Hades to return Persephone. Reluctant to release her, Hades forces Persephone to eat a pomegranate seed, food of the dead. ย  As a result, she can spend only six months out of the year with her mother; the other six months she is destined to spend in the realm of Hades. To the Greeks, the return of Persephone from the underworld symbolized the return of life in the spring. Each spring, as the earth returned to life, some Greeks observed a sacred ritual in which the story of Demeter and Persephone was enacted.

BEYOND SMART, WISE

Wise Home vs Smart Home.

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Persephone Manor is truly a unique home that seamlessly blends the magic of smart home technology with the nostalgic and gothic qualities of great American homes. Originally built in the late 1800s by the famous architect George Franklin Barber, we purchased the home with the intention of creating a one-of-a-kind living experience.
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To achieve this, we designed the lighting, sounds, smells, and decor of each room to focus on one of each of the four seasons. Each room takes on the coloring of that season and the entire house shifts through the year using smart technology to mimic the light patterns of each season using Hue smart bulbs over 150, sounds from each season with over 30 hidden ambient Sonos speakers, and smells using 20 different wifi Pura diffusers. Motion, humidity, and temperature are controlled using Dyson smart fans, Nest thermostats, and multiple even sensors in each room.
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The house is synced to the seasons, so as each season passes, the house mimics the outdoors. Smart TVs and screens in each room change to match imagery from that season. The automation takes on special settings to reflect the moon phases as well as special days throughout the year.
We believe that we have created a "WISE HOME," not just a smart home, to keep us in touch with nature through the intentional use of technology.
VALUE-DRIVEN

Where Values Reside.

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At the heart of Fonda, NY, stands Persephone Manor, not merely a structure, but a living embodiment of the deeply-rooted values that have united and guided us since our marital vows. With each brick laid, each artifact chosen, and each modern technology implemented, it echoes a deliberate intent. Our home doesnโ€™t just shelter; it speaks volumes about our beliefs, our journey, and our vision.
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These values, both timeless and ever-evolving, were forged in the commitment of matrimony and have been nurtured and refined through our consistent reflections and engagements, both in our private spheres and the broader community. They serve as our North Star, guiding our every step and decision. As you explore Persephone Manor, you'll find that it's a manifestation of these principles that span three fundamental realms:
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Personal-Centered:
At our core, we believe in the sanctity of self-care and self-awareness. This principle reflects our dedication to nurturing our well-being, understanding our strengths and vulnerabilities, and celebrating our unique identities.
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Growth-Centered:
Life, in our view, is an unending journey of evolution. Through every room and every corner, the manor resonates with our unwavering commitment to personal and communal growth, to learning, and to embracing every phase of life with grace and gusto.
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Legacy-Centered:
The true testament of our existence lies in the imprints we leave on the souls and sands of time. Beyond the walls of Persephone Manor, our legacy-centric ethos drives us to impact the lives of those we cherish and the community we're intertwined with, ensuring that our influence is both profound and positive.
Join us in exploring Persephone Manor, where architecture meets philosophy, where rooms tell tales, and where every nook and cranny resonates with purpose.

SENSORY DELIGHTS

Where Nature, Magic and History Meet

SIMPLY VISIT

Walk Through History and Magic

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SIMPLY MAGICAL

Esotericism As A Service

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Persephone Manor is programmed to practice magic based on the seasons or sabbats, moon cycles and phases. The house uses sensors in the fireplace and uplighting to denote moon phases and shifts to specialized music during high pagan holidays.
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All the AI smart speakers have specialized commands to send text messages to the family under the guise of spells. The use of smarts and sensors allow them to intuitively change sound intensity, light hue, and even create gentle breezes on command. By embracing technopaganism, they can practice ancient occult rituals and enhance their strength with technology.