When asked why she was taking an interest in local history now, Rothko said,
"Well, there's the acquisition of the land, of course. I don't know how distant a relative the buy is, but I hear they plan to rebuild."
Indeed, the land of Eshur Mansion, which had been declared a historic site by the city council of Abbysford, had long sat derelict as the owners passed away over the generations, none of whom had the want or the money to create real change--but now that's about to change.
But what does Rothko hope to gain from the excavations and restoration of the Eshur ruins?
"I want to know what happened," she said. "Not many people know, but the whole house came crashing down, swallows, even, by the bog back in the late eighteen hundreds. Nobody really knows why. Most just chalk it up to poor architectural decisions with placement and foundation. But I think there's something else going on."
When asked what she meant, Rothko continued.
"Mr. Eshur kept his sister in the basement, some say. Others think he buried her alive because of some unknown illness of the time. But those accounts aren't confirmed, as far as I know. But there is a firm account that a friend of Lord Eshur did visit the mansion on the eve of the mansions collapse. Whatever happened that night must hold the secret."
Rothko may be letting her imagination run away with her, but some locals think she has the right idea.
"I'd like to know what happened," says David Samuel, 43. "I've never like going past there. Just something not quite right about the whole bog. Ruins or no."