Abandoned winery in Santa Rosa, CA.
This winery was in fact a part of an extension of a commune started in 1861 by Thomas Lake Harris. 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. 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. A large fire burned half the winery in 1991.