What a Pennsylvania Homeowner Found Beneath Her Basement Will Amaze You!
Do you own your own home? If so, it’s safe to say that you are familiar with every nook and cranny of your space, but could you imagine discovering a completely new room just out of the blue? That exact thing happened to Alexandra Poulous, a Lawnsdowne, Pennsylvania native who has always had a premonition that her house actually has more to it than meets the eye. The old house has provided shelter and comfort to generations of her family, and it just may have done the same for escaped slaves in the 1800s.
The unexpected discovery was made when the tenants currently living in Poulous’ house contacted her about damage to the foundation in the basement. They reported cracked walls and a hole in the floor that looked as if it was leading down to a full-fledged room. When crews came to the house to make repairs, Alexandra told them to hold off and actually keep on digging! What they found was truly shocking. The crew had discovered a room—but it was much larger and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
The space itself spanned between 6 to 8 feet wide and roughly 15 feet long. Though the size was impressive, it was the hidden room below the basement floor that was truly stunning. The crews determined that this secret room was a full 14 feet below the subterranean story of the house! The wall in the underground room was constructed out of makeshift stone. Are you questioning what’s under your rec room now?
Curiously enough, there had been whispers about this secret room since her childhood, but they had never been investigated by her family. Poulous told ABC News, “There was a neighbor out back, an old doctor and his wife. She told my dad, ‘You know there’s a basement under your basement.’ My dad just thought she was crazy or whatever. Long story short, I always had that in the back of my mind.”
During the 19th-century many places in Pennsylvania served as “abolitionist sympathizer zones.” Some residents in these areas took it upon themselves to offer up their homes and property to help aid slaves in their secret migration from slave states to free territories. In fact, a massive discovery in 2014 helped put Pennsylvania on the Underground Railroad map. A construction crew who was demolishing a house discovered a 70-foot long tunnel under the home in the town of Middletown, Pennsylvania. This has led historians to believe that there may be many other secret tunnels and rooms under homes and businesses today that residents might not be aware of.
At this point in time Poulous is doing her best to uncover the secrets that her house may hold. In fact, this drive to pursue the truth about her childhood home’s history is what led her to make the odd request for the crews to initially dig deeper past the basement.
What do you think of Poulous’ amazing discovery? Do you have similar premonitions about your own home? Tell us what you think in the comments below!