This Family Had A Suspicion About Something In Their Basement. When Renovating It… Whoa! Yep.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to both free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.  The network was formed in the early 19th century, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. Due to this many houses have been discovered near the Canadian border to have secret safe houses, build by abolitionists to hide and aid fleeing slaves.

One Reddit user had always heard stories of a hidden room under his house, built as a part of the Underground Railroad. One day when his father was remodelling their basement he learned just how true that story had been.

Their house is 25 miles south of the Canadian border, and was a hotspot for Underground Railroad safe houses.

One day his father decided to remodel the basement to make it more energy efficient.

There used to be a brick wall behind the water softener.

They had always heard tales that there was an Underground Railroad hiding spot below the fireplace.

Instead of tearing up the living room floor, they tried to find it from the basement.

They found it!

The room was behind 32″ of foundation, and not easy to get to.

Here’s the room.

Slaves would hide in this tiny room, until a path to Canada was deemed safe by abolitionists.

A broken step below the trap door.

There were a couple of pipes leading into the room, used for air and water at the time.

Sadly they didn’t find anything exciting inside the room…

…except for this awesome bayonet inside of a brick wall.

Looking down the bayonet .

The room is a total of 130″ x 32″ X 80″

Historians from a local Underground Railroad museum are coming eventually to take a look at the room.

Until then it will be left as found, spider webs and all.

That’s so cool. I wonder if I should go digging up the basement of my house and see what hidden rooms I can find.


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