A woman in Pennsylvania, USA has reportedly found an unbelievable piece of history buried underneath her childhood home–an underground chamber. She found her basement has an underground railroad which is believed to have been in use centuries ago.
NYDailyNews quotes Alexandra Poulos as telling ABCNews that she had suspicions on the home located in Lansdowne, Pa.
She knew the apartment was housing a big secret after a neighbor told her father that there was more to the house than meets the eye.
“There was a neighbor out back, an old doctor and his wife,” Poulos said.
“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.”
Lucky Poulos inherited the home after her father relocated, following the death of her mother and brother. She then rented the ‘haunted home’ to some tenants.
The newest historical revelation came after the tenants informed her of a need for some repairs in her basement. Reports say there was a busted cast-iron sewer pipe and cracking walls. These inexplicable damages aroused Poulos’ curiousity.
Then she had a flashback on the tip from a neighbor long before. First, she started an online research on the area’s history.
“It was, like, 2 a.m. one night, and I came across an article that said there was this house that’s, like, a five minute drive from my house and the owners found out it was linked to the Underground Railroad,” Poulos said.
“They said they knew it was down there and they knew it was covered up by cement. And then I knew. That was it.”
According to reports, Poulos then made a bizarre request to Baldwin Masonry, the contracting company in charge of making the repairs in apartments around the location. She asked: “Can you dig a little deeper?”
She wasn’t around to inspect the repairs but the following day, she received a surprise call with the most unbelievable news. The workers told her they had struck a historical goldmine.
“I get a call saying, ‘You’re not going to believe this. They found it,’” Poulos explained.
The workers had uncovered a previously unknown room 14 feet below her basement, which measured out to be 6 to 8 feet wide and about 15 feet long, which Poulos believes was part of the 19th-century network, built to help slaves escape from slave states to free territories.
Other reports confirm that this is not the only discovery made on underground railroads in the US. A 2014 demolition of an apartment in Middletown, Pa., brought to light a 70-foot-long secret tunnel, which historians believe was another link in the Underground Railroad. Middletown is reportedly, roughly 100 miles east of Lansdowne.