Alexandra Poulos,homeowner finds hidden room under house that could be part of underground railroad

July 2, 2016 1:00 pm

always knew there was something special about her house. Picture: ABC

A woman was stunned to find a secret “underground railroad”,
possibly used to smuggle slaves, beneath the floor of her family home.
Alexandra Poulos told America’s ABC that she’d always known there was something unusual about the property in Pennsylvania.
“This is such a weird, odd story,” she said.
The 43-year-old, who grew up in the house, claims she had dreams about “other rooms” as a child.
The home has been in the family since 1974 and has been rented out over the past few years.
“I just love it so much. I started renting it out, and now we have awesome tenants.”
It
wasn’t until recently when the basement was being renovated that Poulos
made some inquiries, after remembering a rumour a neighbour told her
father.

“There was a neighbour out back, an old doctor and his wife,” she told the ABC.
“She told my dad, ‘you know there’s a basement under your basement’.
“My dad just thought she was crazy or whatever.
“For the past couple weeks, I’ve been looking stuff up on the history of homes in the area.”
When workmen arrived, Poulos asked if they
could “dig a little deeper,” and to their amazement found a huge hole
leading to an unknown room two metres below.

Alexandra Poulos knew there was something special about her family home. Picture: ABC
“I get a call saying, ‘You’re not going to believe
this. They found it,'” Poulos said. A large hole in the basement floor
leads to a previously unknown room 14 feet (4.2m) below. “I said,
‘You’re joking.’ I swear to God, they found it. It’s a whole other area
of the house.”
Poulos’s tenant Jerry Sanders said “It’s just
suspicious because I think what we found might have predated the house
being built.

Bizarre basement find

“It’s about 14 feet deep and maybe about 6 to 8 feet wide by about 15 feet long. It’s a nice-size room.”
Historian
Rachel Moloshok said there are plenty of reasons the hidden room may
exist and didn’t discount the possibility of an underground railway.
“The
region in general historically has been known as an abolitionist
sympathiser area that probably did have a good number of people who have
been involved in or were sympathetic to anti-slavery activism,
including potential participation in the underground railroad.
“The
only way to really follow up on that would be to research who the
owners were in the past and follow up on property records and see if
there were people who were known to be vocal abolitionists, based on the
actual documentation of that,” she added. “Then you can make
inferences.”

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