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DrCarpenter August 15th, 2016 12:26am

The house I live in was built in 1848 & it was part of the Underground Railroad. A roof of a hidden room was discovered about 3 feet under the front lawn. Does anyone have an idea as to what we could do to get to this or who we could contact to help?

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shygal47 Florida east coast
08/19/16 6:35 pm

Start by contacting the local historical society and ask them for guidance.

CMD1973 Oxford iowa
08/17/16 7:53 am

Get help. This could have historical value. Let professional archaeologist excavate it.

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Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
08/15/16 12:45 pm

Maybe contact a university close by? Grad students dig for free.

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jvc1133 61535
08/15/16 6:13 am

Hide white's during BLM protest.

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CMD1973 Oxford iowa
08/17/16 7:53 am

Really stupid comment.

teachinla California
08/15/16 2:55 am

Contact The National Trust for Historical Preservation.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
08/14/16 10:29 pm

A shovel might help, unless you prefer to try indirect approaches.

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Shiggybythebay Proud Bay Area Native
08/14/16 9:49 pm

Maybe the press. And or your city counsel. I'm assuming you mean to try to preserve or document it? That's pretty interesting. Have you always known?

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DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/15/16 4:48 am

Yep. The owners of the house have lived here for 24 years and there's documentation to prove it.
They also have the paperwork necessary to make the house a historic site, but haven't done so yet. At this point, I think we all just want to see it.

Shiggybythebay Proud Bay Area Native
08/15/16 4:51 am

I definitely can see that it should be preserved. To be there and imagine the events and the people of that time.

azglockman az
08/14/16 9:24 pm

Call before you dig ;)

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minormajority Utah
08/14/16 9:20 pm

Call the anthropology department of the nearest university.

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cpaswr just say the letters
08/14/16 7:51 pm

Are you trying to access the hidden room from the house?

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DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/15/16 4:48 am

I assume it's accessible from the cellar somehow, but yes.

cpaswr just say the letters
08/15/16 9:58 am

I would check for basement access or some other outdoor access point.

MJSeals J.D.
08/14/16 7:48 pm

Find a state historian, I believe you need to call the city ahead before digging to make sure you don't hit anything important, but the biggest key is dig slowly depending on how big it is and support beams (if needed) and walls are old and weathered. Another way is look to see if there is a passage somewhere else in the house!

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MyRedSkirt Cali
08/14/16 8:45 pm

DO NOT DO THIS!!!! They might decide your home is a famous landmark & you can't do whatever you want to it.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/15/16 9:04 am

Uhhhhh you would WANT your property to be declared a national landmark. Do you have any idea what that would do to the value?

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/15/16 9:28 am

Yes, but that only matters if you plan on selling. Personally, I'd rather have control over my home.

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/15/16 10:55 am

Thinking about selling, actually.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/15/16 10:56 am

Exactly... 99% of people would jump all over this opportunity to cash in and buy a much larger house with no historical significance.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
08/15/16 11:12 am

Depending on the significance, there may even be historical societies and such that would pay top dollar to acquire the property and convert it to a museum.

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/15/16 12:11 pm

Laser: you've won me over to your side. I'd sell to buy the house I wanted.

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/15/16 2:34 pm

It's 3,600 sq. ft., has 6 bedrooms, a 3 car garage, an acre of land, and has beautiful 18-inch thick stone walls. It could be worth a chunk of money, even considering its middle-of-nowhere location.

MyRedSkirt Cali
08/15/16 11:14 pm

Amazing! Do you mind me asking which state? Is it one story? I'd love a big 1 story with land.

asia
08/14/16 7:12 pm

Where is this treasure? Just the town if you care to share.

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Irrilogical New Jersey
08/14/16 6:57 pm

GO IN YOURSELF BREAK THRU AND WING IT and then call the government or historical people

DSL007 It has been a long day
08/14/16 6:30 pm

Dynamite is always a spectacular option. And the neighbors will love you.

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gameplayer2014 Constipated Clefable
08/14/16 6:24 pm

Either use it for storage or turn it into a museum. Make a buck on the museum gig.

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auntiesamm Orange County CA
08/14/16 6:18 pm

What a wonderful historical find. I would not contact the government initially! Do some discreet research and be cautious who you contact.

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Ebola1 Florida
08/14/16 6:16 pm

I'd call your historical society. Keep in mind they would probably restrict the use of the property for years. Also the State university archeology department might be of help.

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alkie New York
08/14/16 6:11 pm

Have the state pay you money for your property. Make it a historical place

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DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
08/15/16 4:49 am

We are looking to sell the house soon, actually.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/14/16 6:07 pm

Maybe contact a ground penetrating radar service to get an idea of what that might cost. I have no idea, but being that shallow and knowing about where it is, it may not be prohibitively expensive to have that part of the yard mapped. A local utility locating service may be able to give you some ideas too.

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Kay41 the Midwest
08/14/16 5:51 pm

What a great discovery. I'd call your nearest historical society and I bet they can direct you to the next step.

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CTYankee!!! Connecticut
08/14/16 5:35 pm

Call your state and local historical society.

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MrAngerer
08/14/16 5:30 pm

The government might sieze your property in the name of preservation of historical artifacts. Be careful who you tell depending on what results you want.

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devspi Liberal Republican
08/14/16 5:30 pm

Contact your local preservationist, I guess. Or a contractor. Regardless, that's awesome though.

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gow488 Korea
08/14/16 5:29 pm

No but that's pretty cool.

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