It’s not every day that somebody finds a secret room in their home. In fact, we’d say that it’s probably a fairly rare thing to happen.
Alexandra Poulos, however, did just that very thing and what surprised her was the possible part that her newfound room may have had in ending slavery.
The slave trade is one of the United States’ biggest sources of shame and it took the actions of many brave men and women to bring it to an end. So, you may be as surprised as Alexandra Poulos was by the secrets of this hidden room. Let’s take a look together, shall we?
10. The House
The house itself is in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania. It was purchased back in 1974. It’s built in a plain colonial style with white exterior walls. It was used to raise a family in and would eventually be passed down to its current owner as an inheritance after her parents passed away.
9. Alexandra Poulos
Alexandra Poulos says that growing up in the house was a strange experience. She said that she regularly dreamed of secret rooms and that everyone else thought she was crazy for it. She would spend much of her time on dream interpretation sites trying to work out what they meant.
8. The Handover
Alexandra’s mother died in 2008 and she was desperate to ensure that the home she had grown up in remained in the family. So she asked her father to sign the building over to her before he passed away. He agreed and she took ownership of the home at that point. She had no idea what she would find in her new home.
7. No Sale But Rent
Many people tried to persuade her to sell the house but she wouldn’t let it go. However, she had to move away to find work and in the interim, she took on tenants. The tenants soon found they were dogged by issues that all seemed to stem from the basement.
6. The Basement Under The Basement
A neighbor had once told Poulos that her home had a basement below the basement. She’d dismissed this at the time but maybe there was something to it? A building team was brought in to excavate and sure enough, they found a room beneath the floor of the basement. But what linked this room to the slave trade?