Secret room discovered under house turns out to be part of Civil War underground railroad history

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Much of history is buried beneath the dirt, and in the case of Alexandra Poulos’s home in Pennsylvania an entire era of history is buried beneath her house. She lived there nearly her entire life before she discovered the truth. When she hired masons to dig beneath her house there was no way should could guess what they found, and what it revealed about the history of her home.

1. She always felt there were hidden rooms in her house
Alexandra Poulos is a person that feels a deep connection to her childhood home. She’s an adult now, but she grew up there, and the house has been in her family since her parents bought it in 1974. Of course, she loved it, and because it was only six miles outside of Philadelphia she suspected it had a history.
Poulos confided to a reporter in June of 2018 that “…when I was a child, I would have random dreams about there being other rooms in the house. I’d look it up on dream meanings sites and people always thought I just had a crazy imagination.” There were other rooms, but they were not in the house; they were underneath it.

2. A neighbor told them a secret about her house
“This is such a weird, odd story,” Poulos told the same reporter. At the time of the interview she was 43 years old and was the sole owner of the house. With some emotion, she spoke about how she lost both her mother and her brother in the same year.

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Great find Thanks for posting it. I wonder about the plastic water pipe down in the hole?
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Thanks for sharing the article. The song, Swing Low, sweet chariot, coming to take me home is actually a coded message. Sweet Chariot meant Harriet Tubman and "home" means to go north into a free state. When slaves sung it, it meant that Harriet Tubman was coming through.
 

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Advanced Yankee technology. It's why the Nawth won the woah.

Thanks for sharing the article. The song, Swing Low, sweet chariot, coming to take me home is actually a coded message. Sweet Chariot meant Harriet Tubman and "home" means to go north into a free state. When slaves sung it, it meant that Harriet Tubman was coming through.
Thanks, @gary. I was unaware of the song's use in the Underground Railroad. Gives added meaning to the lyric "If you get there before I do/Tell all my friends I'm coming too." Not simply a statement of faith for a heavenly hereafter but a powerful statement of hope, determination, friendship, and community.
 
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Thanks, @gary. I was unaware of the song's use in the Underground Railroad. Gives added meaning to the lyric "If you get there before I do/Tell all my friends I'm coming too." Not simply a statement of faith for a heavenly hereafter but a powerful statement of hope, determination, friendship, and community.
Advanced Yankee technology. It's why the Nawth won the woah.

Thanks for sharing the article. The song, Swing Low, sweet chariot, coming to take me home is actually a coded message. Sweet Chariot meant Harriet Tubman and "home" means to go north into a free state. When slaves sung it, it meant that Harriet Tubman was coming through.
Others were "Go Down Moses" (the pet name the slaves gave her) and "Wade in the Water"and others...amazing:
 

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Thank you Belle Montgomery. Years ago on one of my research trips I learned there would be a talk at Fredericksburg on the spirituals. It was well attended. I also got to meet Ranger Don Pfanz who had been helping me for years.
 
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Thank you Belle Montgomery. Years ago on one of my research trips I learned there would be a talk at Fredericksburg on the spirituals. It was well attended. I also got to meet Ranger Don Pfanz who had been helping me for years.
Such a beautiful voice too! Gives me shivers! I still have a hard time deciding who's voice I love more...Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington's. Billy Holiday's is a staple. You could hear the pain in Billy's voice when she sings "Strange Fruit" regarding lynching. The lyrics are applicable pre Civil War/slavery era as well. I wonder if this should be post of it's own... its so very stirring and has a "haunting" tone just like the spirituals:
I know my CW friend @jgoodguy appreciates this too:
 
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