I was reading an article yesterday on President Lincoln. It was a brief summary of the hardships he suffered through his life, the dead of a wife, a child, the civil war and slavery. Got me thinking about the slaves and their hardships. Not far from us in the town of Lewis, is a house confirmed to be on the Underground Railroad. I have always found this fascinating since we have always wondered if our house was safe haven for the slave and possibly one on the chain. Our basement looks like it could have been a place to hide slaves. It has your normal steps going down but, at one time there was a brick wall closing off and hiding and underground passage. It was removed when a new furnace was added many years ago.
|Remains of original wall|
Behind that once present wall, is a dirt tunnel leading to a ladder.
|original ladder leading to closet|
If you climb up that ladder you would come out in a closet that is in the dining room.
|looking into basement from closet|
|trap door in closet|
We always have wondered if this dirt area was a place to hide slaves when needed. They would have been hidden behind the brick wall and out of sight. Over the years, we have had school kids call and ask if they could see our basement and take pictures of it for a school project on slaves.
Definitely food for thought.