Redditors who live in houses built more than 100 years ago: what are some “secrets” about your house (ex. History, unopened doors, discoveries, etc)?

Redditors who live in houses built more than 100 years ago: what are some “secrets” about your house (ex. History, unopened doors, discoveries, etc)?

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  1. All the terraces in my town were built roughly 160 years ago for waves of immigrant labour to the mining areas of the north of England. Secret is that these houses were built as cheaply as possible and if you knock off the plaster on the walls, you will find each house is separated by a single brick which is crumbling and the mortar has turned to dust. There are thousands of these houses, I’m surprised they haven’t just toppled like a row of dominoes.

  2. Nothing cool like that. When remodeling it was interesting to see what people used to use. Old newspapers for wallpaper(I think it was supposed to be wallpaper?) was neat but not in any shape to be worth anything. You could read some of it though. And the plaster? Yeah horse hair in that. The wiring all had to be redone, the plumbing too as it was fucking terra cotta. You can get into the attic but it’s unfinished and there’s nothing there except bones of long dead mice and squirrels.

  3. my uncles old house had a locked door that nobody ever went in, didnt have a key and he didnt really care, nobody knew what was in it, house eventually got demolished

  4. We almost bought a house that would’ve been 100 years old this year…but it couldn’t pass inspection for our loan…it was a shotgun style (ugh swoooooon) and had a huge yard. All original doors and wood.

    Anyway…we passed and now we’re renovating a house made in 1980…she was TAAAACKY

  5. It used to be an office building owned by Alexander Hamilton or at least that’s the real estate agency’s schpiel when trying to get you to rent a space in it.

  6. I live in a 350 year old house and there are two things that come to mind.
    1. While re-siding the house we found an outline of a door that used to exist but no longer does.
    2. The basement is carved out of the bedrock and has a ditch. If you walk into the plank to get across the ditch and shine a flashlight behind some pipes there a hole in the wall to a space which contains a single stone sarcophagus. Yep, there’s an actual body in my basement and we don’t know who it is. There aren’t any good records of burials around the creation of the house and an addition was built above it without anyone realizing it was there.

    TLDR; Missing door, real body in basement.

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