The Book of Old Houses by Sarah Graves
Once upon a time, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree was a hotshot money manager to Manhattan’s rich and dreadful—until she left city life behind for a centuries-old fixer-upper in the quaint seaside town of Eastport, Maine. But even this tiny haven has its hazards—and they can be astonishingly deadly….
What would you do if a long-buried book was unearthed from beneath your 1823 fixer-upper—a book containing your name written in blood? That’s the mystery Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree faces in the midst of her latest old-house renovations. But it’s only the first in a town better known for its scenic views and historic homes than its body count. Now Jake is putting aside her hammer and fixing to find someone who’s got the blueprint for a perfect murder.
38 Times People Discovered Surprising Things Left Inside Buildings By Previous Owners
Old houses sometimes harbor hidden treasures — buried in basements, concealed behind walls or floorboards, stored in attics — until their discovery many years later by family members or new homeowners renovating the place. Laws about who owns the bounty are complex, prompting some finders to keep their good fortune to themselves. In general, though, U. Although there are sometimes exceptions, homeowner-finders usually do get to be keepers. Read on to learn of some astonishing finds in recent years — some worth millions, others whose value is historic or nostalgic. Compare mortgage rates at Bankrate.
You know about nasty horse hair plaster in the walls, old garbage buried in the dirt floor cellar. Interestingly, the poultry remains were found with spices and wrapped in old newspapers dated from the s and 40s. But back to the chickens in the walls. Steer discovered a very old sword in the well that is thought to be from medieval times. He has installed lighting to illuminate the well and put a glass trap door over top. It seems that the Fuhrer Hitler was a bit of a hypocrite.
Hand grenades, gold bricks, treasure maps, stacks of cash, machine guns, and dead bodies. These are just a few of the things people have found while renovating their houses. Renovations are all about taking something ugly and turning it into something of value. But sometimes, in the course of renovations, people find things of such great value that they overshadow the improvements on the house themselves. There have been so many of these stories in the past.
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Your account is not active. We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. Every old house has its secrets - from hidden treasures in the crawl space and secret doors to creepy basement passages and dark attics filled with ancient valuables. The history is all around us, and if you look hard enough, you can find a treasure trove inside your home.
It was once a common practice to store witch's bottles within the walls of one's house to ward off a witch's curse. These bottles typically contained the urine, fingernail clippings, and hair of an individual, as well as nails, brimstone, and a scrap of leather or cloth cut into the shape of a heart with a pin punctured through the middle. The bottles were believed to lure negative energy away from the person and into the bottle instead. While numerous witch's bottles have been unearthed, their seals have almost always been broken, leaving their contents eroded over time. However, in June , a 17th century bottle with its contents still intact was unearthed in Greenwich, London. Far more morbid practices than witch's bottles were implemented during the 17th century to protect homes from evil spirits.