Estelle Jan 2007

Estelle Jan 2007
This is the home built by John Nelson

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Unveiling the Secret Room

Last week, we uncovered the wall(s) that hid the secret room in Estelle. We found a variety of unique items in the room. Mostly, there was dusty old insulation. But there were also a wide variety of rolls of antique wallpaper. Really cool patterns and pieces (small rolls) that had to date back to late 1800s or early 1900s. Apparently, someone used the room for satisfying a secret vice. We found an old Coors can with the can top that pulls off (rather than the current pop tops). And, there was a cute kids game- something like pin the tail on the clown's rearend. A handfull of empty wood sewing spools. And, an old hat - made of metal spring-like webbing. Quite unique.

Here's where the room was found - in the center of the house between two bedrooms and a closet.The room housed a chimney - but had enough room for several people to hid away. Someone at one point and time had a tiny access through the back corner of the closet, which would have been easy to mask. It had to be a great hiding place for BlackJack Nelson if the law showed up. You never know.

We've also closed in the bottom west porch and it will become a mud-room/sitting room with great windows to the west. Above it, we replaced the old porch with a new one, which we plan to use as a sitting room off the expanded Master Suite. It has phenomenal views of the Mendon/Wellsville mountains. And, the windows are large.

Oh, yeah, we tore down the old main floor bathroom so we could get ready for the footings to be poured (not done yet). While we were working, Anya wanted to poke her head out for a hello.

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