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JBody19
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JBody19

I was recently removing an old work bench in my garage and on the top was a long plank. I went to lift it and it was heavy. I got on my ladder and saw a bank bag. I thought I just struck it rich and when I picked it up and heard jingles, I got pretty excited. However, I opened it up and found about 50 bullets to a 38 special.

In the corner of the garage, I was tearing out the rest of the work bench and I found an old cigar pipe and as I removed the wood attached to the wall, what seemed like 100 packs of empty Marlboro's fell. Apparently, someone smoked and wasn't supposed to!

adamwesmith
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adamwesmith

Last year we were doing our first whole family flip. I was digging holes to plant trees for a border.About 12 inches into the hole,I found what I thought was a rope. I pulled it and it opened a cavity on the side of my freshly dug hole.Needless to say, I dug out what was in it. It ended up being a buried pet dog.Buried with the rope, actually it's leash, a harness, and dog bowls of food and water.I hurriedly reburied it for fear of some pet cemetary curse and promptly moved my tree. I would like to add this has happened more than once. I was digging holes for my fence and found a large human size bone. I never kept looking...

bspiwacky
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bspiwacky

When we moved into our 1860 farmhouse I wanted to make a path that the dog and I could take to get down to a stream in the park on the other side of our driveway. I was clearing away a large brush pile when I came to a perfectly flat stone. I pushed the remaining brush to the side and discovered a set of stone steps. That was interesting in itself but when I looked at the smaller stones that edged the steps I saw carved letters. Turns out that the flat, worked stones were actually three tombstones with matching footstones along with a fourth footstone that matched a tombstone a neighbor had found in 1961 when the land around my house was bulldozed for houses and a park. The stones were from the early 1840's and included four members of the family who had owned the dairy farm my house was built on. Two of the stones belonged to brothers who died from cholera on the same day. The smallest stone belonged to a baby who died at the age of "one year, one month, one day". The tombstones were laid upside down and served as the treads. The footstones were placed alongside to act as curbs. The stones now rest in the family cemetary a few miles away. But the bodies? No one knows. Who could have done such a thing? Again, a mystery.

logan176
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logan176

I always thought it would be cool to find something in the walls of my house. I bought a Cape Cod and I gutted the entire thing down to the studs... nothing found. However, I did leave the next owners a present. I know it sounds dorky, but a left a small box behind the shower, kind of a time capsule. It has some before and after pics as well as a short letter.

cherokee
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cherokee
logan176 wrote:

I always thought it would be cool to find something in the walls of my house. I bought a Cape Cod and I gutted the entire thing down to the studs... nothing found. However, I did leave the next owners a present. I know it sounds dorky, but a left a small box behind the shower, kind of a time capsule. It has some before and after pics as well as a short letter.

That's a neat idea -- I think I'll steal it!:D

cherokee
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cherokee

When digging in our yard for a garden and then later to plant a tree, I found a few arrow head looking stones and lots and lots of bricks (had to quit digging or there'd be no grass left - lol!) I went back to the fire maps and discovered this locale originally had both a small 1 1/2 storey structure and a small square 1 storey structure. Being we are on a small lot in town, I assume these are the outhouse and the barn/carriage house, and the bricks are the original foundations! I dug up enough to line my new flower beds.... maybe I'll go back and get some more for my next project???? I once read that people used to dump stuff into the outhouse, including dishes, silverware, etc., but have not found anything like that. However, the garden is doing very very well...

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Glass bottles dating back to the 1880's and other glass bottle and slag fragments. We were not surprised to find glass during our 2009 addition for which a new basement was dug. Next property over was the Star Glass Works factory, famous for creating the lock-top catsup bottle for Campbell Soup Co. The factory also made perfume and wiskey bottles and used a star as its trademark on the bottles. We live in the Manager's House adjacent to the Star Glass Works which operated until the 1920's in Medford NJ.

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