You can live with someone for a lifetime and still not know that they led a completely secret life. One particular Redditor experienced this phenomenon nearly twenty years following his grandparents’ passing. The events of this story surround Redditor EvilEnglish’s inherited property following his beloved grandparents’ passing on. In time, you will see just why this Reddit user kept their real title a secret, too!EvilEnglish became dedicated to selling the dusty farmhouse, but he had to undertake a thorough tidying process beforehand. Believing that he could discover several objects of worth in the place he played in so innocently, EvilEnglish was oblivious to the fact that he was bound to uncover something mind-blowing. He unearthed a massive enigma within a closet which his grandparents had kept under wraps for decades…
The Sunny Property
It was towards the end of 2017 that Redditor EvilEnglish shared his insane tale involving locked away secrets. He commenced with an introduction of his upbringing at the farmhouse during lovely summer breaks.
Initially, the home (whose original construction date is lost in time) and the area around it served as a thriving farmstead. Quickly following EvilEnglish’s grandparents’ tying of the knot, they bought the property, nestling in it for a lifetime while striving to turn it into a livable abode. The farmland around the area had been mortgaged by several holders not long prior to their property’s buying.
Leaving The Southern Heat
Not long after their wedding, the couple abandoned their apartment located deep in a southern state and relocated to the house. This was a place which EvilEnglish’s grandparents thrived in for almost two decades. They purchased the property somewhere between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, fleeing the torturous summer blaze of the Southern states. Just where the elderly couple migrated from was not revealed by EvilEnglish, but it’s certain that Tennessee features summers far more pleasant than the drawn out and intense ones suffered in the Deep South.
The couple transformed the cute and tiny farmhouse into an admirable abode. They saw it as the ideal location to start a family and find prosperity in. This would also be an appropriate spot to bury various secrets away from loved ones…
The enigmatic couple quickly gave birth to their children, appearing as moral and good residents of the small Tennessee community. Their pals and relatives regarded them as the picture of an ordinary and joyous family. Their commitment to forming the American Dream across time led to the establishment of a cozy abode with little motivation to ever leave.
EvilEnglish’s parents then matured, pack their bags, and left the nest, finally going on to fostering their own family. Although the new family proceeded to flourish, the beautiful farmhouse continued to be their favored spot for summertime getaways. As these holidays proceeded, the couple entered elderly life side by side. EvilEnglish revealed that most of the happiest days in his life happened in his grandparents’ farmhouse. Of course, time is everyone’s enemy…
Destiny And Time
It was in 2006 that the aged couple passed on. Gratefully, they met their ends gently and calmly. The rest of the family mourned their elders’ moving on for days afterward. Although they were proud of the fact that the pair had lived a lengthy and fulfilling marriage, there was the challenge of adapting to life with them out of the picture.
Following EvilEnglish’s grandma’s funeral, the rest of the relatives scratched their heads as to how to deal with the nostalgic Tennessee farmstead. Of course, they couldn’t abandon the adored property to darkness and decay. Pressingly, the remaining relatives were struck as to how to ensure the property’s happy future…
Although the father of EvilEnglish would officially inherit the property, the family were united in their feelings of sadness when trying to remain there. As a result, a distant relative found a home in the property. EvilEnglish’s father would then pass on too, only years following his parents, and the isolated property changed hands once more. Rather than leave it abandoned, EvilEnglish had profitable plans in store.
EvilEnglish described how when his father passed on back in 2009, they strived to secure the property as a sellable property. The place required a laborious cleansing toward being presentable for sale. He could never have expected that two decades’ worth of mysteries waited for him.
No Small Labor
The property required many tiny fixes prior to being sold and the dusty stuff within had to be managed. Despite understanding how challenging this task would be, EvilEnglish happened to be the favorite grandchild and was committed to getting it all done. It was his opinion that the home deserved to host another happy and prosperous family.
The Redditor came to the Tennessee property not knowing just how big a job was then in his hands. The home was not just facing decay, his grandparents turned out to be quite the hoarders!
The Committed Collectors
As it turned out, EvilEnglish’s grandparents had turned their home into a massive sentimental junkyard. He found himself overburdened with the clutter stuffed into the place. Was it within reason to attempt clearing it all?
In time, the Redditor’s opinion of the task shifted. He came to the realization while working around the property that this was the perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with his elders. He quickly began fantasizing of buried treasure. No one could have guessed just what kind of wonders, though.
The busy Redditor soon started locating fascinating trinkets as he made his way through the abandoned homestead, saying that, “My grandfather was an avid sportsman and enjoyed collecting various firearms. And my grandmother was a collector of coins and other antiques and curiosities.” After just hours following his arrival, EvilEnglish dug up his grandfather’s firearm collection!
EvilEnglish proceeded to rifle through the possessions, remembering the tales which his grandmother would tell him. These fairytales would often include pirates and their booty, with the odd true adventure enjoyed by the old lady, despite being questionably fictitious. It didn’t matter though, EvilEnglish loved to think they all had actually occurred. He had no idea that he was on the verge of discovering his grandparents’ mysteries buried from the world.
The Redditor quickly commenced compiling his elders’ possessions within the dining room before making his way through the property. He placed the objects within the living room as well as the bedrooms. Things were proceeding happily, and the grandson made far better progress than he previously thought within his first 24 hours there. The cupboards and storeroom still needed attention, however. He was amazed at just how many treasures he discovered there, realizing that his biggest task had come to the surface.
At this stage, little that had been collected could be called priceless. Still, EvilEnglish reveled in this rewarding mission at his old holiday home. He experienced a stronger connection to his beloved grandparents. Finishing a long and rewarding day of sorting, the man headed to a bedroom, dedicated to emptying out the wardrobes the following morning.
Exploring The Depths
The Redditor greeted the morning sun thrilled to get back to missioning through his grandparents’ valuables. Upon inspecting the wardrobes the previous evening, he became thrilled wondering about just what he could discover. Things didn’t turn out very rewardingly, however.
Dumping the ocean of clutter took most of the day! The Redditor’s grandparents did not stuff their wardrobes with treasure, but with broken and ancient objects, such as decommissioned telephones and crumbling kitchen appliances. Following the closet emptying, it all seemed ordinary, except for a particular oddity which froze EvilEnglish completely. Astonishingly, this property possessed no carpeting, except for the freshly emptied wardrobe. Just why a carpet lay only there was quite suspicious.
The Enigmatic Rug
The Redditor was convinced that there was more to this cupboard as soon as he saw the carpet. His grandparents had never kept any kind of carpeting in their property, with EvilEnglish recalling how they adored the hardwood flooring installed.
Despite being struck with all manner of theories, EvilEnglish failed to land on anything concrete. His initial suspicion was that this rug could be a pricy antique, however, as seen in the picture on top, whatever value it held had long faded with time. Maybe, the Redditor pondered, it had been inherited by his grandparents? Of course, the age of the home meant that it preceded the days of carpets! He became committed to the sole method for discovering the truth…
The Plan Hatches
The Redditor’s fascination brought him to scrutinize the carpet. He carefully searched it and saw just how filthy and broken it was in various spots. Finally, dead tired after a long day of work, he decided to make his way back home. The burning curiosity over the carpet remained in his mind, however.
The strange sensation stayed with him to the point where he decided that the carpet had to be taken care of. With his gear in hand, he commenced tearing the carpet away, thinking that this would be his final chore before heading to bed. Incredibly, the Redditor found the shock of ages beneath the torn material.
As EvilEnglish began yanking the carpet out of the edges, something seemed to have cracked beneath. He initially believed that his elders installed the carpeting to obscure a cracked foundation, praying that this would not reveal further work to be done! Following this worry, EvilEnglish dedicated an especially cautious effort to not falling through an unstable floor!
Following several minutes of unpeeling the carpet from the ground, EvilEnglish eventually uncovered a sizeable square section of pale steel within the floor. He saw that this strange surface had a wooden handle attached to it. Completely perplexed, the repairer saw that this wooden handle was removable…
The Shocking Find
The Redditor was anxious as to what lay beneath, but he did not hesitate to bend over to remove the handle secured to the steel cover. Although he had initially believed that this would reveal rusty piping begging for a fix, he instead discovered something far more complex.
As it turned out, the wooden handle gave way to a safe dial! All the pieces were coming together in the repairer’s mind. This rug concealed a safe, one he hoped stored secret valuables! His rationality evaporated instantly as he remembered all those treasure hunting tales which his grandmother had told him. Of course, there was the issue of the combination to crack!
Seven Days Of Searching
As one could expect, EvilEnglish became obsessed with opening the safe. In a telling Reddit update he described how he span the wooden cover off the lock. It was now time to attempt all the possible combinations which came to mind.
“I spoke with my Mom, and she said that my grandparents had a safe in Florida, and the combination was my Dad’s birth date. She also recommended trying his Social Security Number as a back up to that. None of the combinations are proving successful.” EvilEnglish spent the next few days scouring through his grandparent’s possessions, searching for clues to the correct number sequence. The next seven days involved countless failed attempts. Finally realizing that he needed some expert help, he decided to contact a locksmith.
The Safe Cracker
The treasure hunter contacted a nearby locksmith, a gentleman by the name of Tim, summoning him to the property in the hopes that he could bust the safe open. The locksmith rushed to the property, of course, excited to help EvilEnglish in his ambitious efforts!
Incredibly, the safe’s defenses were challenging even for an expert. The Redditor remembered how after just half an hour of investigation, the locksmith admitted that if he knew just what awaited him, he would have passed the task onto a colleague. This appeared to be a backbreaking job, with Tim having to hover on top of the drill in a cramped space.
The Invincible Vault
Incredibly, Tim spent most of the day trying to crack the safe open. It didn’t help that EvilEnglish hung over the locksmith’s head with anxious expectation. What felt like days passed as the two gentlemen toiled in the uncomfortable and confined space. Still, nothing could dampen their excitement!
Half a dozen hours passed by the time the climactic safe cracking finally came to its conclusion! The locksmith had finally done it, and the dedicated pair were trembling with nerves as they looked into the safe…
No Turning Back
When the safe’s cover swung out, the locksmith and the Redditor were confronted with a pile of bricks and rocks with a small water pool. As expected, they were rather perplexed. When EvilEnglish looked at the pile of bricks, he knew there was more to this sight.
He described how, “I remember that there was a pipe leak in the house a few years back. I’m sure some of the water from that had accumulated in the safe.” Although it all seemed like rubbish, what appeared to be a pile of crates or books appeared. Could it be that he’d found the famous ancient valuables his grandmother had told him about in his childhood? Obviously, a deeper investigation was needed, so he started digging around…
The industrious pair felt forlorn as they commenced scooping out the objects out the safe. Initially, when they took out the bricks, they believed that this safe they had toiled over merely protected a collection of empty crates, a handful of coins, and some rusty coins, as well as some rotten books ruined by water.
It was when EvilEnglish started giving up on his treasure hunt that he began inspecting the ‘junk’ better. It soon dawned on him that this collection was actually far pricier than was first believed. Further, more valuables waited for them deeper in the vault…
A Trip In Time
The unlikely pair discovered a whole load of buried treasure when they carried on uncovering it with the clutter inside the safe. When EvilEnglish looked closer at the coins, it was like he was being taken on a trip through history. It soon appeared like the majority of the safe’s contents had been created centuries ago!
EvilEnglish realized that the safe’s contents were certainly costly. Of course, his grandparents wouldn’t have stuffed this secret spot with junk. EvilEnglish became particularly taken with a book filled with coins from 1937. Although he was new to valuable currency, he was assured that this collection would fetch a handsome price.
Vintage Currency Fanatics
As the Redditor continued heaving out the old currency out the safe, he remembered just how fascinated his grandparents had been with coins. This investment in minting started seeming like an obsession as he and Tim unearthed thousands of pennies. A grin started spreading on EvilEnglish’s face when he considered his grandparents’ love for coinage, this heavy pile formed out of international money.
The Redditor and the locksmith discovered plenty of later minted coins, as well as many which appeared to be phenomenally rare. Tragically, there was much which could not be salvaged…
Despite some of the contents being ruined by water damage from a leak in the roof, the majority of the coins made it out. Although the moisture had rotted the coin books, the actual metal discs were in amazingly fine condition. They were overwhelmed with just how many coins had been unburied, many being held in plastic rolls, with others sadly kept in paper ones.
The looters also discovered a huge amount of dollars bills, but they were sadly far beyond repair thanks to the effects of being soaked. Despite uncovering a lot of secret goodies in this safe, EvilEnglish was saddened to have to trash the bills.
The Unique Signature
Although most of the bills had suffered too much rot to be presentable, EvilEnglish dug up plenty of valuables which may have been sellable. These included bills signed by none other than 1968’s Secretary of Treasury!
As pictured above, you can clearly see the penned signature on this note. This discovery was even more significant due to how this particular secretary had only filled the role for around a month! To his great joy, the Redditor discovered a veritable goldmine! The special notes were just the tip of the priceless iceberg, as the treasure hunters would soon discover…
EvilEnglish put the currency to one side and resumed his gold mining. To his delight, he uncovered numerous pure silver bars, which his grandparents had cleverly paired with the original paperwork. The Redditor was assured that proving the silver’s legitimacy would be straightforward.
Incredibly, the silver and coins were not the end of EvilEnglish’s good fortune as he stumbled upon what looked like a rusty toolbox. He was not going to risk any further destruction. This case could have been the crown jewels! Once more, EvilEnglish was overcome with the jitters!
The Enigmatic Box
After some work, EvilEnglish managed to breach the rusty toolbox out the safe. Incredibly, rather than tools, the dedicated treasure hunter found jewelry! Although there were various pieces which were again hit by the leak, EvilEnglish became ecstatic at how most of the jewelry had been preserved. The bounty featured various pocket watches, wallets, and a bunch of silver and gold pieces. The Redditor was blown away. There could have been no clues that the elders had dedicated most of their careers to hoarding this magnificent haul of rarities. How could have his grandparents have never mentioned in life or their wills that such a trove had been sealed away? This point troubled EvilEnglish…
The Humble Furniture
Curiously, the Redditor became even more suspicious of the secret stash upon shifting it out of the sealed room. His mind burned with all manner of questions, such as why his elders had never bothered to reveal the pirate stash to them. It was then settled: the Redditor would turn the house upside down looking for any other secret gems. His search eventually brought him to an ordinary coffee table, which was extraordinarily placed…
Initially, EvilEnglish merely passed off the faded table as more trash to be cleared out. But when he failed to remember its presence before while growing up, a lightbulb popped up in his head. The table had to be thoroughly investigated! Upon removing a drawer, a very strange point of interest caught his attention…
The Nastepna strona Bounty
What could EvilEnglish have found in this drawer? You guessed it, another safe! Secret stash number two was bound to be brimming with gems, or so he thought. His elders had to be praised for their squirreling abilities! In merely a couple of days, the youthful gentleman uncovered two of the deceased relatives’ major mysteries.
The excitement continued pumping. EvilEnglish made his way to a workbench and placed the new safe, and had little trouble prying open the tinier lockbox. This find was not very kosher, as it turned out. In fact, it was rather sinister!
You might have remembered that EvilEnglish’s grandfather was a gun nut? Well, EvilEnglish wasn’t that surprised to find the second safe stuffed with a vintage arsenal. He didn’t really know what to do with these historical weapons, as clearly your everyday gun store wouldn’t happily buy these undocumented pistols.
EvilEnglish would then carry on scouring through the property but failed to stumble upon anything remarkably interesting. It was now time to face an intense moral dilemma: whether to preserve his grandparents’ dear heirlooms, or pawn them off for a huge amount of money?
EvilEnglish decided that he needed some help with this tough choice, so he decided to share his story with the globally populated message board, Reddit. Here he detailed the entire story we’ve been exploring together and how much secret bounty he had stumbled upon.
Plenty of the more upstanding Redditors urged EvilEnglish to keep the valuables within the family, as mementos of the adored grandparents. Some believed that the extent of the decay the treasures suffered meant that they wouldn’t fetch more than a few hundred dollars. Then there were those who insisted that these antiques still held a lot of worth, despite having crumbled over time…
Calling In The Experts
Luckily for EvilEnglish, a particularly experienced coin collector instructed him to keep the various currencies, as their antique status would still be highly valuable, despite their less than perfect condition. It was crucial that EvilEnglish should keep any old-time money he found, regardless of their damage.
To add to the antique expert’s advice, another user mentioned that, “Just so you know, anything from 1964 or older is 90% silver worth about 20 times the face value of the coin. $0.50 = $10, $0.25 = $5, $0.10 = $2.00 … not to mention those silver bars!! They’re worth about $22.10 per ounce.”
Life Goes On
As one can imagine, EvilEnglish and the relatives who were close to the grandparents became emotional having discovered these valuable mementos. After paying the locksmith for his services, the relatives agreed to split the hoard fairly and auction any leftovers. So, what did EvilEnglish keep? A collection of coins which constantly remind him of the fantastical stories his grandmother would impart on him.
There was still the issue of the unclaimed bounty. Our latest update revealed that the family were torn between delivering the objects for auctioning and private sales with collectors. We can’t be sure what happened, as although a portion of the valuables were seen in auctions, the fate of the rest of the takings remains a mystery, and perhaps for the best…
Strangely, EvilEnglish would end up disappointing the large following he’d generated online by removing most of the posts which discussed the whole treasure hunt ordeal. He wouldn’t leave everyone hanging for too long, however, as he eventually lifted the NDA and explained himself.
Sometimes Its Better to Be Safe Than Sorry
Not all EvilEnglish’s Reddit post commenters were benevolent, however, with some even promising him that they would find his location and rob him! For the sake his own protection, he cleared out the story from Reddit. We can only take away from this situation that if you happen to inherit a large amount of valuable property, do not rush to share it with the world until you have sold everything!