Everyone loves the feeling of finding money that they’ve forgotten about – whether it’s down the back of a sofa, in a jacket pocket, or at the bottom of a handbag they haven’t used in a while. Well, imagine that feeling – but multiplied. That was the case for one Reddit user – who we know only as EvilEnglish – when his family tasked him with clearing out his deceased grandparents’ house to get it ready to be sold. Resigned to a couple of days of arduous, dull work, EvilEnglish had no idea what was in store for him.
The old Tennessee farmhouse that was full of happy, carefree childhood memories contained a secret hidden treasure that was waiting to be uncovered. It turns out that his beloved grandparents were keeping certain things out of sight – and they’d both taken the secret to the grave with them. EvilEnglish discovered the mysterious safe, however – and managed to access the contents inside. And lucky for us, he documented the entire thing online. Don’t miss this incredible story of discovery in the most unlikely of places!
The Farmhouse in Tennessee
Our story starts in the southern states of America – Tennessee, to be exact. We know the subject as only “EvilEnglish” – a Reddit user that posted his story online in 2017. He began by recalling the many holidays he spent at his grandparents’ house in Tennessee when he was a child.
The building had originally been built as a farmhouse, although the exact date of construction is unknown. However, when EvilEnglish’s grandparents bought it after they got married, they lived in it full time and transformed it into a welcoming family home.
Escaping from the South
EvilEnglish confirms this at the very beginning of his Reddit post, writing: “The house was a home for my grandparents for some 20-odd years. They bought this house in the late 70s or early 80s to escape the oppressive summer heat of the South.”
Although EvilEnglish didn’t specify where it was in the South that his grandparents moved from, the Tennessee countryside would provide a welcome relief to anyone who was used to the long, hot summers that stretch across all of the Southern states. It’s an ideal place to raise a family and then spend your retirement.
A House Full of Memories
His grandparents began their married life in their new home and community. They raised a family in the house in Tennessee and saw no reason to ever move away from the idyllic life that they had created. True to their word, they both grew old in that house together.
It was a happy place, according to EvilEnglish, and the location of many family get-togethers over the years. Whole summers were spent there, as was every Thanksgiving and Christmas. To put it simply: the house was full of wonderful memories.
Making Decisions for the Future
Of course, this couldn’t last forever, and it was extremely sad for EvilEnglish’s relatives to lose the heads of their family. Although they mourned their loss, they took solace in the fact that they had both led long, fulfilling lives – and they died happily.
Also, both had easy, painless deaths – which is all you can hope for when an elderly loved one passes away. After EvilEnglish’s grandmother’s funeral took place, the family knew their next job would be to decide what they would do with the house that held so many fond memories.
A Tinge of Sadness
The beautiful old farmhouse in Tennessee was now sitting empty and served as a stark reminder of the fact that its elderly residents were now gone. Instead of bringing comfort to the family, it brought a tinge of sadness to what was once such a joyful place.
It was, therefore, decided that none of the elderly residents’ children would move into the house. Also, most of these children – as well as their own children – were scattered around the world so the upkeep would be difficult should they choose to rent it out.
Letting the Memories Go
Instead, it stayed empty, officially being passed to EvilEnglish’s father. Neither he nor any other family members went back there again, though. A few years later and, sadly, EvilEnglish’s father passed away – and suddenly, the farmhouse in Tennessee was being passed down a generation again.
“My father passed in 2009, and we’ve been working to close out his estate and traveled to the farmhouse to prepare it for sale,” EvilEnglish wrote on Reddit. The entire responsibility of cleaning and selling the house was, therefore, left on EvilEnglish.
Starting a Daunting Task
Incidentally, EvilEnglish had been the closest to his grandparents out of all their grandchildren. Although he knew it would be difficult to spend time there and go through all their belongings, he was happy to do the job and felt ready for it.
The task was somewhat daunting – after all, it was a big house, and there was only one person. EvilEnglish was undoubtedly expecting a challenging job – but he had no idea that he’d end up finding much more than just memories in his grandparents’ old farmhouse.
Clearing Out Old Memories
EvilEnglish knew that there would be plenty of memories hidden around the house, as his grandparents had been avid collectors for most of their lives. They were notorious for holding onto all kinds of things – most of which had a specific memory attached to them.
Walking into the farmhouse, EvilEnglish realized that he’d probably learn an awful lot about his grandparents that he never knew, as a result of looking through their personal belongings. It was an exciting prospect, and EvilEnglish began daydreaming about what he might find. Who knew what they might have collected in the past and forgotten about?
Remembering His Loved Ones
After all, EvilEnglish stated that “My Grandfather was an avid sportsman and enjoyed collecting various firearms. My Grandmother was a collector of coins and other antiques and curiosities.” Additionally, he had previously found remnants of his grandfather’s pistol collection in the house.
His grandmother used to read him stories of treasure islands and sometimes used to fascinate him with the stories of her own real-life adventures. Although she denied it all later, he liked to believe that these stories were true. It was more interesting that way – and knowing his grandmother, they weren’t out of the question!
Sorting Through Their Lives
EvilEnglish began the arduous task of sorting through his grandparents’ belongings and cleaning the entire house. He approached the different areas one by one: first, the dining area; then the bedrooms; and later the outdoor areas. It went pretty smoothly, according to his account, and it wasn’t long before he was finished.
So far, nothing surprising had been uncovered – and indeed, no treasure! Even so, EvilEnglish had somewhat enjoyed being in the Tennessee farmhouse once more as he felt close to his grandparents. And whether he discovered anything or not, it had to be done so they could sell the property.
The Hardest Part Is Yet to Come
However, he soon realized that he’d only done the easy part. The storeroom and closets were remaining, which he knew would be the most challenging aspect of the whole job because they were absolutely packed full of his grandparents’ belongings.
There was no way he’d finish it in one day – he’d have to spend the night and complete the work the following morning. Resigning himself to one more day of sorting through his grandparents’ things, he went upstairs to one of the bedrooms and settled down for the night.
Disturbed By a Strange Noise
According to EvilEnglish’s account of the story, during the night, he was disturbed by a strange noise. Unable to ignore it, he went to investigate and realized it was coming from downstairs. He followed the sound to the closet underneath the stairs and opened the door, wondering what he’d find.
As the door swung open, a large bundle of objects fell down in front of him, and a mouse ran out. Well, that was the noise must have been – and where there’s one mouse, there’s bound to be others. Looking at the objects that were now on the floor, EvilEnglish realized he had a lot to do in the morning.
Sorting Through The Closet
The following morning, EvilEnglish woke up ready to resume the task of sorting through all of his grandparents’ personal belongings. Remembering the closet full of things that he’d seen last night, he began to get excited about what he might find in there.
Unfortunately, he was left disappointed. It had been filled with all sorts of old objects, be it a wired telephone or a rusty kitchen stove. It took EvilEnglish hours before all the useless objects were removed, and the closet seemed empty. However, surprisingly, there was a carpet on the floor – but there were no carpets anywhere else in the house.
The Mystery of the Carpet
Something about this carpet didn’t seem to fit, in EvilEnglish’s opinion, and he began to wonder about it. His grandparents never had carpets in their house because they were particularly fond of wooden flooring, which was used everywhere. There wasn’t another room in the house with a carpeted floor.
Why, then, would they get this one carpet – especially for a closet? It just didn’t make sense – there must be more to it or a plausible explanation. Could it have been an expensive vintage piece, even though it was dirty and tattered now? EvilEnglish decided to investigate further.
The Start of the Discovery
Although EvilEnglish was tired of cleaning out the house and ready to go home, there was something strange about the carpet in the closet that persuaded him to stay. Scrutinizing it, he saw it was somewhat dirty as well as torn in a few places. It definitely wasn’t a carpet anyone potentially buying the house would appreciate in a closet.
Deciding it had to go, EvilEnglish began the difficult task of ripping it off the floor. Once that was done, he thought, he would have finished and would be able to head back home. Little did he know that a moment of shock was just around the corner!
Ripping the Carpet Off
As EvilEnglish started to peel off the carpet from the different corners, he realized that it felt as though something was broken underneath it. That added to his curiosity – had the carpet been put there to hide a broken floor? He moved exceptionally carefully, in case it wasn’t stable or safe.
Finally freeing the carpet from the floor, EvilEnglish noticed a round shape had been cut out of the floor then placed back. He was even more confused now – why on earth would anyone damage their floor like that? It was completely spoiled! It certainly didn’t seem like something either of his grandparents would have done.
A Cut Made By a Chainsaw
It looked as though someone had used a chainsaw to cut a circle out of the floor and then placed it back in the same place. EvilEnglish knew that the old couple didn’t even have a chainsaw in their home – the only sharp objects in their home were the knives in the kitchen. His grandparents certainly hadn’t been keen on DIY or construction.
So, did it mean that this cut was there before his grandparents bought the house? But why would anyone do that? Surely the only reason would be to hide something. And this posed another question: had his grandparents known about this? EvilEnglish began to grow nervous.
Revealing the Hidden Safe
Deciding to ignore the feeling of nervousness in the pit of his stomach, EvilEnglish reached down and removed the circular piece of wood from the floor, unsure what he would find underneath. However, to his surprise, this complicated the mystery even further.
EvilEnglish could see that there was a safe hidden under the floor – removing the wood allowed him to reach down and get it. All inhibitions now went out of the window, and EvilEnglish began to get extremely excited, imagining the treasure that could potentially be hidden inside the safe.
Trying to Guess the Combination
Immediately, EvilEnglish tried to get into the safe, but it wouldn’t budge. “I gave the handle a tug, but it wouldn’t budge. If you twist the handle, it will still spin,” he wrote on Reddit. Then, he tried every single possible combination he could think of in the hope that one would be correct.
EvilEnglish continued: “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 SSN as a back up to that.”
A Disappointing Combination Failure
However – much to his disappointment – EvilEnglish’s next Reddit update was: “None of the combinations are proving successful…” It seemed as though no one was going to be able to guess the combination successfully, so maybe it was time to try the manufacturer.
The next update was as follows: “I called Major Safe Co., now known as American Security, and confirmed the unlock sequence. Left 4x then #, Right 3x then #, Left 2x then #, Turn back to the Right until it stops.” But still – to no avail. It was beginning to look impossible.
A Week-Long Struggle
Frustratingly, this was the case for an entire week – nothing he could do would get it to open. It began to seem to be an impossible task, and there were moments he felt like giving up – but who could turn down the possibility of seeing what was inside?!
By now, EvilEnglish was updating people on Reddit about this mystery safe daily, and his followers were extremely interested in keeping up to date with his efforts to unlock the safe. After a week or so, however, EvilEnglish finally gave up and called a locksmith.
Trying to Locate a Locksmith
However, it wasn’t to be that simple. As EvilEnglish wrote on Reddit, “I called several locksmiths in Tennessee, but it is impossible to get someone to come out on a Sunday up there (the whole city shuts down about noon on Saturday).”
“Couple that with a 20-mile drive back to town to get cell service. Will try to head back up on a Friday and deliver,” he continued. Eventually, he found a locksmith called Tim who was able to get to the farmhouse quickly. Finally, EvilEnglish would get some answers to his questions regarding the contents of the safe.
Introducing Tim, the Locksmith
Tim reached the farmhouse as quickly as possible. It was the kind of challenge most locksmiths would be happy to take – after all, who knew what kinds of riches and treasure would be uncovered once he opened the safe?!
No doubt, he was hoping that this would pay off big time – with any luck, EvilEnglish would be so overjoyed with the fact the safe had been opened and would reward Tim with some of the contents. It might have sounded like a long shot – but it was worth it, just in case.
Regretting Decisions and Commitment
However, it wasn’t easy at all for even a professional to unlock – and fairly soon, Tim was regretting his decision to drive all the way to the farmhouse and commit his services to what was now apparent to be a tough task.
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As EvilEnglish wrote on Reddit: “[Tim] said about 30 minutes into this that if he had known what he was getting into, he would have referred the job to someone else. It looked like a complete pain in the ass to open this up. He had to keep his weight above the drill, and the workspace was very uncomfortable.”
The Painstakingly Difficult Work
All in all, it was painstakingly tricky work – especially when there was so much suspense involved regarding the contents of the safe. EvilEnglish could barely contain his excitement, which added to the pressure Tim was under. All in all, it was a tense time for both men.
Tim worked on the safe for hours. There were mixed feelings of nervousness, as well as excitement, from both him and EvilEnglish. Finally, Tim was successful – the wait was over at long last, and the safe was unlocked. Both men felt victorious even before they looked inside!
A Keen Interest in Collecting
EvilEnglish couldn’t wait to see what opening the safe would reveal. He was aware of the keen interest that his grandparents had in collecting different types of items. His grandfather used to collect pistols as well as sports memorabilia and spent hours sharing the stories behind each and every collected object with his children and grandchildren.
“My Grandmother was a collector of coins and other antiques and curiosities,” EvilEnglish wrote on Reddit. She had collected coins since her childhood and had hundreds of them in her collection. No doubt some would be kept in this safe.
The Safe’s Grand Reveal
Underneath the lid of the save, there was a heap of bricks and stones with water all around it. That was extremely confusing, at first – why on earth was there water in the safe and how did it get in there? Then, EvilEnglish suddenly put the pieces of the puzzle together.
“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,” he wrote in his next update on Reddit. That must have been how the water got there – EvilEnglish just hoped it hadn’t ruined everything.
Going Back in Time
As EvilEnglish removed the rubble, the treasures became visible, and it was like going back in time. It looked as though everything inside the safe belonged to an entirely different era – and, indeed, everything did.
The first thing that he picked out was a coin book from 1937 – he knew the date because it was written inside the book. The coins themselves must have been important, if not extremely valuable, for someone to keep them locked and hidden away like this.
The Beginning of the Discoveries
EvilEnglish was only just beginning to discover the safe’s hidden treasures. “The moisture in the safe makes the covers very mushy, but the coins inside are in surprisingly good shape!” he wrote. However, it was regrettable that the water had destroyed many of the objects.
At least the coins were fine – in fact, they looked as though they were in reasonably good condition. But there were many more things inside the safe, and not all of them were waterproof. EvilEnglish knew that he’d just have to salvage what he could and not worry about the items that had been destroyed.
A Passion for Coins
It soon became apparent that EvilEnglish’s grandmother had more than just a passion for coins – it was arguably a borderline obsession! There was more than one coin book in the safe, and it made EvilEnglish smile to think of his elderly grandmother giving so much care and attention to her beloved coins.
Most of the coins discovered were standard issued versions, but some pieces in this collection were rare. What EvilEnglish wasn’t aware of that many of these ordinary-looking coins were actually holding a lot of worth.
Rendered Unusable from the Water
“Lots and lots of coin boxes! I knew my Grandmother collected coins, but I thought we had found all of them!” EvilEnglish wrote. “There were so many rolls of coins down there. Some of them were in plastic tubes, but more were unfortunately in paper tubes.”
The coins weren’t the only money inside the safe, however. There were also many dollar bills, but unfortunately, these had been entirely ruined by the water and, therefore, rendered unusable. EvilEnglish was slightly disappointed to have to throw them out, but then he discovered even more.
Adding to the List of Treasure
Lifting up the coins and the ruined money, EvilEnglish stumbled upon some of his grandfather’s old possessions. Instead of silver coins, there were multiple pure silver bars in the safe – and, also, all the relevant information regarding the silver’s manufacture. There was no doubt that the owner would be able to prove its authenticity and value!
Beneath the silver bars, EvilEnglish discovered an old rusty box. Although it looked like a small toolbox, it was hiding the biggest secret that the safe was keeping. EvilEnglish was filled with excitement – why would anyone hide a toolbox inside the safe?
The Mystery Jewelry Box
The “toolbox” was, in fact, a jewelry box. It had been filled to the brim with gold and silver jewelry, as well as pocket watches. Even though some of the things were ruined by water, most items were in good condition. EvilEnglish couldn’t believe his eyes – he never would have guessed his grandparents owned possessions such as this.
It was clear that his grandparents had spent their lifetime in collecting so many things. But what made them keep it all a secret? Why did they hide it all away? EvilEnglish was convinced that there must be some kind of explanation.
Taking to the Internet
Taking to the internet again, EvilEnglish shared the final pictures of what he found inside the safe. His followers were left amused and gave mixed opinions about the worth of the “treasure” that had been uncovered. While most of the commenters said that they thought it might be worth a fortune, others noted that the items look so ruined that they would probably make less than $100.
This understandably confused EvilEnglish, who was unsure whether he should get the loot valued to try and sell it, or just keep it for himself as a memory of the grandparents he had so adored.
Yet Another Safe Mystery
However, the treasure hunt wasn’t over yet. There was one more safe inside the house – one that EvilEnglish knew about. It was installed in the coffee table, and with a lot of expertise, he broke it open to find out what was hidden inside.
This had undoubtedly been his grandfather’s idea. The safe contained a lot of pistols and money. The money was Barr notes; a scarce kind. Joseph W. Barr was once the Secretary of State, although he stayed in the position only for 29 days. But it was there in front of EvilEnglish, stored safely in his grandparents’ safe.
Deciding the Way Forward
EvilEnglish took to the internet again and asked for his followers’ opinions. However, he decided to keep the coins as memories of his grandmother. After all, it not only reminded him of his childhood but also of the precious moments he had with her. But what about the rest of the treasure he’d found?
People on social media offered many opinions and suggestions about what could be done with everything he had found. People’s interest had suddenly been sparked, and many people were ready to pay a reasonable amount for what EvilEnglish had uncovered in the Tennessee farmhouse.
Contemplating All of the Options
Of course, EvilEnglish – and later, his family – would have felt emotional after finding possessions belonging to deceased loved ones. But after this subsided and they decided what they wanted to keep for themselves, they were left with a few options as to what to do with the rest.
They could either approach sellers privately – and possibly sell items individually – or take the whole lot to auction in the hope of receiving a handsome amount of money once it was sold. After all, collectors often pay a much higher amount for antiques than their market value.
The Experts Offer Advice
A commenter on Reddit who also happened to be a coin collector wrote that if coins are in a safe, they have collector value, which is much more than face value. “Notes are often collectible as well, check everything, even if damaged they can still have great value,” he continued.
Another commenter advised: “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.”
Once a Mystery, Always a Mystery
Well, as intriguing as you must be, it might come as a big shock for everyone that EvilEnglish deleted all the posts related to the treasure as well as the findings. This was strange for the followers who grew a keen interest in knowing about the belongings.
EvilEnglish kept it a secret about what he did with the treasure and everything related to it. It was a huge disappointment for all the people who were trying to help him in the first place. We have to accept that it’s more than likely a mystery that will never be solved – although we hope he made a small fortune and is enjoying it somewhere!