“Discovering Hidden Treasures”: 140-Year-Old House Reveals Fascinating Artifacts and Secrets

In 1854, Leavenworth became the first city in Kansas. It was like a starting point for people going west to Oregon and California. Nowadays, many old buildings in the city are still standing and are popular for tourists.

Thad and Robin Krasnesky bought a 140-year-old, 9,000-square-foot home in 2021. They feel like they’re not just homeowners but are taking care of its history. They shared their story with KCTV5 News and talked about finding interesting things in and around their old house.

They discovered a hidden room when they moved some shelves. Inside, there was a metal thing bolted to the stone. They found a walled-off room with one hole filled with dirt. They began searching the house for hidden treasures.

On top of a 12-foot bookshelf, they found a Civil War-era presentation cane and a pocket watch. They returned these antique items to the owner’s heir. In another room, behind a non-functioning transom, they found a nook with books like “The Scarlet Letter” and “Ben-Hur” from 1907.

They also explored the attic, finding raccoons, HVAC problems, and strange sounds. Krasnesky found two jars of silver coins from 1916 and the 1890s under a loose floorboard.

Krasnesky, who is an investment counselor and a writer, believes old houses should have hidden treasures. His friends help him search for more treasures, and they even have metal detector parties around the house, raising money for the historical society.

Krasnesky made a Facebook page called Krasnesky Manor for Wayward Cats to document his finds. He plans to continue searching for treasure as long as he lives in the house. The house has a long history, going back 140 years, and he wants it to stay that way for years to come.

As he does renovations, Krasnesky puts current newspapers, coins, and notes throughout the house. 

He wants to bring joy to the next caretaker and make the house feel like a time capsule.

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