My old boss' house was just loaded with mysteries. It dated back to the industrial revolution, and different owners had added to it since.
One of my jobs was to "clean the basement". OK, so I'm moving things around and there's a low door hidden behind the paint cans. (There were a LOT of paint cans). It looks like it has a dirt floor, but in the back it's just stone that slopes up and hits the wall. I'm kind of curious, so I start scratching at the dirt. I get a few inches down and I hit cement. Who put a cement floor there? When? How did that much dirt get there, in that smooth a layer?
That room also had a deep tank of some dark reddish fluid. It doesn't look like it's attached to anything, and Boss Lady can't identify it, so I glove up and take it out in buckets. Finally I can see what's in the tank...an old rusted out car engine. Hunh. How did that get there? What was with all the water?
Another job I had to do was kill the poison ivy in the yard. I'm working on it, and all of a sudden I notice berries. They look a lot like raspberries. I carefully move the poison ivy, and sure enough, there are raspberries canes there. I ask Boss Lady, and she never planted raspberries. So either the raspberries are a lot older than they have any right to be, some stranger planted them, or they've been growing wild. I didn't spray that area.
Another time Boss Lady asked me to clean out the jam cellar. What's a jam cellar, I ask. She points out a door under the patio. I go in, start moving around the lawn furniture, and (you guessed it) another random door. Which lead to a tunnel with a bed-shaped platform and another door. Which lead into the rental property next door. Judging from the age of the houses, I'm guessing it was part of the Underground Railroad, but what has me baffled is the topography of the place. I tried counting steps, and there is no way to get all the way between the houses with the length of the tunnel.
Really. Half the time I worked there I could hear the Zelda theme playing in the background.