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Discovery of hidden room halts demolition in Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

James Thornton was part of a demolition crew that was knocking down a home on the 200 block of Ann Street on Saturday, when a wall came down and they discovered a hidden room.

They were shocked and moments later they went inside and discovered a lot of old items and a tunnel.

Word spread quickly and the Historical Society stopped by the site. Thornton says they talked about that part of the home being a speak easy during prohibition and a possible shelter for slaves, as they made their way across the underground railroad.

"It is an amazing feeling to know that slaves made their way through Middletown," said Thornton, "I knew Middletown was the oldest community in the county, but I never imagined, it had this kind of history."

James says the contractor told him that demolition has been suspended and they will speak with borough officials to determine the next step.

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