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When a New York The couple were told that their 100-plus-year-old home was built by a notorious smuggler, passing him off as a small town legend.

But during a recent home renovation, the couple discovered something that revealed that the legend could be true.

In early October, Nick Drummond and Patrick Bakker said they found more than 66 bottles of whiskey from the Era of prohibition hidden between the walls and the floor of his house, which was built in 1915.

“Our walls are full of lots of alcohol!” Drummond, who documented the unexpected finding in a series of social media posts, wrote on his Instagram. “I can’t believe the rumors are true! He was actually a smuggler!”

The couple had been living in the house located in the small town of Ames, located about three hours away from New York, for just over a year before they decided to begin major renovations two months ago.

Drummond, a designer and historical conservationist, told CNN he was removing the outer skirt along the back of the hallway attached to the house when a mysterious package fell off.

Something from the illegal whiskey stash.
Something from the illegal whiskey stash. (Instagram)

“I’m like what is that? I’m very confused,” he said. “I’m looking and there is hay everywhere, there is paper and glass … I see another package and it is this bottle of whiskey.”

“I’m like shit. This is like a whiskey stash. And this is like, all of a sudden, the full smuggler story.”

Drummond continued and found more contraband packages of whiskey under the floorboards after entering the lobby through a hatch discovered within the floor. He said the couple keeps finding more bottles.

“Initially we found seven six-packs on the wall and then at that point we found four more packs and actually fun enough that less than a week ago we found more,” Drummond said.

The liqueur is a brand of Scotch whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today. Each bottle was wrapped in tissue paper and straw and packaged in a six-pack, Drummond said.

The original owner of the house was a German known as Count Adolph Humpfner.

After investigating newspaper articles and various legal websites, Drummond said he discovered that Humpfner was known to be a mysterious man in the city and was involved in many scandals. He died a sudden death and left the smuggled liquor, as well as a much-disputed fortune.

The series of discoveries prompted Drummond to continue documenting the renovation of his home on social media. Followers have come forward to participate in learning a new story about the house and its owner smuggling.

The couple plan to leave the bottles they found empty or evaporated in the house, and sell the bottles they found full. The filled bottles are estimated to be worth about $ 1,000 each (A $ 1,356), Drummond said.

The couple said they will keep one of the filled whiskey bottles to prove it.


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