Hidden Treasure Behind Walls of Home

A Winona woman who considers herself a history buff finds a hidden treasure hidden behind the walls of her home.

Ten years ago Annette Shepardson and her family had just moved into their first home and while remodeling made a historic discovery.

"We had taken out a window in the upper story and the contractors actually found these letters there. We assume they fell from the attic."

Shepardson didn't know it but she had just discovered a hidden treasure, letters more than 150 years old.

"As I opened them up and started reading them, it was obvious it was a letter from a husband to a wife and vice versa, because there are several letters. As I started reading them, I was enthralled by what they were saying the content was really interesting."

Some of the letters were dated 1853 and talked about everything from sickness to personal beliefs.

"My favorite piece is here. it's just a partial fragment but it actually is talking politics and has referring to John Wesley and then it says George Washington and John Adams. To see their names was so neat."

The letters aren't the only discovery Shepardson made… she also found a mystery dagger.

"This doesn't have any story with it. Just by looking at it has some sort of symbol or language on it that I'm not sure about. It does look handmade out of silver.”

Shepardson says sometimes she'll just sit and read her favorite pieces of local history for enjoyment.

"Some of the letter talked about gold and the land of dreams and it talked about being delighted with Winona so those are the little pieces I like the most.”

Shepardson says she's looking into preserving the letters to make sure they last for an even longer time.

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