Just below the surface of Henry Hotz's three-story limestone house radiates a system of tunnels. Two meet under the chicken coup forming a 20 by 15 foot room with a cement ceiling. The third heads south through a hillside.
Since his death in 1945, teenagers have trespassed onto the property. Speculations about the tunnels' use ranged from devil worship to runaway slaves to Hotz murdering his family.
The real explanation lies in Hotz's eccentric mind. Suffering from insomnia, relief came by digging tunnels and mixing the sand with concrete to create tables, granaries, feed dishes and most of the structures on the farmstead.
Built in 1908, the Hotz house burned down in January 2009.