Woman 'Fell Into the Underground Railroad' After Exploring Cave 30ft Below Pennsylvania House

A woman was gobsmacked to find a house with a vast cave underneath, which is thought to have been part of the Underground Railroad, and later a prohibition bar.

Maya Moody was visiting her cousin Stephen Agyeman in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a "cook out," as they celebrated Juneteenth.

During the bash, Agyeman decided to give family members a tour of his basement, which is in fact a subterranean cavern 30 feet below his house.

Moody said: "Celebrating #juneteenth for the 4th, my cousin brought a few of us down to see the #cave below his basement. I'm just a girl who makes cheesecakes who fell into my cousins' cave while attending a cookout! 30 feet below my cousin's basement is a historical cave!"

The 39-year-old shared a clip to her TikTok page, @moodycakes, earlier this month, which she captioned: "That time I fell into the Underground Railroad."

It's been viewed more than 18 million times, and proved so popular she shared a second and third part as people demanded further tours.

Speaking to Newsweek, Moody, from Harrisburg, said: "I had never seen it before. I thought he was taking me to a man-cave at first. I was fine with it at first, but as I went farther down into the darkness, it started to feel like I should turn back. The rest of the house is ordinary. I have been there a number of times and had no clue this was there.

"The temperature didn't seem much different from the rest of the house. It had a very damp mold-like smell. Water was dripping throughout as it has rained a few days prior. It is a large space with nothing much in it."

She said Agyeman was aware of the cave when buying the house, and part of the reason why he purchased it.

"I think the history behind it is amazing—but that didn't stop me from still being afraid," Moody added.

Screengrab from @moodycakes video.
Screengrab from @moodycakes video. A woman claimed her cousin's cave was part of the Underground Railroad. @moodycakes

"I don't know where my cousin about to take me, he keeps talking about this cave," she says in the original video. Steven leads her down a flight of stairs, and he walks through a door to an area resembling a garage. She quizzes him asking him if it was a fall-out shelter.

"I think it was a safe place, part of the Underground Railroad," he says, opening a door which leads to another set of stairs. As they descend, Moody says, shocked: "There is really a cave in your house."

She falls while navigating the steps, but a few days later part 2 was shared, showing the business owner safe and well. The pair went back to the cave to give viewers a proper tour, with Moody pointing out a sign by the entrance which says: "Enter cave at your own risk."

Talking his cousin through its history, Agyeman said: "The cave is 30 feet underground. If there was some type of nuclear explosion, we'd be able to still drink the water because after it went through 30 feet of earth, it would be filtered.

"This part in the red brick, this is new. The dude who built the house built bridges, he built this part. That part over there, that's ancient. That was before the house, that was from when this place was a farm before the house was even here. That used to connect to a whole underground road, they built the street right there and closed it off."

Moody confirmed to Newsweek: "I'm not sure if we will go through the doors alone. I wouldn't know if the structure is safe enough to do something like that without professionals, but If my cousin decides to, I'd love to see what's there. Not sure about tours, but I believe they (my cousins) are throwing around ideas."

In part three, they head back to the cave, which is dripping with water, as Moody explains there are "thunderstorms" outside, with the ceiling covered in stalactites. Pointing out the rocky walls, Agyeman explains it's slate, and the roof was made from stone taken from the cave.

In the centre of the room, which stays the same temperature all year round, is a groove, which looks as if beams may have once lined it, which leads to a door at the end of the cavern.

Pointing to it, Agyeman explains: "They used to bring barrels of beer down here to store, from downtown Harrisburg, and they would roll them in on some contraption here, and roll them out."

Moody speculated the cavern may date back to prohibition, prompting Steven to clarify, referring to the cave: "This was before prohibition. During prohibition this was an underground bar. Which is pretty cool."

And referring to the creepy door, Agyeman said: "If we go through that door, that would take us to a street. But when this was a whole different world, it used to take you, before they built that street there, it connected to an underground world."

The Underground Railroad consisted of a network of people who offered shelter and aid to escaped slaves from the South. It developed as a convergence of various clandestine efforts. While there are no exact dates, it roughly operated from the late 18th century to the Civil War.

Meanwhile, Prohibition, which dated from the 1920s to the 1930s, saw the ban of manufacturing, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages.

Screengrab from @moodycakes video.
Screengrab from @moodycakes video. The cave is also thought to have been an underground bar during prohibition. @moodycakes

It led to the consumption and sale of booze forced underground, often quite literally, with illegal speak-easies popping up all over the U.S. The control and supply of alcohol was mainly overseen by criminal gangs, which saw an increase in violence and powerful mobsters.

Agyemanconfirmed he was "working" on getting a historian to come down to shed some more light on the cave's origins.

Numerous people commented on the clips, with Ash remarking: "This house seemed like it kept going and going."

Bless_Blessings thought: "I would be scared about what would come up to my home from the other side."

"This is both spooky and amazing! Is that place haunted by any chance?" Valerie Alexandria asked.

While Not Cayden joked: "You see the underground railroad, I see a bat cave."

Update 7/29/21, 4:13 a.m. ET: This article was updated with photos and video from @moodycakes.

Update 5/8/21, 4:30 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comment from Maya Moody.