Woman Reveals How She Walks Down Her Dangerous 'Death Stairs' Built in 1890

A woman has revealed how she walks down the "death stairs" in her 18th-century house, which were originally used by servants.

Kim and her husband, Rod, bought Bloomfield Farm in Virginia, a few years ago, and have been restoring it ever since.

The sprawling fieldhouse was built in 1775 and has a rich history, with the structure retaining many original accents.

While not original, one noteworthy feature is the "deadly" staircase leading down to the kitchen, which was added in 1890.

Initially used by the servants, Kim shared a clip to her TikTok page, @bloomfieldfarm, explaining how she navigates the stairs, and why they're so "dangerous."

In the clip she says: "In the mornings I first check to see if Molly [her pet dog] is there. And if Molly isn't there then I use a different pair of stairs to go downstairs to have coffee.

"And these are the stairs. These are the Victorian servant stairs, and they're so dangerous. I have to go down sideways, and hold on. See how narrow they are."

The on-screen captions go into more detail, saying: "Taking the Victorian servant stairs in the morning.

"Victorian stairs could be referred to as "hidden killers." Made too narrow and too steep, with irregular steps, the servants' staircase was a deadly construction.

"Add the weight of carrying trays or the complication of long skirts the stairs could easily prove fatal."

The video, captioned "constructed in 1890 for use by the cook & servant who lived above," has been watched more than four million times since being uploaded last month, and can be seen here.

Due to the popularity of the clip, Kim shared some follow-up videos going into more detail about the main staircase, built in the 1700s, as well as her adorable pet.

"For those asking, we have a front set of steps, and their coolest feature is that they split, to go to one side of the house, or the other side of the house.

"And then these are the back Victorian stairs. They start out completely normal, like real stairs. Then they turn, and here's where they get deadly.

"Your foot hangs over that much, on one of them, and it continues that way," she said.

Filming her foot on the step, it was clear exactly why one single misstep could prove fatal.

The on-screen caption explained: "Normal tread 11 inches, these 6 inches *5 inches short."

And her 13-year-old dog's significance was also revealed, as Kim claimed her pet sometimes waits outside the door for her. And if she is, they take the front staircase down "because she can't do the death stairs."

But if Molly isn't here, she takes the much quicker route, via the servant stairs, to the kitchen.

"I guess Molly does decide my fate every single day," she added.

Commenting on the original clip, Kelandry wrote: "These remind me of my stairs here in Japan. So dangerous! But this house is gorgeous!!"

Isabelle Philp joked: "Molly day or death stair day!!"

Although Gladys pointed out: "But also people were tiny back then. Have you seen a pair of Victorian shoes?! They're like kids size."

Their social media pages have charted their renovation and restoration of Bloomfield Farm.

After initially seeing their new home, they raved about it on their YouTube page, and shared more about its past.

They wrote: "Built by the La Rue family in 1775—the home and hundreds of acres stayed in the family over a hundred years. A published diary was written by Lucy Buck while she stayed in the home for a month during the Civil War when it was owned by her Uncle Colonel LaRue and his immediate family.

"This house & land changed between the North and South dozens of times during the war. Horses were hid in the seller to keep them from being stolen by the 'Yankees'. So much history in this house."

Newsweek reached out to Kim for comment.

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