BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – A hammer taps away at a weathered box containing treasure.
The time capsule that was once hidden in the cornerstone of the old Dille mansion is being opened for the first time in 77 years.
“I’ve know that time capsule was there since my mother told me back in ’54,” said Mary Tischer, a long-time resident of Bellbrook.
Tishcer joined a crowd of hundreds to see what was inside the box closed off from the world since 1937.
The time capsule was discovered when the farm along Feedwire Road and Wilmington Pike was leveled to make way for new developments.
But the box tells a story when the property was one of the more iconic spots in the area.
“The Patterson’s had a party when they built the house,” said Tischer. “They invited all their friends to bring a picture and they put it in a time capsule.”
It just so happens Tischer’s parents were at that very party.
Seven decades later, she found a picture of herself that her parents left behind in the time capsule.
“I wasn’t a bit surprised,” said Tischer. “I knew there was a party and I expected to find something from the party.”
For others, what they found was a look back at the historic property.
Several photographs of the original owners were included with newspapers dating back to May 1937. A horned toad, speculated to be a child’s pet at one time, was also well preserved inside the metal capsule.
It is a peek into the past bringing back memories for a property that has since moved toward the future.
“You never passed down Wilmington Pike that you didn’t look back to the right to see what was down that private lane,” remembers Barry Tiffany, Sugarcreek Township Administrator.
For Tishcer, though, a photograph long forgotten has taken her back down memory lane.
Joining her were hundreds of others eager to find pieces of the past that are still being discovered.