Woman Shares How She Navigates “Deadly” Victorian Staircase In Viral Video

Her house was built in 1774 and has a hidden servant’s staircase, or as she calls it, “a hidden killer.”

This homeowner has been regaling TikTok with stories about her amazing home but there is just one aspect that seems to be sticking in everyone’s craw. She’s got a “deadly staircase” that has attracted an awful lot of attention.

Kim Tierney (@bloomfieldfarm) purchased the property alongside her husband and they have been working tirelessly to make it look its best.

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Since 2018, they have been making the necessary changes. They had a lot of work to do, that is for sure. The property has been standing since 1774 and has been abandoned for at least 50 years now. Calling it a fixer-upper is an understatement!

The couple had a simple goal: They wanted to restore the house while allowing as many of the original pieces to remain present as possible. Now, they have amassed over 200,000 followers on TikTok and they regularly provide tours of the property. One video managed to draw more attention than the others. Yes, you guessed it, the staircase has become the main attraction.

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Kim explained that she had found a new way to get down the stairs each morning. There was just one catch. She would be “traveling the dangerous Victorian stairs.”

“Victorian stairs could be referred to as ‘hidden killers,’” Tierney elaborated in the text of the video, “Made too narrow, made too steep, with irregular steps.” She’s got way more courage than we do.

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We never would have even looked at these stairs, let alone spoke of them publicly. The staircases were apparently made with the purpose of allowing the servants to travel through the home without being seen. They wanted to save space and keep their rooms large. We are not sure how these servants were able to navigate these tight quarters.

According to Absolute History, historic building consultant Nathan Gros said that the staircase was “built of the cheapest softwood you could possibly buy — you’d be lucky if there [were] handrails.” That’s not all that he had to say, either. “Safety really wasn’t high on the agenda,” Gros continued, “Total death traps.”

If you would like to appreciate the scale of this staircase for yourself, please be sure to check out Kim’s awesome videos:


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