Mystery Table at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum
It looks like a normal antique table.
But, as the tour guide explained, when they went to move the table into the main room, it took five full-grown men to move it. Obviously this was no ordinary table. As the table shifted, they also heard a noise from inside that sounded like a piano.
No one seems to know exactly what the table is. It's... a mystery table. While there are seams on the top, there's no visible hinges and no discernible way to open the thing. It also weighs a ton, and the table top is a few inches in height, much like a pool table. Could there be a hidden piano inside?
It certainly doesn't look like a traditional piano. As I mentioned, there's no obvious way to open it, so it's anyone's guess as to whether there are hidden piano keys and other mechanisms inside.
After searching around on the web, I did find one possible explanation.
Pictured left is a cylinder-played music box piano from the late 1800s. It's like one of those self-playing pianos you see in old western movies. These devices are reportedly rare, so there's not much information about them available. The one pictured here is about 3 feet long which is almost as long as the one at the Harriet Beecher Stowe museum, give or take a foot.
Do the folks over at the museum have a secret music box in their main room?
One thing is certain about this mystery, it's not an easy one to solve. The only real way to answer the question of what's inside is to, of course, open it up. The only problem is that the table is like a chinese puzzle-box, and it's not giving up its secrets that easily.
According to the tour guide, anyone is welcome to give their theories on how to open the contraption, with much appreciation.