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Virginia Man’s Hilarious Revenge For Obnoxious Traffic Is The Level We Should All Aspire To


Unless you enjoy long, stressful car rides, pretty much no one likes traffic. And when you’re forced to deal with the noise of it after you’re off the road, stress definitely piles up. But what if you mixed in some horse-drawn carriages and a very angry homeowner? Well, 200 years ago, one poor chap was tired of the traffic around his house… and he decided to do something about it. And the mark he left is still a spectacle to this day.

One Man’s Simple Desire

John Hollensbury was probably like any other hard-working man in the 1830’s: he wanted to come home after a long day and have some peace and quite. That being said, there was one thing standing in Hollensbury’s way: the cocophany of traffic noise wafting into his earshot. Considering that the traffic he overheard was made up of clopping hooves, it’s hard to blame the guy. But what he decided to do about it put his neighborhood on the map.

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An Extremely Creative Approach

Hollensbury lived on Queen’s Street, which received national attention after Hollensbury’s stunt. Much of the traffic near his home cut through the alley alongside his house, bothering him with the noise. Keeping in mind that the alley was likely public property is essential…because the legality of his revenge is still disputable today. But thankfully for Hollensbury, he held a glowing seat on the city council, and got away with one of the most fantastic pranks in history!

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His Astounding Solution

Since it’s a bit difficult to stop a massive horse with a spike strip, Hollensbury decided to go all out… and built an entire house in the alley. Though he referred to it as an extension, don’t be fooled. The thin, blue building could host over two dozen people! Most probably weren’t happy with his new installment. After Hollensbury died, you figure they’d rip down his angry creation, right? Nope…the house of spite still stands. But what is it’s purpose today?

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This Enthusiastic “Spite House” Buyer

Believe it or not, the little piece of history was auctioned off for the steep price of $135,000 back in the 90s to an enthusiastic buyer, Jack Sammis. Though the price tag was a bit massive for the 7-foot-wide, 25-foot-deep home, Sammis knew he had to have it from the moment it was listed. After some renovations and repairs, the abode was good as new for a plethora of events! But what exactly can you host in such a tiny space?A

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Making The Most Of The Space

Somehow, Sammis managed to find plenty of space in the home to live, party, and exist comfortably. He was able to have his wedding party on a patio he built after purchasing it, hosting nearly 25 people. And today, he and his wife, Colleen, love to invite guests over and show off the spectacular, spiteful house. “It makes the world a little more magical,” Colleen shared.

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