GEORGETOWN — Rosie Amos thought she had broken the house.
As the 8-year-old came down the steps, she grabbed the cap of a newel post. It came off in her hand.
"Mom, I did something terrible," the child confessed.
Rosie's mother, Amy Amos, 28, was not angry; the house is well over 100 years old. She was, however, curious.
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She shone a light down into the hollow space inside the post, which narrowed toward the bottom. She saw paper.
She fashioned a tool with tape on the bottom and brought up what turned out to be a love note from 1912.
It was date May 30 and written by Agee Lancaster who, according to U.S. Census documents, would have been about 11 years old, to a girl named Edna.
The childhood romance might not have been destined to last: Ten years later, an Agee Lancaster from Scott County, Ky., would marry Edith Ireland, also from Scott County, in Indiana, according to FamilySearch.com.
The Agee Lancaster letter in Georgetown is in pieces and appears to have been burned around the edges, although the handwriting is still clear more than 100 years later.
Agee obviously went on from being the sweetest child ever in puppy love to being someone's husband, perhaps someone's father and grandfather. Amy Amos is certain that someone out there knows what became of Agee and Edna, and she would love to share the letter with them.
That's not all the Amos family has found since moving into the Gano Avenue house near downtown Georgetown in 2014.
The Queen Anne Victorian brick home near downtown Georgetown originally was known as the Emma K. and B.M. Herndon House. Inside, it has high ceilings, original woodwork and elaborate fireplaces.
Beneath the burgundy tile of the fireplace in the foyer, Amy Amos found an index card with a "friendship pledge" between Loretta Thomas and Gwen Cranfill.
Gwen Cranfill Curry was a professor and chair of the English department at Georgetown College. She died in 2013 at 77.
What happened to Loretta Thomas is unknown. There is at least one other woman with the maiden name Loretta Thomas in Kentucky, but she lives in Owen County and is not the Loretta Thomas from the Georgetown note.
Marcie McGuire, Curry's daughter, said her mother lived on Gano when she first moved to Georgetown, and that she mentioned her friend Loretta.
The Amoses have three children — Rosie, Ada, 4, and Henry, 18 months. They are trying to adopt a fourth child, Igor, from the Ukraine. Both 28 and from Lexington, the Amoses have birthdays a day apart.
Tyler Amos works at Toyota in the Lexus division. Amy is a photographer, blogger and at-home mom.
Amy Amos thinks there is also a possibility that there are other historic items in her family's house. It has a full basement that the family has not fully explored.