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Rare stash of Madeira discovered by US museum

Two years ago, a US museum discovered a stash of Madeira wines dating back to the late 1700s, making them almost as old as the country they were found in.

Staff at the Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in New Jersey found three cases of Madeira wine from 1796 and 42 demijohns from the 1820s while working on a six-month restoration project of its wine cellar, reported NJ.com.

The museum believes it to be the largest known collection in the US, and one of the most extensive in the world.

It is thought to be the largest collection of old Madeira wines discovered in the US, with many of the bottles thought to have been shipped to the early residents of Liberty Hall, once home to the Livingston and Kean families,  ahead of John Adams’ presidency.

“We knew there was a lot of liquor down here, but we had no idea as to the age of it,” Liberty Hall president John Kean told NJ.com. “I think the most exciting part of it was to find liquor, or Madeira in this case, that goes back so far. And then trying to trace why it was here and who owned it.”

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