"Salem Secret Underground
:The History of the Tunnels in the City" Available
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SALEM WALKING TOURS ABOVE THE
TUNNELS IN TOWN
We offer a Salem
walking tour and a truly unique Salem ghost
tour illuminating the history of our ancient smuggling
tunnels built by our founding fathers within the Federalist
Party and their ghosts. Salem walking tours are available
on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 4pm and 8PM
touring the above ground route the tunnel takes pass
the homes, stores, and banks of the famous smugglers,
privateers, and politicians who built them. You will
learn on your journey through Salem about the American
architectural style that was built just to hide the
tunnels entering the buildings. On this truly unique
Salem tour we will pop open the cover of two old tunnels
and peer in (unfortunately someone filled them up.).
See the haunted buildings attached to the tunnels and
hear the stories about them. Take a trip though the
above ground route of the Underground Railroad in Salem.
Learn about the man who recruited the first black regiment
during the Civil War. On your expedition through Salem
you will pass the homes that Presidents George Washington,
John Quincy Adams, and James Monroe entered into the
tunnels from! See the buildings the architect of the
National Capital built that are connected as well. Learn
how our nation's first National Guard filled in 5 ponds
in the Commons just to hide the dirt from digging the
tunnels. Along the way you will also see photographs
of orbs, tunnels, sealed entrances, and the people who
built them. The Salem walking tour of the tunnels in
town lasts 60 minutes. One of the leading Salem, Ma
We will also be posting special
events in buildings attached to the tunnels as they
become available, so keep checking the Ticket Page for
new walking tours...
A Salem Walking Tour of our Founding
In 1801 a series of Senators, Congressmen,
Collectors of Customs, Generals, Murderers, Pimps, Gamblers,
Privateers, Pirates, Bootleggers, a Supreme Court Justice,
a Secretary of the Navy, and a U.S. President conspired
to extend the tunnel system in town to avoid paying
Jefferson's Custom Duties on Imports. Elias
Hasket Derby Jr. , son of this countries first millionaire,
constructed an elaborate plan with 144 subscribers to
fill in the ponds in the local commons and flatten the
hills while hiding the dirt from the tunnels. This plan
connected the wharfs to a secret underground train station.
Along the way the tunnels would connect to the homes,
stores, and banks of these subscribers. All in full
view of Joseph Hiller who was head of the Custom House.
He was a fellow Mason and subscriber as well. After
Elias' improvements in the Commons he convinced a series
of politicians and merchants to construct two grand
Federalist brick mansions next to each other at fixed
distances throughout town. These brick mansions had
three reasons to be built. One was to hide the purchase
of bricks needed to construct the tunnel to that point.
Second they needed the exterior chimneys to provide
structural support through their fireplace arches in
the basement to connect the tunnels to. Lastly the flues
in the fireplace arches was used to create a draw system
to circulate air into the tunnels from various manholes.
These subscribers moved cargo from their ships to their
homes to store. From there they would move the cargos
of raw materials to their clients or finished goods
to their stores. All duty free. This is truly a one
of a kind Salem tour. A highlight of Massachusetts tourism.
Each generation since then has found
new uses for these tunnels. Leading up to the Civil
War, abolitionist used these tunnels as part of the
Underground Railroad. Charles Lennox Remond and his
sister Sarah Parker Remond used the smuggling tunnels
that led out of their fatgher's catering business in
Hamilton Hall to move runaway slaves through. In one
old bank two runaways had died and are still interned
in a cement coffin in a basement of an old bank. The
tunnels were also used during Prohibition. The basement
of Bunghole Liquors is attached to these tunnels. During
Prohibition it was a funeral home with a speakeasy in
the basement amidst the formaldehyde tubes in the wall
and the corpses. A local museum still uses these tunnels
to move their artifacts from building to building. In
fact this museum has always had a tunnel leading to
the sea to move their treasures from foreign ports.
Are they still using them? They recently have bought
up three buildings that are attached to the tunnels
in which their museum used to reside in. Are they keeping
secrets? The founders of this museum still have a secret
clubhouse on top of the local hotel. A very exclusive
club with strict membership requirements. Do our local
Masons still use these tunnels? They did in the nineteenth
century. In fact many help build them, like Elias Hasket
Derby Jr. and Joseph Hiller!
Salem Ghost Tour
Also along the way on this Salem walking
tour we will show you the haunted buildings connected
to the tunnels for a truly haunted ghost tour! Places
the other tours do not know about! Ghost stories mixed
with smuggling and illicit politics! Just let your guide
know you are interested in our Salem ghost tour and
he will incorporate more paranormal stories into the
tunnel tour. Our tours can be shaped for your preference
which has helped us become one of the leading Salem
tours in town!
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