Salem: 90-Minute Above-ground Smuggling Tunnels TourProduct ID: 38039
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- Take a unique walking tour of Salem that highlights past underground smuggling activities
- Learn about the connection between the founding fathers and big business in the 19th century
- Hear how the tunnels were used in the Underground Railroad and during Prohibition
Salem is home to several museums and libraries that were sanctuaries for America’s most learned men and authors. These sanctuaries are filled with items that arrived secretly through the tunnels.
A Justice of the Superior Court, a Secretary of the Navy, senators, congressmen, Masons, and pirates convinced the son of America’s first millionaire to extend the tunnels that link the town with the wealthiest port in the nation so they could avoid paying custom duties.
These are tunnels that U.S. presidents John Quincy Adams and James Monroe walked through.
Imagine tourists buying trinkets in souvenir shops unaware that beneath them these tunnels were traversed not so long ago by carts filled with mojo bags from African witch doctors, tikis from Polynesian medicine men, shrunken heads, fingers of Saint John the Baptist, Romanov crown jewels, Blackbeard's skull, and more.
So bring along your family, friends, or colleagues and learn how this sleepy seafront town shaped American history, for good or bad.
- Above-ground tour of the tunnel route
- Admission to the tunnels
Friday through Monday, the 15:00 Downtown Tour meets at 32 Derby Square at Old Town Hall facing Front Street on the stairs. On Thursday, the Downtown Tour meets at 20:00 at the same location. Friday through Monday, the 20:00 Historic Commons Tour meets on the Salem Common entrance closest to the Hawthorne Hotel. Thursdays it meets at the same location at 15:00. (Open in Google Maps)
Product ID: 38039