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Salem Smugglers' Tour

192 Essex Street, Angelica of the Angels, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-578-9238
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Not what we expected

We were excited to see some underground tunnels. However, after waiting for and having to call our... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Laura B
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Phoenixville, PA
Fascinating insights into the elaborate, little documented, Secret Underground Tunnels of Historic Salem

Our guide, Chris, is very interesting and knowledgeable. He has a real feel and understanding for... read more

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Reviewed 6 February 2017
U7465CHjaniceh
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Tales from the books "Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City" and "Sub Rosa." Tales about the real murder behind the game Clue and how it led to an unaccounted for presidential assassination. Learn how Salem was behind the history of our national banking system. Tales of George Peabody and his bank we know as JP Morgan. Learn how JPMorgan Chase continues Peabody's economic cycles of economic depression every 20 years since 1837. Thomas Perkins, the man who started his Forbes nephews in his opium empire. Learn about the first tax revolt in America and how it led to the Witchcraft Hysteria. Charles Bulfinch, the builder of Boston who in 1785 started a public works project which created the Back Bay Neighborhoods by hiding tunnel and hill dirt in the mud flats of the Charles River. A project emulated in Salem by the son of America's first millionaire to dig three miles of tunnels to avoid Jefferson's custom duties. Information on this tour has inspired Janet Evanovich and Carol Perry mysteries set in the tunnels and the TV show the Librarians. Along the way you will see images of the tunnels, orbs, vintage Victorian and turn of the century Salem on our tablet.Plus you will hear some tantalizing and scary ghost stories only unique to this tour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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192 Essex Street, Angelica of the Angels, Salem, MA 01970
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

We were excited to see some underground tunnels. However, after waiting for and having to call our tour guide - we were disappointed to not get underground. There was a lot of information shared on the city which was nice, but it was a little...More

Thank Laura B
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Sorry, for your displeasure with our tour. We do list several times on our website that this is an above ground tour. If you had trouble seeing the pictures, all you had to do was ask to see them again. Also I was early for...More

Reviewed 6 February 2017

Our guide, Chris, is very interesting and knowledgeable. He has a real feel and understanding for the historic players; the local millionaires, business people and politicians from this richest city in the country at the time, and their elaborate scheme to create a full network...More

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1  Thank U7465CHjaniceh
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Thank you for the great review! Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 25 January 2017

Our guide was very friendly and informative. He was slightly late at the beginning, but made up for it.

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Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Thank you for the great review. It was a pleasure meeting you guys! Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 11 November 2016

I initially did the Salem Laughing Tour at 6pm(?) then the Salem Smuggler's Tour at 8pm on Oct 30th, which was just as exuberant as I imagine the 31st would be the next day, but less crowds; I parked some block north of the Park/Commons;...More

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Thank Jessa M
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

It was a pleasure meeting you! Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 2 November 2016

My guide was very knowledgable about the area, the history, and had some very interesting tales! I also found some interesting information about my favourite board game Clue!!

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Thank Dawn P
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

I am glad you enjoyed the stories about Clue and how it led to 3 unaccounted for presidential assassinations. More info in the new book Sub Rosa. Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 1 November 2016

First of all, we couldn't find the tour guide. We looked around the building that was advertised, but couldn't see anyone, a sign, or anything. We asked around, and nobody had any idea. Finally, we called, and Chris answered. He was standing about fifteen feet...More

1  Thank Sean U
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I bought three tickets for the Murder Mystery tour; the tour is inspired by an actually interesting old murder that happened in the 1600s or so and you walk the salem streets to sites involved in the murder. The tour guide had very bad delivery,...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

We took the kids to Salem to learn about the history, not just the witch tales. Chris was awesome and really brought the history to life. After the tour every time we saw 2 brick houses together with outside wall fireplaces our 9 & 8...More

1  Thank Cassandra Z
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Thank you very much! Maybe you guys will be able to show me some tunnels one day... Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 6 September 2016

The history of the tunnels beneath the town of Salem is discussed. Architecture of the tunnels and suspected entrances and exits are visited. Tour is great for any history buff who wants to learn about a very well kept secret...and the reasons why.

1  Thank MargauxsTravels
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Thank you for coming on the Salem Smugglers' Tour!!! Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 11 January 2016

fantastic tour very knowledgeable guide really brought it to life, we were the only people on the tour due to how close to Christmas it was and it was a true treat

3  Thank sean s
Management response:Responded 8 June 2017

Thank you for braving a cold day!!! Cheers, Chris

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Kristine S
2 August 2016|
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Response from Chris D | Property representative |
Children under 16 might get bored with all of the history. We do have a Youth fee of $10 for those over 14. Children under 14 are free. We do take $8 off the regular adult price for Youth ticket purchases.
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Linda D
1 May 2015|
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Response from Chris D | Property representative |
Hello, Sorry to see this so late. Yes I would think the tunnels could of existed back then, but not as elaborate as the extension in 1801. Some of the Old Planter families (original founders) had homes connected to the... More
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