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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 a ghost tour!! It's a historical tour on early Salem and the development of New England and the... read more

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Reviewed 5 November 2017
joie412
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Lake Stevens, Washington
Lots of information, but not what I expected.

I thought that the tour guide was knowledgeable but seemed to veer off on various topics which may... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
QueenMemphis
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Cambridge, 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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Hours Today: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 November 2017

NOT a ghost tour!! It's a historical tour on early Salem and the development of New England and the people who lived then. The tour guide is informative, interesting and wont derail when you asked him questions. He's very knowledgeable about all kinds of subjects....More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I thought that the tour guide was knowledgeable but seemed to veer off on various topics which may it challenging to follow the history lesson. It also would have been great if he had a bit more energy and expression. I see all the positive...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

It was so informative and interesting. I learned a lot about the history of Salem. It truly inspires you to learn more! Thank you for a great tour.

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Chris D, Owner at Salem Smugglers' Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you! It was great to meet you! Hopefully you enjoy the books Sub Rosa and Salem Secret Underground! After reading them you will learn about all the dirt you can dig up on Salem and how they have shaped our nation. Cheers, Chris

Reviewed 17 October 2017

I thought that this tour would be different from all of the other tours and teach us awesome things about underground tunnels, and why the game is called the clue. Instead, I felt like this was one long history lesson that I didn't want to...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

This was by far the most boring tour I've gone on in Salem. There are a few interesting parts about the history but all you do is walk around the Commons and talk about the houses in that area and tunnels underneath Salem.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I enjoyed hearing the stories about old Salem and the underground tunnels. The guide was very knowledgeable on many subjects and stories. My family enjoyed it overall. It was a little too long for a six year old boy, but still good.

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Chris D, Owner at Salem Smugglers' Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you! It was a pleasure spending sometime with you. I hope you find many more amazing things to do in life! Cheers, Chris

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

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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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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

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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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