Black Dan; Daniel Webster

Sam the Eagle you Say…

Daniel Webster a character in Sub Rosa.

Daniel Webster. His son marries Stephen White’s daughter and his brother-in-law marries the other daughter. Webster prosecuted innocent men for Stephen White to get away with murdering his uncle. The two would go on to assassinate President Harrison.

Not only is he the basis for the Muppets Sam the Eagle, he was one of the three most powerful senators in America leading up to the Civil War. He was controlled by Stephen White who was the murderer in the real life murder the game Clue is based on.

These two, along with Henry Clay, planned the assassination of President William Harrison in attempts to restore a new national bank. Stephen White lived on the Salem Common. Here Webster would visit and President Andrew Jackson would be expelled for not renewing the Second Bank of the United States Charter.

To find out more book tickets for the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the historic Salem Common today! Also read Sub Rosa and Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City
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Superior Court Justice Joseph Story

The Great Interpreter of the Constitution…

Joseph Story Smuggler in Salem MA

Man who shaped the Constitution, Associate Supreme Curt Justice Joseph Story. Brother-in-law to Stephen White. He is the most responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution we follow.

This man has created the interpretations of the U.S. Constitution we still follow today. Along with his brother-in-law Stephen White who controlled him they defended the Second Bank of the United States from all comers till President Jackson did not renew the bank’s charter. In 1811 Joseph Story, Stephen White, Joseph “Jr.” White, Joseph White, Senator Nathaniel Silsbee, Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Crowninshield, and opium dealer Thomas Perkins all received new mansions from agents of Baring Brothers Bank to restore a new national bank after the First National Bank of the United States lost its charter for being controlled by the Bank of England.

After the War of 1812, to settle America’s war debts the Second Bank of the United States was chartered which ended up being controlled by the Bank of England. All of these men became directors in the Second Bank of the United States. Many of their houses are on the Salem Common and are connected together by tunnels.

To find out more book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the historic Salem Common. http://www.salemtunneltour.com
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Charles Bulfinch the Architect of Washington D.C.

The Tunnel Guy…

Charles Bulfinch was hired after he gave President James Monroe a tour of the tunnels he built throughout the Boston Back Bay Neighborhoods. In 1785 he developed an elaborate public works project taking down the trimounts in Boston to fill in the mud flats of the Charles River. It proved to be a convenient ruse to help him hide all of the tunnel dirt from the State House, governor’s mansion, and various Beacon Hill mansions.

After he gave the president a tour of Boston, then they toured Salem through the tunnels that emulated his Boston project in 1801 by filing in 5 ponds and a river leaving the Salem Common. The tour went through Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Crowninshield’s , Stephen White’s, Joseph “Jr.” White’s, Superior Court Justice Joseph Story’s, and Senator Nathaniel Silsbee’s homes by tunnel.

Bulfinch will restore our capitol after it was razed by the British during the 1812 War and connect all of its major buildings by a series of tunnels that are at least 4 levels deep. To find out more book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the Historic Salem Common! http://www.salemtunneltour.com
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Chief Justice Parker and the Game Clue

Who had a Clue…

His grand cousins, the Parker Brothers, would purchase the game Cluedo and rename it Clue because of his mysterious death. The most famous Victorian American Murder was of the privateer Joseph White in 1830. Chief Justice Isaac Parker would die 3 days after saying he never felt better and never missed a day on the bench. It was 3 months since Joseph White was murdered and Parker died the night before the trial. Three days later Daniel Webster came to Salem to be the prosecutor in the murder. Parker was despised by Webster for a hang jury verdict on a libel case resulting from accusations of Webster being a traitor during the Hartford Convention.

Isaac’s cousin William Parker lived off the Salem Common and so did Joseph White who was the victim. William was the Parker Brother’s grandfather and smuggler in Salem. White’s nephew Stephen committed the crime and had others hanged for the murder, under his uncle Joseph’s orders who was dying already.

To find out more book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the historic Salem Common today!  Also read the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin your tour guide.
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Take a Journey on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour

Did You Know the Real Murder behind the Game Clue Led to a Presidential Assassination…

Chris Dowgin tour guide of Salem Smugglers' Tour.

Your guide and Author Chris Dowgin.

Salem’s best kept secret based on the book Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa. This is the most original Salem Walking Tour in town that reveals all the secrets under your feet and in American history.

Did you know you can tie the 2008 Financial Collapse, the Federal Reserve, the game Clue, 3 Presidential Assassinations, and our involvement in Iran and Afghanistan to Salem’s past?

Take the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the historic Salem Common and find out more! http://www.salemtunneltour.com
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The Philips School and Hocus Pocus

Barbecue Witch Anyone….

This was the location of the school in Hocus Pocus. In 1992 on the 300 year anniversary of the Witchcraft Hysteria Elie Wiesel dedicated the memorial and Disney filmed Hocus Pocus. In this building in the film the three witches are burned in the incinerator. While filming, Disney did not think the Common had enough leaves and colors so they shipped massive dump trucks to the park. Today the steeple is missing on the building, along with most of the steeples in Salem. Also my neighbor Miss Fitzgerald was one of the original teachers in the school who died not too long ago at 99 years old. After knowing her for 15 years I realized she was retired longer than I was alive.

To hear more stories about the Salem Common book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour of the Historic Common today!

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