Get Lost in Vermont – The Shelburne Tunnel

One of the fictional places to visit in Vermont that you won’t find in any travel guide. Even the locals don’t know about them.

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THE SHELBURNE TUNNEL

The Shelburne Tunnel was a strange and mysterious place, a hidden passage that had remained undiscovered for decades. Ed, a housing developer in Vermont, had stumbled upon the tunnel by accident while working on a new development site. He had noticed a piece of concrete that shouldn’t have been there, and, being the curious sort, he decided to investigate. As he dug deeper, he found a massive cavity beneath the ground.

Without anyone else there to stop him, Ed descended into the hole and found himself in a long, dark tunnel. The walls were adorned with flowery red wallpaper and the floor was carpeted in a velvety purple. The edges were trimmed with bright white marble, and there were train tracks built into the floor for a small rail car. Ed shone his flashlight into the darkness in either direction, but all he could see was the tunnel stretching out before him.

As he walked deeper into the tunnel, he noticed that it was impeccably maintained, with no signs of water, animals, or decay. He walked for twenty minutes, mostly uphill, until he reached the end of the tunnel. There, he found a French-style sofa and an N.C. Wyeth painting hanging above it. On one side, there was an old-fashioned elevator with manual accordion doors that could take anyone up to the surface.

Although the elevator had no power, Ed was able to use it to escape the tunnel. He lifted the grate above the sofa and peered out, only to find himself outside the meeting house at the Shelburne Museum. He then walked back in the opposite direction, westward through the tunnel, until he reached its far end. There, he found another empty elevator, a couch, a Wyeth painting, and a pair of roller skates. Above this sofa was another grate in the ceiling, and when Ed lifted it, he could see that he was directly beneath the foyer of the Inn at Shelburne Farms.

According to Ed, the Shelburne Tunnel had been built in the 1930s or 1940s by the Webb family as a way to visit their various properties during the long Vermont winters. The Webb family were known for their wealth and their eccentricities, and it seemed that this tunnel was just one of their many peculiarities. Ed, however, had no desire to expose the tunnel’s existence, and upon returning to the worksite, he sealed the hole and placed a shed on top of it to keep it secret. For more than forty years, Ed dismissed rumors of the tunnel and other hidden passages as hogwash, even as the whispers persisted.

Despite Ed’s efforts to keep the tunnel a secret, rumors of its existence continued to circulate. Some even claimed that there were other hidden passages in the area, including one that ran from Electra Webb’s brick house to the museum’s general store. It was difficult to know what to believe, but there was no denying that the Webb family were more than capable of building such a system of underground passages to keep themselves entertained during the long Vermont winters.

Today, it is difficult to find any evidence of the Shelburne Tunnel, either at the museum or at the inn. Someone has taken great care to cover up any trace of its existence, leaving only the word of Ed and the faintest of whispers to hint at its mysterious past. But for those who are brave enough to delve into the unknown, the Shelburne Tunnel remains a tantalizing mystery, a hidden treasure waiting to be rediscovered.

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  1. Sebastian says:

    It feels like these stories are being told to you over beers at a shady bar. And Ed sounds like a character I want to hear more about 😀

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