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House for Sale: Barnstable, MA

From there we walked down the sloping part of the lawn to the property’s mystery feature. It’s a tunnel running from the front lawn into the basement. It was probably used, said Clyde, by runaway slaves who’d hidden in ships traveling up to Cape Cod from Southern ports. We walked through the tunnel (we easily stood upright in it), and then Clyde showed us additional evidence that the Isaac Davis House was once part of the Underground Railroad: a hidden-away trap door leading from the cellar up into one of the upstairs closets.

Drifting through our mind during the drive home to New Hampshire that day were several questions–such as, If that trap door wasn’t for escaping slaves, what was it for? And Why was the tunnel built so large you could stand up in it? Why would there be a need to stand? Oh, and one other: Has anyone ever heard of a Hungarian Vizsla?

For details, contact Eleanor G. Claus, P.O. Box 1089, Barnstable, MA 02630; 508-221-0961 (cell), 508-375-6468 (home);

Updated Monday, April 20th, 2009

2 Responses to House for Sale: Barnstable, MA

  1. Jane Isaac May 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    The name of this house caught my attention since our younger son’s name is Graham Davis Isaac! Unfortunately, as a single recent college grad living in a studio apt in Washington, DC, he is not a likely candidate for purchasing this lovely property. But thanks for sharing it in the magazine!

  2. Sandra Carr May 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    It is a lovely home and I wish I were in a position to purchase it.

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