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); firstname.lastname@example.org