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Chris Dowgin Tour Guide of Salem Smugglers' Tour

Your guide Chris Dowgin is known to everyone in Salem. It was said of him once "If you have been in Salem for 15 minutes and haven't met Chris, something is wrong. Iconic with his 6 ft. long scarf and a jug of milk in hand he has been accused of being in multiple places at the same time. He is the author of Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City, Sub Rosa and 12 other books. He is a noted Salem scholar and gentlemen and his book is quoted on all the tours in town. The funny thing about Salem historians, they are all from New Jersey! Jim McAllister, Barrence Whitfield, and Chris are all from New Jersey. Go figure.

He has helped film scouts attain access to people and locations and has been filmed for shows on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, and the Food Network. For more info click here!

He is also a local favorite artist that has illustrated 12 books and has his artwork in public places around Salem. Beyond that he is a medium who helps move souls on. Plus he has lived in several haunted houses in town and can give you a history of many more in town.

Check out Sub Rosa! Continuing stories about the tunnels and people from Salem who shaped our nation. Tales of the #2 pencil, Victorian electric cars, and the creation of electricity. Plus darker tales of the drug lord who founded the Forbes fortune, George Peabody who sold America to England and founded JP Morgan, and the three gentlemen from Salem who got away with the assassination of 3 presidents before the Civil War in attempts to create what we call the Federal Reserve today. Sneak peaks are available on our blog.


Chris Dowgin and Robert Irvine in the tunnels of Salem

Watch your tour guide and author Chris Dowgin walk through the tunnels with Robert Irvine on his new show Kitchen Expedition!

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AND MOST ORIGINAL THING TO DO IN SALEM!The Tour all the Other's Base Their Maritime History, and Tunnel Lore on!


“Myth into reality!”

Ever heard of smuggling tunnels? I loved learning about this network of tunnels dating from the beginning of the 19th century and used to smuggle goods into Salem to avoid paying federal taxes. The history of these tunnels are full of intrigue and mystery and a little bit of myth :) Chris Dowgin, the tour guide, is a fun and personable guy with a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge. He probably needs to work on condensing all that information since afterwards my head was spinning! But he will make you a believer in these tunnels!

“Learned a lot! Highly recommended. ”

Chris knows a lot about the history of Salem and is passionate about sharing it's story. I was lucky enough to have a private tour on a beautiful day in April. He has crawled around many cool places under this town and has some pictures, facts, and tales to tell of these streets, it's people, and the tunnels that connected them. I was impressed enough with the sample of what I heard and saw that I purchased his book after the tour and have enjoyed digging in more to his explorations. I definitely recommend Chris if you're interested in a thorough historical tour. He also pointed me toward some great food recommendations and other things to do the rest of my time in Salem. 5 stars!


I'm from Ireland, this tour was organized by my aunt who is from Boston and I cannot speak highly enough of how informative, interesting and detailed the tour is. Chris the tour guide is an absolute hero, he did the tour for us during a blizzard and it was still of the highest quality. If you plan on visiting Salem I would highly recommend getting in touch with Chris for this Tour. I also purchased his book which he also signed for me. A gentleman and a truly fantastic tour

“Great History!”

Our Guide Chris is very knowledgeable about the history of Salem and its Tunnel connections. No Tunnels though, no longer part of the tour, the web page needs to be update to let viewers know there are no underground tunnels to visit, but he provided photos through his I Pad which helped explained some of his stories, as well as, showing us where the tunnels would be located. Way different than the typical walking tours that Salem offers, it was just him, myself and my son and it last longer, 80 minutes. A little expensive, but for the length of time given on the walking tour and a thorough history talk, it was well worth it. I just recommend anyone looking into this tour, just ask to keep the group small, so you can hear and see his photos. The other walking tours we saw had over 20 people in the groups, the smaller the better. Really enjoyed this tour, learned a ton of new things about Salem's past other than witches.

“Loved the Salem Tunnel Tour”

We booked this tour on Saturday October 18 at 4:00 pm and our guide was Chris, the author of Salem Secret Underground; the History of the Tunnels in the City. After chatting briefly and setting the background of Salem of the days gone by, we set out on our tour. Chris' insight into the history of the city, with many accompanying photographs, and the tunnels he has so thoroughly researched was amazing as he explained the networking and the skullduggery behind the tunnels and giving us a perspective of Salem we had never seen before. Walking above the tunnels and seeing the areas we were discussing gave us a whole new appreciation of what we see as we walk the city as we have done for years. The pictures he has taken are incredible and add to the mystery of the city's tunnels. Ghost stories and stories of plotting and murder abound and are as intriguing as the denial of many people of the tunnels very existence. Our time went quickly as we were fascinated by what we learned. If you have taken tours of Salem before, you've never quite seen Salem like this!! This is a must for a true historical perspective of Salem's beginnings through current day. We purchased Chris' book at the end and are anxious to read it. Thank you Chris for an awesome time. We truly appreciate the time you spent with us!! Greg and Susan Walsh, Concord, NH

“Great learning experience”

First , I'm a Salem resident born and raised and have known about some of the tunnels for most of my life. We decided to take the tour as a group looking for something fun to do after food and drinks. The guide and meeting spot was easy and convenient to find and being a Sunday, parking was plentiful and free. The tour made frequent stops at historic locations and covered in detail the history and, of course, the tunnels underneath the building. Most of which I had no idea existed but made plenty of sense once explained. I found the length of the tour to be just right. Not to long but worth the price of admission. About an hour. The guide was obviously knowledgeable and friendly. He was happy to answer any questions we had. Overall a fun experience and you learn a thing or two. I would recommend this both residents and visitors.


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