Les tunnels secrets d'Exeter sont un mystère majeur car ils n'ont jamais été trouvés ou découverts, ils ne sont que des rumeurs existantes. L'histoire remonte à longtemps et on dit que les tunnels sont liés au chemin de fer souterrain. Robbins Paxton Gilman s'attaque même à la légende de ces tunnels dans son récit: The Old Logg House by the Bridge.
On a supposé que les tunnels souterrains secrets se trouvaient près de Franklin & Clifford Street. La légende stipule que les tunnels se croisent dans le sous-sol de la maison de la garnison de Gilman qui a été construite en 1709. Le ministère de l'Intérieur des États-Unis a entrepris un projet pour documenter et enquêter sur la maison. Leur recherche n'a jamais été révélée publiquement!
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada. The scheme was assisted by abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause of the escapees. Not literally but metaphorically a railroad, the workers (both black and white, free and enslaved) who secretly aided the fugitives are also collectively referred to as the "Underground Railroad". Various other routes led to Mexico, where slavery had been abolished, or overseas. An earlier escape route running south toward Florida, then a Spanish possession (except 1763–83), existed from the late 17th century until Florida became a United States territory in 1821. One of the main reasons Florida was purchased by the United States was to end its function as a safe haven for escaped slaves. However, the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the late 1700s. It ran north and grew steadily until the Civil War began. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the "Railroad".
British North America (present-day Canada) was a desirable destination, as its long border gave many points of access, it was further from slave catchers, and beyond the reach of the United States' Fugitive Slave Acts. Most former slaves, reaching Canada by boat across Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, settled in Ontario. More than 30,000 people were said to have escaped there via the network during its 20-year peak period, although U.S. Census figures account for only 6,000. Numerous fugitives' stories are documented in the 1872 book The Underground Railroad Records by William Still, an abolitionist who then headed the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee.Provided By: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad