We Bet You Didn’t Know That Virginia Was Home To One Of The Only Underground Pedestrian Railroad Tunnels In The U.S.
Virginia is home to all kinds of unique tunnels: the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Natural Tunnel, and the East River Mountain Tunnel, to name a few. Yet none of these is quite as unique as the fascinating tunnel you’ll discover in Old Town Alexandria. Named the Wilkes Tunnel, this former railroad passage once connected Richmond to Washington, D.C. in the nineteenth century. Today, all that remains is a pedestrian tunnel that goes underground, and downhill, despite the fact that the road above it goes uphill. The Wilkes Street Tunnel in Alexandria is one that needs to be seen to be believed.
Have you ever experienced the Wilkes Street Tunnel in Virginia? If so, what did you think? Be sure to share your experiences with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!
Address: Wilkes Street, Wilkes St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
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A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.