A New Underground Tour - Never-Before-Seen!
Explore the underground tunnel, boiler room and basement of The Breakers!
"Just took this tour today and it was amazing. Highly recommended if you are into how things work and amazing use of the technology available at the time." - Recent visitor via Facebook
You'll see and learn about the new domestic technology that transformed daily life, including
• The development of electricity and how it changed the Gilded Age;
• The emergence of the modern elevator;
• The revolutionary infrastructure that heated and cooled the great house;
• The modern plumbing & laundry facilities that affected attitudes about hygiene and cleanliness
And you'll hear about the house engineer whose detailed daily journals have helped us understand how it all worked.
Based on research by Preservation Society staff and period documents, the tour shares with visitors how the house changed with the times as domestic technology evolved through the Gilded Age and into the 20th century.
Tour space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Please note, online reservations cannot be made for same-day tours. If you are interested in taking the Beneath The Breakers Tour today, please inquire about availability in person at any one of the Preservation Society properties.
This is an underground experience in a historic structure. You will pass through some enclosed spaces. This tour is not handicapped accessible. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
Read about how the City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket School Department played an important role in making the Beneath The Breakers Tour possible, in this February 16, 2017 article from the Pawtucket Times.