This story appeared in the January 25, 2001 edition of UFO Roundup (Vol. 6 no. 4) It is especially interesting in view of the fact that it has been revealed in the Robert Hanssen spy investigation that the FBI has been using tunnels under the Russian Embassy in the same immediate area as the tunnels described in this article. Thanks to UFO Roundup for permission to publish. In January, Hillary Rodham Clinton vacated the premises at the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. But the former First Lady turned Senator from New York state still has a home in the District of Columbia.
"Welcome to 3067 Whitehaven Street in Washington, D.C. the new $2.8 million home of Sen. Hillary Clinton--which she hopes to turn into a house fit for a former First Lady with the help of good-taste guru Martha Stewart.
The three-story, red-brick Georgian house was rather recent, having been built in 1951. The house boasts "seven-and-a- half baths, a fireplace, heated pool and a spacious back yard" with also "a slate-floored foyer and a solid cherry wood spiral staircase that leads to the second floor."
Whitehaven Street is in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights section of the city. Most people know the area as Embassy Row. But to students of the occult, the neighborhood has another name...Spookville.
Prior to 1600, where Washington D.C. stands today was the site of a centuries-old village called Nacotchtant, the home of the Nanticoke, an indigenous people of southern Maryland. The nanticoke worshipped Okee (pronounced Oh-kay-ay meaning the One Above--J.T.). The people preserved the bones of dead chiefs and spiritual advisors and buried them in jars in large ossuaries. Most importantly, the Nanticoke "were noted for their skill in sorcery and the manufacture of many poisons," as well as their trademark soapstone dishware. In 1633, the first European arrived on Maryland's Potomac River shore. His name was Francis Pope. He purchased the land, renaming the area "Rome" and changing the name of Goose Creek to "the Tiber. But the woodlands reclaimed his ill- fated plantation after his departure.
When the Congress of the newly-independent USA decided to make the area the nation's capital, the land was owned by a number of people, including the Carrolls of Duddington Hall and David Burnes, who owned a one-and-a-half story farmhouse between Goose Creek and Jenkins Hill.
On March 9, 1791, Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, a French soldier and military artist who had fought on the American side in the recent war, arrived in Georgetown to survey the proposed city site. David Burnes brought him to the farmhouse and introduced him to his wife, the former Anne Wight, his teenaged son John and his younger daughter Marcia. Following supper, as the men lit their clay pipes at the fireplace, David Burnes turned to his offspring and winked. "Well, children, shall we show the mon-soor (monsieur--J.T.) our little secret"
John grinned. "Absolutely, Father!"
"Oh, yes, let's show him!" Marcia said excitedly. "We'll go the first thing tomorrow."
So, the next morning, March 10, 1791, a slightly puzzled L'Enfant trailed Burnes and the children into the woods along Goose Creek. The air was lively with the honking of Canada geese, stopping briefly during their long migration northward on the Atlantic Flyway.
They walked nearly two miles uphill, into what is now known as Massachusetts Avenue Heights. David carried with him an armload of makeshift torches, John a knotted climbing rope, and Marcia a small leather pouch in which she held a hot coal from the farmhouse fireplace.
Mildly curious, L'Enfant watched as David and son John cleared away a pile of cut lilac bushes, revealing a dark fissure in the ground. Meanwhile, Marcia built a fire with her coal and some dry sticks.
After tying one end of the rope to the tree, John acted as the spotter as his father climbed hand over hand down the rope. L'Enfant followed suit, slipping over the crumbling rim into the cool darkness. Then John lit two of the torches at the campfire and dropped them, one by one, into the small cavern fissure.
David Burnes caught the first torch and passed it to the Frenchman. Then, grabbing the second sputtering torch, he said, "Look behind you."
L'Enfant did so. He gasped in amazement. Before him lay a manmade tunnel, complete with arches and pillars, extending far into the darkness.
"Mon Dieu!" he swore, looking around in wonder. "Qu'est-ce que c'est" Turning to Burnes, he asked, "What is this place" "It's a dead city, like Nineveh and Jericho in the Bible,"
David replied. "These tunnels go on for miles."
"Who built it" L'Enfant asked.
"Why, Tubalcain, of course." David beamed, lifting his torch to illuminate the smooth tunnel wall. "He was the master builder in the Bible." (Burnes knew his scripture. See Genesis 4:22--J.T.).
L'Enfant brushed his hand over the seamless masonry. The material felt like Plaster of Paris. He struck it a sharp blow with the base of his roaring torch. The material wasn't even chipped! It was as durable as cast iron!
With a shudder, L'Enfant peered down the shadowy corridor. He didn't know who had built this place, but he was pretty sure it wasn't Tubalcain.
According to author Jim Brandon, "I was told by two different commercial seers of the ancient network of caverns that supposedly honeycombs the area. I have heard it claimed that these are 'Atlantean'...but then so is everything else, according to a certain kind of occult fancier Others conclude that the supposed tunnels were, or are, tied in with an underground cult of power trippers."
It is not known how the Burnes family learned of the tunnels' existence. They may have been told by an elderly Nanticoke spiritual advisor. Or perhaps the children were picking berries on a hot July day a couple of years earlier and felt the cool breeze from the fissure.
The tunnels are said to run underneath the major avenues in Washington, with smaller branch tunnels going down, among others, Whitehaven Street.
Bu the "Tubalcain Tunnel" isn't the only attraction in Spookville.
Just up the street from Hillary's house, at 3007 Whitehaven Street, is the Embassy of Brazil. Some weird critters have been seen at this location over the years. Most notably in March 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee. During the riot blackout, some of the embassy staffers reportedly claimed to have seen a strangee quadruped, "like a horse with no head," in the garden.
At 3100 Massachusetts Avenue is the UK Embassy, which was the site of "a Miracle of the Flowers" at the end of August 1997. Nearly a million people paid homage to Princess Diana by leaving bouquets of flowers at the embassy gates. However, a flower of a far more sinister kind can be found a few blocks away at the Organization of American States (OAS) building at the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. Behind the building is "a pebbled and landscaped little garden" with a very unusual statue.
The idol is a gift from Mexico and it represents Xochipilli, the Aztec god of flowers. It certainly gave your editor a nasty turn the first time he saw it. The blood used to run in torrents from Xochipilli's pyramid in Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City--J.T.) as the Aztecs worshipped him with hallucinogenic drug feasts and thousands of human sacrifices. (Editor's Comment: Warning to psychics--if you value your sanity, you will not try to psychometrize that statue.)
Although the White House, the Octagon House and the Decatur House take the top honors for ghostly apparitions in Washington D.C., there is a haunted house in the area. It's the Woodrow Wilson House at 2340 S Street N.W. Not only does this house have a resident ghost, it was the site of a strange prophecy, part of which has already come true.
In April 1969, Vasquez, the custodian, began reporting strange noises and "cold spots." Parapsychologist Hans Holzer decided to investigate. He joined Washington psychic Ethel Meyers in an attempt to "scan" the house. And they made contact with the ghost--Woodrow Wilson, who was president of the USA between 1913 and 1921.
Wilson is best remembered for leading the USA during World War One and his failure to persuade the Congress to accept membership in the League of Nations. When Wilson manifested to Holzer and Mrs. Meyers, he made a weird prophecy. Here it is, verbatim:
Wilson: "I want to say, if you will give me the audience while I am here, that this is my pleasurable moment, to lift the curtain to show you that the mortal enemy (the then-Soviet Union--J.T.) will become the great friend, soon now. That my puny dream of yesteryear (the League of Nations) has been gradually realized--the brotherhood of ma, And it becomes clearer, closer to the next century. It is here, for us on our side: I see it more clearly from here. I am not sure about the designated time. But it is the brotherhood of man, when the religious problem is lifted and the truth is seen, and all men stand equal to other men, neighbors, enemies."
Holzer: "Who are you referring to"
Wilson: "I come back again to tell you, that the hands that will reach over the mighty ocean will soon clasp! Hands lead forward to grasp them. My puny dream, my pure ideal, takes form, and I look upon it and I am proud as a small part but an integral part of that. It will bloom, the period of gestation is almost over, when this will come to light. And I give great thanks to the Withinness that I have had so small a part in the integral whole. I tell you it is all a part of the period of gestation before the dawn."
Holzer: "When will the dawn come"
Wilson: "Just before the turn of the century. Eighty-eight, eighty-nine."
Holzer: "And until then"
Wilson: "The period of gestation must go through its torturous ways. But it will dawn, it will dawn and not only on this terra firma. It will dawn even over this city, and it (Washington D.C.) will be more a part of the world-state as I saw it in my very close view of the world. I was given this dream, and I have lived by it."
Holzer: "Do you want us to do anything about your family, or your friends Tell them anything specifically"
Wilson: "That my soul lives on, and that it will return when I see the turn of the century (after the year 2000--J.T.) and that I may look face-to-face with that which I saw; that that which was born within my consciousness."
A more complete rendition of what Holzer and Mrs. Meyers encountered in the old Wilson House can be found in Holzer's 1971 book, The Ghosts That Walk in Washington. Just as Wilson's ghost predicted, then-President Richard M. Nixon was working on his detente policy with the Soviet Union, leading to his summit meeting with Leonid Brezhnev in 1972. And in 1989, the Berlin Wall came down, Germany reunified, and Mikhail Gorbachez began his policy of glasnost, i.e. friendly relations with the USA. A year later, then- President George Bush, the new president's father, announced the beginning of "the New World Order." Will the rest of the ghostly prophecy come true Time will tell.
As for those weird tunnels under the city, perhaps we can find a clue to their origin in the name of the city's riverside Anacostia district. Anacostia is a corruption of the Babticoke word Analostan, which means New Atlantis.
(See the tabloid Star for January 16, 2001, "Martha Stewart helps Hillary with $2.8M new home." Also the Washington Post for May 5, 1969, Playing Host to Ghosts" And see the books Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y., 1978, page 58; The Ghosts That Walk in Washington by Hans Holzer, Doubleday and Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1971, pages 50 through 53; Washington: City and Capital, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1937, pages 38 and 39; and Let's Go--Washington, D.C. 1999 Cambridge, Mass., 1995, page 146.
(Editor's Note: Unexplained ancient tunnels have also been found under Los Angeles, California, Mount Shasta, California; Lebanon, Connecticut; Lexington, Kentucky and Williamsburg, Virginia.)
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