Secret Snug Harbor

Explore the secret spaces at Snug Harbor that you’ve always wanted to see. Many thanks to Casandra Properties for their support of Secret Snug Harbor.

These spaces featured below are closed to the public, and trespassing is strictly prohibited.


Follow us into Snug Harbor’s spooky underground tunnels, and learn fascinating history about the 83-acre grounds and the sailors who used to live here during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Two tunnels remain under the grounds of Snug Harbor. Originally these tunnels were created as service routes, connecting the onsite power plant to various locations across the grounds and designed for better air circulation throughout the site for heating. The first tunnel heads south, under what would have been the hospital, erected in 1850, and then toward the sanitarium, erected in 1897 under Governor Trask. The second tunnel may have been built around the same time, and heads northeast toward the front five buildings.

Unconfirmed tales assign them the grim function of a passageway used to transport deceased sailors from the onsite hospital or sanitarium to the morgue discreetly, as not to be seen by other sailors living on the grounds. More than likely, however, they carried steam and electricity from the power plant, and water from the lake to be distributed throughout the site.


Thanks to our friends at Casandra Properties, you can explore these fascinating secret spaces with the latest cutting-edge technology! View rooms and different floors by clicking and zooming in/out on where you want to go.


Governor’s House

Constructed in 1880 | Architect: Richard P. Smyth

Though referred to as the Governor’s House, this home was in fact occupied by the Chief Steward, who would have worked closely with the Governor to oversee the purchases and inventory of the site. You can view Italianate architecture style throughout, exhibited in elongated windows, bracketed eaves and outside its simple porch. The original Governor’s House was situated on the northwest corner of the property, and twice the size of the current house.

Today, the Governor’s House is used primarily for film shoots and rentals, though occasionally it is open to the public for exploration during events such as Open House New York.


Building E

Constructed in 1880 | Architect: Richard P. Smyth

Constructed in the style of both Minard Lafever and Samuel Thompson, who had adjusted Lafever’s preliminary designs for Buildings B & D, this beautiful building used to function as a dormitory building for the sailors, with an attic designed to feel like the hull of a ship.

Today, Building E is out of use and in need of renovation to restore it to functionality. With restoration, Building E would be a worthy home to an organization that helps serve the community and Snug Harbor’s overall mission.