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Campus Secrets

Underground Steam Tunnels

A notorious pastime of William and Mary students is exploring the underground steam tunnels under Old Campus. The college administration has explicitly prohibited entry to these tunnels in the Student Handbook: "For reasons of safety and security...mechanical equipment areas and steam tunnels of College buildings are closed to all but authorized employees."[1]


  • Lord Bortetourt Crypt (Wren Building)


  1. Perry's Handbook, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill Co., 1984.
  2. College of William and Mary Student Handbook 2006-2007