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Botanical Garden Visitor’s Center Gift Shop Tunnel

There are many interesting historic features that can be found while freely wandering about or touring the former Traverse City State Hospital properties. To discover one of them, you’ll have to pop into the visitor’s center gift shop at the Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. 

Tucked in the back of the shop is an approximately 50-foot long brick tunnel. It connects the store to the subterranean cellar once used to store root vegetables grown on the hospital’s farmland. Workers would back wagons to the tunnel, load the vehicles with vegetables from the root cellar, and then transport the produce to the hospital kitchens. 

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