An interesting urban legend of Athens, TX is that there is an underground tunnel system directly under the city. The legend is that the tunnels are in the shape of a pentagram and each of the five entrances into the tunnel system are marked by the points of the pentagram, with the courthouse being at the center of the star. However, a more logical approach to the tunnels and their connection with Fuller Park and other suspected entrances are that:
1.) The tunnels were actually part of the “underground railroad” that was used to help liberate the slaves during the American Civil War between 1861-1865.
2.) The tunnels were a means of transporting moonshine during the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s-1933.
Whatever reasoning behind the original use of the tunnels was, the fact is that the urban legend surrounds the use of the tunnels during the purchase of the Fuller property to the late 70’s and early 80’s. During this time period the tunnels are rumored to have hosted a variety of ritualistic ceremonies including the sacrifice of small animals and in some cases humans. The local newspaper “The Athens Daily Review” wrote an article in 1989 with written testimony of a personal account regarding the suspected locations of the entrances to the tunnels system. The anonymous person drew a map showcasing the entrances.