Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Salem Maritime National Historic Site
The Derby House
Salem Maritime National Historic Site is located in Massachusetts
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Location Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Nearest city Salem, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′14″N 70°53′14″W / 42.52056°N 70.88722°W / 42.52056; -70.88722Coordinates: 42°31′14″N 70°53′14″W / 42.52056°N 70.88722°W / 42.52056; -70.88722
Area 9 acres (0.036 km2)
Visitation 676,216 (2005)
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 66000048
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 1, 1976
Designated NHS March 17, 1938

The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a National Historic Site consisting of 12 historic structures, 1 replica tall-ship and about 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land along the waterfront of Salem Harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Maritime is first National Historic Site established in the United States (March 17, 1938) [1]and interprets the triangular trade during the colonial period; privateers during the American Revolution; and global maritime trade with the Far East, after independence. The National Park Service manages both the National Historic Site and a Regional Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The National Park Service (NPS), an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. The Act was signed into law on August 25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson, and is located in Title 16 of the United States Code.


The Salem Ferry, 92 ft. Catamaran is photographed approaching its dock off Blaney Street at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
The Friendship replica docked off of Derby Street

In 2014, The National Park Service who runs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site released figures and statistics for 2012 stating that there were 756,038 visitors in Salem who spent an estimated $40,000,000. [2]

Properties[edit]

The site preserves and interprets numerous maritime resources in the form of artifacts, collections and structures, including:

  • Derby House (1762) - built in 1762 by Captain Richard Derby as a wedding gift for his son, a fine example of Georgian architecture. [3]
  • Derby Wharf (1762, extended 1806) - Salem's longest wharf (nearly 1/2 mile). When in active use, it was lined with warehouses of goods from around the world. The Derby Wharf Light (1871) remains at the end of the wharf.
  • Friendship of Salem - a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, built in the Scarano Brothers Shipyard in Albany, New York, in 2000. The original Friendship made 15 voyages during her career to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia. She was captured as a prize of war by the British in September 1812.
  • Hawkes House (1780, 1800) - designed by famous Salem architect Samuel McIntire, building began in 1780. The unfinished building was purchased and completed around 1800 by Benjamin Hawkes.
  • Narbonne House (1675) - The part of the house with the high peaked roof was built by butcher Thomas Ives, who later added a lean-to the south side and a kitchen lean-to at the back. Around 1740 the southern lean-to was replaced by today's gambrel-roofed addition. From 1750 to 1780, the house was owned by Capt. Joseph Hodges, and in 1780 the house was purchased by tanner Jonathan Andrew. The house was lived in by descendants of the Andrew family from 1780 to 1964, when the house was sold to the National Park Service.

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  • Pedrick Store House, a three-story building, constructed around 1770, is a historic rigging and sail loft, which was relocated to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site from Marblehead, MA in 2007.[5][6]
  • Salem Custom House (1819) - the 13th Customs House in Salem; the first was built in 1649. Each collected taxes on imported cargoes.[7]
  • St. Joseph Hall (1909) - Original home of The St. Joseph Society(1897), a polish fraternal society. The first floor was retail space that could be rented out to provide an income for the support of the building. The large hall on the second floor was the site of hundreds of weddings, dances, plays, and other social events in the Polish community. On the top floor, several apartments were built to house new immigrants until they could get permanently settled. The building now serves as park headquarters.
  • West India Goods Store (1804) - Built by Captain Henry Prince about 1804 and was likely first used as a warehouse, where Prince kept goods like pepper, coffee, water buffalo hides, and tortoise shells that he imported from the East Indies. By 1836, Charles Dexter had a shop in this building. It was one of many that served the needs of Salem households by selling candles, oils, clothing, tin, and glassware. Besides general groceries such as grain, cheese, dried beans and even rum, many foreign imports and luxuries from Europe, Asia,and Africa filled the shelves of the West India Goods Store. The store continued to be a retail space throughout the nineteenth century. Later occupants included painters, a tobacconist, and a wine and liquor merchant.

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Adjacent historic areas[edit]

A short walk from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site are the Chestnut Street District, Federal Street District, Downtown Salem District, Bridge Street Neck Historic District, Charter Street Historic District, Crombie Street District, Derby Waterfront District, Essex Institute Historic District, Salem Willows Historic District, and the Salem Common Historic District.

See also[edit]

Salem Maritime National Historic Site - National Park Service who manages all U.S. national parks[8] It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the first National Historic Site established in the United States (March 17, 1938).
  2. ^ [2] For Halloween, the crowd estimates were close to 100,000. In 2014, The National Park Service who runs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site released figures and statistics for 2012 stating that there were 756,038 visitors in Salem who spent an estimated $40,000,000.
  3. ^ [3] Derby House (1762) - built in 1762 by Captain Richard Derby as a wedding gift for his son, a fine example of Georgian architecture.
  4. ^ [4]Narbonne House, official web site - National Park Service
  5. ^ http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1533634656/Rigging-shed-will-be-demolished
  6. ^ http://www.nps.gov/sama/historyculture/pedrickupdate.htm
  7. ^ http://www.wickedlocal.com/beverly/news/x1275640609/Seaport-Advisory-Council-awards-funding-for-North-Shore-projects
  8. ^ "Designation of National Park System Units". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  9. ^ "The National Park Service Organic Act". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 

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