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Salem Maritime National Historic Site
In northeast Massachusetts, in Salem
The port town of Salem was a major northeast trading point for early America, and this historic park restores the exciting days when creaky wooden schooners cruised into the docks beneath billowing sails. Bounding the water are authentic 18th- and 19th-century wharves, where such buildings as the Custom House, the West India Goods Store, and the 17th-century Narbonne-Hale House are open for exploration. The Public Stores are stocked with sundries of the times, and the home of 18 -century merchant E.H. Derby shows off the lavish tastes of the era's top traders. You can also tour the Friendship, the North Shore s tallest Tall Ship, a full-size replica of a 342-ton merchant ship built in Salem in 1797. The site was designated on March 17, 1938.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring the wharves, historic buildings, neighborhoods, and 18th-century merchant sailing ship, viewing films, visiting 18th-century garden. Facilities: Visitor center, orientation center, guided and self-guided tours. Bookstores. Programs & Events: Tours year-round. Salem Maritime Festival (July), visiting Tall Ships. Tips & Hints: Allow a full day for Salem, and at least another to see historic and cultural attractions of Essex County. Parking is difficult, so take public transportation to site. Busiest July and Oct., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FEES & HOURS
Free. Ranger-led historic tours: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-16 and 62 and over, free ages 5 and under. Site open daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
In Salem, 15 mi north of Boston via Rte. 128 north to Rte. 114 east; via Newburyport-Rockport Commuter Line train from Boston's North Station; via Bus 455 or 450 from Bostons Haymarket Square or South Station to Salem rail depot. From Bostons Logan International Airport take Bus 459 from Terminal C; if driving, take Rte. 1A north and follow signs once in Salem. Closest airport: Boston (17 mi).
Salem Maritime National Historic Site (174 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970, tel. 978/740-1660 park headquarters). Visitor center (193 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970, tel. 978/740-1650, fax 978/740-1665).
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