• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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For Kids

Eglantine the Custom House Eagle

Eglantine the Custom House Eagle is always ready to do a Junior Ranger activity!

cartoon by Paul Trap

Hi kids! I'm Eglantine the Custom House Eagle. From my perch on top of the Salem Custom House, I see lots of kids visiting Salem Maritime every year.

There are lots of fun things to do at Salem Maritime! If you are visiting the site, check out the calendar of events to see if there are any family activities scheduled during your visit.

You can download some of our Junior Ranger activities so that when you visit you can join me to earn your Junior Ranger badge!

I also have some activities you can do at home. One is a maritime word search puzzle, an another is a dory that you can cut out and assemble. It really floats!

Did You Know?

On a sunny day, a small boat motors past the 1871 lighthouse at the tip of Derby Wharf.

Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.