• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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    On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »

People

a portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne in his later years, wearing a mustache

Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the most famous people associated with Salem Maritime

NPS collections

Merchants, shopkeepers, sailors, craftsmen, Customs inspectors, slaves, sailors, business owners, and mill workers: the faces of Salem’s citizens have always reflected a range of ethnicities, occupations, and talents. Use the links above and to the left to meet some of the people who are connected to Salem Maritime NHS.

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.