• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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Viper bugloss, a plant with small blue flowers atop candy-cane shaped stems

Vipers bugloss (eshium vulgare)was a common herb in colonial gardens. It was used as an ingredient in homemade ale. Today, it can be found in the Derby House Garden.

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Salem has a rich collection of stories. During the American Revolution, Salem merchants defended America and supported the economy through privateering. The international trade of the late 18th and early 19th centuries made the city famous from the Atlantic coast "to the farthest ports of the rich east," as the city’s motto says. In the twentieth century, Salem was a place of hope for thousands of immigrants who came to the area looking to start a new life. Many of the Polish immigrants in Salem lived in the neighborhood surrounding Salem Maritime.

Follow the links above and to the left to learn more about Salem Maritime's stories.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, circa 1855.

In addition to being a world-famous author, Salem native Nathaniel Hawthorne also held three government positions: Measurer for the Port of Boston, Surveyor of the Port of Salem, and U.S. Consul to Liverpool. The Custom House in Salem where he worked is now part of Salem Maritime NHS. More...