• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Stories

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.

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