Built at the same time and connected to the Custom House, the three-story Public Stores was a bonded warehouse.
Boxes, bags, casks, and crates fill the Public Stores.
It was used by the Customs Service
to hold cargo for merchants until they were able to pay the duties on their goods. Cargo came into Salem in barrels, crates, bags, and chests. Within these plain containers were goods that made many Salem merchants wealthy, including pepper, tea, porcelain, silks, Indian cotton textiles, spices, and ivory.