• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Celebrating 75 years at Salem Maritime

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On March 17, 1938 America's first national historic site was dedicated. Created by a Secretarial Order, Salem Maritime National Historic Site would forever protect the maritime resources of Salem's waterfront. The historic buildings, wharves, history and scenery will benefit and provide enjoyment for future generations.

From March 17, 2013, through March 17, 2014, Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be celebrating the site's 75th Anniversary. Special activities, speakers, and events are being coordinated to commemorate the anniversary. Official 75th Anniversary programs and events will be listed on our website. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Salem Maritime Festival which will take place Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Whether you're a regular visitor, a national park traveler, or a virtual explorer, Salem Maritime hopes that our 75th Anniversary will inspire you to experience and connect with the park and its rich cultural and natural history. Walk the site, take a tour, become a Junior Ranger, or just take a moment to take in the sea breeze. Discover the history and nature that will continue to engage visitors and stewards of Salem Maritime National Historic Site for another 75 years!

For more information on Salem Maritime's last 75 years, visit our web page on the History of Salem Maritime.

 

Upcoming Events

March 17, 2013, Noon-4PM. 75th Birthday Open House

12:00 Welcome, remarks, and musket salute at the stage on Derby Wharf. (rain location: St. Joseph Hall)

12:30-4:00 Historic Buildings open for free self-guided tours.

Visit the U. S. Custom House, Derby House, Narbonne House, and Friendship of Salem. All are staffed by National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers. Hands-on demonstrations, living history characters, & Junior Ranger programs will be available. 75th Anniversary cake at St. Joseph Hall, 2nd Floor.

Did You Know?

An artist's depiction of an American privateer pursuing a British merchant ship.  Painting by Thomas Freeman.

During the American Revolution, Salem was the most successful privateering port in America. Salem's 158 privateering vessels captured 445 English vessels.