Courtesy of the Stephen Phillips House
English settlement in Salem, Massachusetts, began in 1626. In 1996, Essex County was designated a National Heritage Area by the U.S. Congress in recognition of the number and quality of the natural and cultural resources in the county. There are nearly 200 heritage sites in Essex County, and ten of those sites are located in historic downtown Salem. All are within a fifteen minute walk of the Regional Visitor Center.
For a list of the heritage sites in Essex County, please visit the Essex National Heritage Area web site. This link will open in a new window.
Click on the names of the institutions below for further information. These links will open in new windows.
Heritage Sites in Salem
Stephen Phillips House
The Witch House
Historic Districts in Salem
Derby Street Historic District
McIntire Historic District
General Information about Visiting Salem and Essex County
Essex National Heritage Area
Historical Information about Salem
Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem
Did You Know?
In 1799, Salem native Nathaniel Bowditch revised John H. Moore's New Practical Navigator, the standard navigation manual of the 18th century. Bowditch discovered and corrected over 8,000 errors in Moore's manual! In 1802, Bowditch published the New American Practical Navigator.