• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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    On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »

Places To Go

the graceful entry hall of the U.S. Custom House in Salem features a long flight of stairs to the second floor.

The entry hall of the U.S. Custom House in Salem, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked from 1846 to 1849.

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There are plenty of places to go in Salem, Massachusetts. Start your visit to this historic city at the National Park
Service Visitor Center
in Salem, where the staff will help you plan your visit to the area.

For more information about events and sites in Essex County, the Essex National Heritage Area website has comprehensive information about Essex County. This link will open in a new window.

 
If you are planning a longer vacation to Massachusetts, please check out the National Park Service's Massachusetts Trip Planner to help you find the many National Park Service units in Massachusetts. The site even includes half-day and full day itineraries for the Boston area. This link will open in a new window

Did You Know?

The octant is a navigational tool based on the curve of one eighth of a circle. It measures angles for solar and celestial navigation.

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.