• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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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?

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.