• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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National Park Service Visitor Center Exhibits

Temporary Exhibits

 
a hiker standing on the pedestal of a missing statue

Nancy Shaw's photograph entitled "The Missing Muse" taken at the Crane Estate in Ipswich during Trails and Sails 2010 won second prize in the Essex Heritage Events category

Courtesy of the Essex National Heritage Area

Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest Winners

The Essex National Heritage Area and Hunt's Photo and Video annual photo contest winners are on display at the Salem Visitor Center. For 2010, judging was in four categories: "Essex Heritage Scenic Byway," "Four Seasons," "People," and "Essex Heritage Events." The winners of the four categories, as well as Rod Parker's grand prize-winning photograph Full Sails at Sea, will be on display in the Visitor Center through December 2011. For more information about the 2010 photo contest, and rules for the 2011 photo contest, visit the Essex National Heritage Area web page.

 
Permanent Exhibits
 

Exploring Essex County
Explore nearly 400 years of history in Essex County through the permanent exhibits at the Visitor Center! See a model of the Salem waterfront during the Age of Sail, and look at the faces of the men and women who built the industries of Essex County.

In 1996, the U.S. Congress designated Essex County a National Heritage Area because of the rich historical and natural resources of the region. Click here to visit the Essex National Heritage Area web site and learn more about Essex County. This page will open in a new window.

 
Historic uniforms of the Second Corps of Cadets.

Historic uniforms of the Second Corps of Cadets. Left and right, officer and enlisted uniforms, c. 1875. Center, the 1785 uniform of the commander of the Second Corps of Cadets.

Courtesy of Thomas P. Moran

The Second Corps of Cadets
For over two hundred and twenty years, the Second Corps of Cadets has served this country with honor. Founded in 1785 as the Salem Cadets, the unit was originally an officer's training corps. Today, the Second Corps of Cadets is Battery B of the 101st Field Artillery of the Massachusetts National Guard.

The exhibits in the breezeway and in the Visitor Center highlight the history of this distinguished unit of the Massachusetts National Guard. The Regional Visitor Center is housed in the drill shed of the old Salem Armory, the former home of the Second Corps of Cadets.

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.