Fishing Prohibition on Hold
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 »
National Park Service Visitor Center Exhibits
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.
Exploring 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.
Courtesy of Thomas P. Moran
The Second Corps of Cadets
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?
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.