Black and white historic photo of the Derby House

"A sense of place,"

is a phrase often used to describe New England, where families can spend generations in the same house, and some of the earliest historic preservation programs in the country began. The places of Salem Maritime tell their own stories, from succeeding residents of the Narbonne House leaving their marks on the house, to the Revolutionary discussions that happened in the parlors of the Derby House, to the wharves that witnessed dramatic changes in trade over the course of two and a half centuries. This section of the web site also contains information on the history of the tall ship Friendship, the vessel reproduced by the National Park Service as an exhibit at Derby Wharf.


Last updated: February 26, 2020

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160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970



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