The West India Goods Store

front view of the West India Goods Store

Closed to the public


The term “West India Goods Store” was used in Salem as a generic term for a retail shop selling items from all over the world, not just the Caribbean. This building was constructed by Captain Henry Prince about 1804 and was probably first used as a warehouse. Prince may have kept goods like pepper, coffee, water buffalo hides, and tortoise shells here that he imported from the East Indies. The first documented use of this building as a West India Goods Store was in 1836. The structure underwent numerous changes throughout its history, including two moves, before it was rehabilitated in 1928 by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England). The National Park Service acquired the property in 1937.


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The current store, Waite & Peirce, is located across the street and is operated by a National Park Service cooperating association, America's National Parks (formerly known as Eastern National).

Last updated: April 2, 2020

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