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Salem's Franco-American Heritage And Landscape [PHOTOS]

A (re)discovery of the Point neighborhood's French roots.

Patch contributor William Legault tagged along on a tour of the Point neighborhood and parts of downtown on Sunday afternoon. Also attending were 55 others who were split into two groups.

The tour was organized by Dr. Elizabeth Blood, and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Assisting them in their efforts were the Richelieu Club of Salem, alumni of St. Joseph's and high schools, and Historic Salem, Inc.

Beginning in front of , the tour walked to points on Harbor Street, Dow Street and Congress Street before heading downtown for stops at the old Police Station on Central Street, on the pedestrian mall, and .

The last stop was the war memorial located at Lafayette Park.

Anyone with information or photo's pertaining to the French heritage of the the Point neighborhood can contact Dr. Blood at eblood@salemstate.edu.

Edward September 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM
William - Photo 10 references an old entrance to the Subway Market. Is there any history behind this particular market and why it was located there?
William Legault September 21, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Edward, the entire Derby Square area was deeded by the Derby family to the city in the early-mid 1800's a public space to be used as a market. This use was continued into the early 1970's. Subway Market was run by the Lareau family who also ran the North Shore Market on Congress St.

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