Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Situated on Derby Wharf, Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a regular tourist destination that depicts Salem's maritime past. In the 1600s, Salem was founded as one of the foremost trading ports in the world, linking the Americas to India and East Asia. The historical site has been reconstructed by the National Park Service to illustrate this past. Visitors are able to walk through the old Derby and Bowditch homes, the U.S. Customs House where Nathanial Hawthorne once worked in 1846, or take a ride on Friendship, a reconstruction of an old sailing vessel, on either guided or self-guided tours. Exhibits, featuring old sailing compasses and maps, are on display at the Regional Visitors Center, which also contains a small gift shop, where books and artwork are for sale.
- Hours: Daily 9am - 5pm
- Handicap Accessible: Administrative office is handicap accessible. Ask for ramp for historic homes on tour.
- Founding Date: Apr 11 1626
- Ticket information: Adults: $5 Children & Seniors: $3 Children under 6 are free
- Buy tickets online [link]: www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm
- Student discounts: Yes
- Senior discounts: Yes
- Private parties: Yes
- Food/drink: No
- Alcohol served: No
- Coat/bag check: No
- Parking: On-street: metered
- Restrictions: No pets
- What is an interesting historical or little known fact about this town?: "The ship in the Derby Wharf is a replica of the ship that was once called Friendship. It was captured as a prize of war."
- Guided tours?: Yes
- Guided tour languages: English
- Audio tours?: No
- Gift shop: Yes
- Gift shop hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Cameras allowed?: Yes