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Salem Maritime Historic Site

Salem Maritime Historic Site

Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970

Telephone: (978) 744-4323

A short walk from the Visitor Center to the harbor, brings you to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site maintained by the National Park Service. The National Park Service has just completed major repairs and strengthening of the Site's three wharves. Salem Maritime, the first National Historic Site in the National Park System, was established to preserve and interpret the maritime history of New England and the United States. The Site consists of about nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, as well as a Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The Site documents the development of the Atlantic triangular trade during the colonial period, the role of privateering during the Revolutionary War, and the international maritime trade, especially with the Far East, which established American economic independence after the Revolution. The Site is also the focal point of the Essex National Heritage Area, designated in 1996, which links thousands of historic places in Essex County around three primary historic themes: colonial settlement, maritime trade, and early industrialization in the textile and shoe industries.