Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The McIntire District
Step Back In Time
You stand on the threshold of possibly the finest collection of pre-twentieth century houses in America. A one-mile, 45-minute walking tour winds through the district bearing the name of one particularly famous architect and woodcarver, Samuel McIntire(1757-1811). Several of McIntire's buildings can be seen on the tour, including Hamilton Hall (1805) and the Peirce-Nichols House(1782). One of McIntire's favorite motifs, a "sheaf of wheat” symbolizing Salem's prosperity in the early 1800's, marks the trail.
Famous People Lived Here
This area is best known for the elegant Federal mansions built after the Revolutionary War by wealthy ship owners who wanted to escape the crowded waterfront. Many of Salem's most important citizens lived in this neighborhood, among them: Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State for President George Washington; navigator Nathaniel Bowditch; author Nathanial Hawthorne; painter Frank W. Benson; and George Parker, founder of Parker Brothers Games.
Two Centuries of Architecture
Largely developed between the mid 1700's and World War I, this charming
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Notable Buildings.
Location. 42° 31.267′ N, 70° 53.917′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Summer Street and Essex Street, on the left when traveling north on Summer Street. Located in Captain William Driver Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain William Driver (a few steps from this marker); McIntire Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Alexander Graham Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Witch Gaol (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lyceum Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Armed Resistance (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
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