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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Capt. John Hodges House - 1750

 
 
Capt. John Hodges House - 1750 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2017
1. Capt. John Hodges House - 1750 Marker
Inscription.
This house was built in 1750 by
Capt. John Hodges, a West Indies
trader. In 1788, it passed to his son,
Capt. Benjamin Hodges.


Benjamin Hodges (1754 – 1806) was one of Salemís most distinguished sea captains of the post-revolutionary era. A first cousin of the merchant Elias Haskett Derby, he commanded Derbyís most famous ships, the “Astrea” and the “Grand Turk.” Between 1785 and 1792, he helped open up Americaís sea trade with Russia, China and India. He was the founder and first president (1799 – 1806) of Salemís East India Marine Society (now the Peabody-Essex Museum).

Frank W. Benson (1861 – 1951), the noted American impressionist painter, lived here as a boy in the early 1870ís.
 
Location. 42° 31.354′ N, 70° 53.275′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Essex Street and Orange Street, on the right when traveling east on Essex Street. Touch for map. Marker is mounted high on the front wall, near the northwest corner of the subject house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 Essex Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Narbonne House (within shouting
Capt. John Hodges House (<i>wide view; marker visible on wall, near right edge</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Jimmy Emerson, July 14, 2017
2. Capt. John Hodges House (wide view; marker visible on wall, near right edge)
distance of this marker); Home for Aged Women (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Privateer Warehouse (about 500 feet away); Derby House (about 500 feet away); The Custom House (about 500 feet away); Derby Wharf (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Derby Wharf (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Central Wharf (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
Also see . . .
1. East India Marine Society.
The East India Marine Society (est. 1799) of Salem, Massachusetts, United States, was "composed of persons who have actually navigated the seas beyond the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn, as masters or supercargoes of vessels belonging to Salem." It functioned as a charitable and educational organization, and maintained a library and museum. It flourished especially in the 1800s–1830s, a heyday of foreign trade. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Salem Tales: Frank Weston Benson.
Salem, Massachusetts has never been known as an art community, but it can lay claim to a man who was called "the most medalled painter in America" by the Boston Transcript in 1914: Frank Weston Benson. During his career, Benson won just about every major medal in America. His work was included in many of the era's most prestigious art shows and today can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum In New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and almost every other major museum in America. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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