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

Derby House

Salem Maritime National Historical Site

 

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
1. Derby House Marker
Inscription. The Derby House is the oldest brick house still standing in Salem, and one of the finest examples of Georgian colonial architecture in the United States.

Merchant and fleet-owner Richard Derby built the house in 1762 as a wedding present for his son, Elias Hasket Derby. Here, between 1762 and 1782, Elias and his wife, Elizabeth, raised a family of seven children.

After the Revolutionary War, Derby’s trading ships were among the first to reach the Orient. Derby sold this house in 1796, and in succeeding years it became the home of prominent sea captains.

For information on tours of the house, contact a park ranger at the orientation center in the Central Wharf Warehouse.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 31.296′ N, 70° 53.208′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Derby Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 168 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Privateer Warehouse (here, next to this marker); The Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Derby Wharf (within shouting distance of this

Derby House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
2. Derby House Marker
marker); a different marker also named Derby Wharf (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Home for Aged Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharves in the Late 1800s (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Maritime National Historic Site (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Central Wharf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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