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By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2015
Central Wharf Marker
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Central Wharf
The grassy strip of land extending into the harbor in front of you was once a busy commercial wharf. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, cargoes from around the world were unloaded on the wharf and stored in warehouses until they were sold. Central . . . — Map (db m86465) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Central WharfSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The grassy strip of land extending into the harbor in front of you was once a busy commercial wharf. In the late 1700’s and early 1800s, trade goods from around the world were loaded, unloaded and stored here. Build in 1784, Central Wharf was . . . — Map (db m86467) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Derby HouseSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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 . . . — Map (db m62546) HM

Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Derby Wharf
The wharf in front of you was Salem’s longest, and was once one of the busiest in the nation. During the War of Independence, American privateers sailed from here to prey on British ships on the high seas. After the war, fleets of trading vessels . . . — Map (db m86544) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Derby Wharf
The wharf in front of you was Salem’s longest, and was once one of the busiest in the nation. The first 800 feet of the wharf was begun in 1762 and completed about 1770 by Capt. Richard Derby, Sr. (1712-1783), one of the wealthiest merchants in . . . — Map (db m86545) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Essex County Armed Services MemorialSalem Maritime Visitor's Center
Dedicated to the citizens of Essex County who served in the United States Armed Forces The Revere Bell 1801 — Map (db m97349) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — First Armed ResistanceLeslie's Retreat
In the revolution the first armed resistance to the Royal authority was made at this bridge 26 Feb. 1775 by the people of Salem. The advance of 300 British troops, led by Lt. Col. Leslie and sent by Gen. Gage to seize munitions of war, was here . . . — Map (db m48471) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Great Salem Fire Alarm
At 1:37 PM on June 25th, 1914, Box 48 was pulled for a fire in the Korn Leather Factory on this site at number 57 Boston Street in an area known as Blubber Hollow, followed at 1:41 PM by a general alarm.

This was the start of the Great Salem . . . — Map (db m103628) HM

Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Great Salem Fire CentennialSalem, Essex County Massachusetts
In commemoration of the enterprise and resolute spirit with which Salem arose from her ashes looked calamity in the face and rebuilt her walls on this spot in the pathway of the great fire of June 25, 1914. Which swept from the west to the water’s . . . — Map (db m97366) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Home for Aged WomenGiven by Robert Brookhouse 1861
This house was built about 1811 for Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 1772-1851, member of Congress and Secretary of the Navy under Madison and Monroe. Here was born William Crowninshield Endicott, 1826-1900, Justice of our Supreme Judicial Court and . . . — Map (db m97365) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Home of Nathaniel H. Felt
This house, formerly located at 10 Liberty Street, was once the home of Mormon pioneer and local church leader Nathaniel Henry Felt (1816-1887). Born and raised in Salem, Nathaniel and his brother John ran a tailoring business at 217 Essex . . . — Map (db m33724) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Immaculate Conception Parish War MemorialSalem, Essex County Massachusetts
A memorial to the boys of the Immaculate Conception Parish who served their country in the World War — Map (db m97350) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Leslie's RetreatFeb. 26, 1775
Here, in defiance of King George III, local minutemen hid 17 cannons, and were confronted by 300 British troops under command of Colonel Leslie. The Redcoats were routed, with only Joseph Whicher of Salem being wounded. This was the first open . . . — Map (db m47991) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Narbonne HouseSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Salem Maritime National Historic Site-The modest house in front of you is one of the oldest in Salem. Built here in 1672, the Narbonne House is also one of America’s few surviving middle-class homes of the 1600s.

The builder and first owner was . . . — Map (db m62543) HM

Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — On "The Line" 1880-1940
For decades, the main attraction on the line was the Willows Pavilion. This unusual looking structure boasted a roller skating rink and a 300-seat, second-floor restaurant. In the rear tower, a camera obscura projected scenes from the surrounding . . . — Map (db m85995) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Peabody Museum of Salem
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Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Privateer WarehouseSalem Maritime National Historical Site
Elias Hasket Derby, Salem’s prosperous ship-owner, and his bride Elizabeth Crowinshield began their married life in the brick house behind you in 1762. Seven children later, in 1780, Derby began building a much larger structure on the site in front . . . — Map (db m62549) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Roger ConantBorn 1592 – Died 1679 — The First Settler of Salem, 1626
“I was a means, through grace assisting me, to stop the flight of those few that then were here with me, and that by my utter denial to go away with them, who would have gone either for England, or mostly for Virginia.” — Map (db m17985) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Saint Peter's Episcopal ChurchSalem, Massachusetts — Founded 1733
The first congregation of the Church of England gathered in Salem in 1626. Driven underground by the puritans, it re-emerged in 1733 as Saint Peter's Parish, built on land given by Philip English, one of the accused Salem witches. Just before the . . . — Map (db m47989) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Harbor
If Salem was once a prosperous world seaport, it was not due to the geography of the harbor, but to the enterprise of her mariners, tradesmen, and merchants. Unlike other major ports such as New York, Salem Harbor had no major river to link it . . . — Map (db m86540) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Harbor
If Salem was once a prosperous world seaport, it was not due to the geography of the harbor, but to the enterprise of her seamen, tradesmen, and merchants. Unlike other major ports such as New York, Salem Harbor had no major river to link it . . . — Map (db m86541) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Welcome to Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The site was established in 1938 to preserve the wharves and historic buildings associated with Salem's contributions to the economic development of the young United States. From its founding in . . . — Map (db m86459) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Maritime National Historic SiteNational Park Service-U.S.Department of the Interior
Salem Maritime National Historic Site-Welcome to Salem Maritime National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System. Since 1938, this park has preserved the wharves and historic buildings associated with Salem’s prosperous years of overseas . . . — Map (db m86463) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Willows
Salem Willows is named for the European white willow trees planted here in 1801 to form a shaded walk for patients convalescing at the old smallpox hospital. Later the area became a park. During the first half of the 20th century Restaurant Row on . . . — Map (db m85992) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Willows Park Opens for Business
Salem Willows Park is truly one of the city’s treasures. The 35-acre waterfront site, located at the tip of the Salem peninsula, is named for the European white willow trees that were planted in 1801 for the benefit of patients at the nearby . . . — Map (db m86190) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — St. Joseph's Parish War MemorialSalem, Essex County Massachusetts
There are three sides of inscription: Time will not dim the glory of their deeds Then a panel that says Erected by Laurier Associates and dedicated to the 2105 volunteers of St. Joseph Parish — Map (db m97367) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Burying Point1637 — Oldest Burying Ground in the City
Here are buried Captain Richard More Mayflower Passenger Governor Simon Bradstreet Reverend John Higginson Chief Justice Benjamin Lynde Justice John Hathorne of the Witchcraft Court — Map (db m51923) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Custom House
Inside this impressive building were the offices of the United States Customs Service collectors, inspectors, and other officials. It was here that ship’s captains and owners paid duties on imported goods, ordinarily about 5% of their value. . . . — Map (db m23857) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Custom House
Inside this impressive building were the offices of the United States Customs Service collectors, inspectors, and other officials. It was here that ship’s captains and owners paid duties on imported goods and conducted other business. Before . . . — Map (db m86927) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The First Meeting House Erected in Salem
Here stood from 1634 until 1673 The First Meeting House erected in Salem. No structure was built earlier for congregational worship by a church formed in America. It was occupied for secular as well as religious uses. In it . . . — Map (db m85825) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The First Muster
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Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Pedrick Store House
The Pedrick Store House, originally located on Marblehead Harbor, was built by Marblehead merchant Thomas Pedrick (1736-1802) in about 1770. It was first used as a store house for salt and goods from the cod fish trade, with a sail loft on the . . . — Map (db m86521) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Salem Witch Trials Memorial
In 1692, nearly two hundred people in the Salem area were accused of witchcraft, then considered a crime. Twenty of the accused were tried and executed – victims of fear, superstition, and a court system that failed to protect them. This . . . — Map (db m85901) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Town House
Three rods west of this spot stood, from 1718 until 1785, The Town House. Here Governor Burnet convened The General Court in 1728 and 1729, a Town Meeting held here in 1765 protested against The Stamp Act, and another in 1769, . . . — Map (db m85899) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Witch Gaol
Here stood the Salem gaol built in 1684, used until 1813 razed in 1957 -------- During the witchcraft persecution of 1692, many of the accused were imprisoned here. One of them, the aged Giles Cory (b. 1611), was pressed to . . . — Map (db m85900) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — To the Farthest Port
In the late 1700s and early 1800s Salem’s ships reached out to the world. From this wharf alone between 1785 and 1799, shipowner Elias Hasket Derby dispatched 170 trading vessels on pioneering voyages to China, India, the East Indies, and the . . . — Map (db m86538) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — War Memorial Honor RollSalem Common, Salem Massachusetts Essex County
Dedicated to those who died in the service of their country 2 columns of names for World War II 2 Columns of names for Korea 2 columns of names for Vietnam 1 column for Iraq 1 column for Afghanistan — Map (db m97383) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Wharves in the Early 1800s
If you visited Salem’s waterfront in the late 1700s or early 1800s you would have been impressed not only by the ships and their exotic cargo, but also by the variety of artisans and craftsmen who worked on the wharf. Sail makers, riggers, rope . . . — Map (db m86536) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Wharves in the Late 1800sSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Not until the later 1800s did we have photographs of sailing vessels berthed along wharves here, but by then we had declined as a world port. The shallow harbor could not accommodate the clipper ships and larger vessels that dominated the seas after . . . — Map (db m62541) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — World War I MemorialSalem, Essex County Massachusetts
Roll of honor 1917-1918 Then two rows of names World War I Donated by the city of Salem Rededicated by Mayor Anthony V. Salvo November 11, 1986 — Map (db m97368) WM

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