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Grand Mansions and Everyday Workshops: The Buildings of Salem Maritime

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$10 – $15

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Location

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

190 Derby Street

Salem, MA 01970

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Refund policy

Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description
Join historian Donald Friary to explore the buildings at America’s first National Historic Site.

About this event

The buildings that line Salem Harbor represent centuries of architectural evolution, the disparities between the working waterfront and those who benefited from the created wealth, and the variety of structural needs to maintain a thriving port city.

Join historian Donald Friary for a 45-minute walking tour of the Salem Maritime National Historic Park. This tour will introduce visitors to the wharves and buildings of the working waterfront in the Great Age of Sail and to the dwellings of the great merchants, ship captains, mariners, and widows who lived close by. The splendid U. S. Custom House built in 1819 attests to the importance of maritime activity that in one year enabled Salem to collect more customs revenue than any other American port. The Elias Hasket Derby and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby House and nearby mansions show the splendor in which the great merchants and ship captains lived, while the backstreet Narbonne House reveals the modesty that characterized the lives of the workers who made the port and the community possible.

This tour is offered as part of Essex Heritage’s Field Institute in partnership with the National Park Service.

FAQs

How long is the tour and where does it go?

The tour lasts roughly 45 minutes, and take place at Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Where does this tour leave from?

Tours meet in front of Waite & Peirce at 190 Derby Street, Salem.

When should I arrive?

Please make sure to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your tour time to check in with Essex Heritage staff. All tours leave promptly at the scheduled time. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket?

No, just provide the name you used to order the tickets and the number of tickets you purchased.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For detailed information about parking and transportation in Salem, visit http://www.salem.org/parking-map-transportation/.

Is this tour handicap accessible?

The tour takes place entirely outdoors on dirt paths or uneven cobblestone streets, that are not easily navigated with wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Please also be aware that there are no places to sit so be prepared to stand the entire time. 

For any questions and information please call the Visitor Center at (978) 224-2036

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Location

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

190 Derby Street

Salem, MA 01970

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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Organizer Essex Heritage

Organizer of Grand Mansions and Everyday Workshops: The Buildings of Salem Maritime

The Essex National Heritage Area, established by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1996, covers the 500 square mile region north of Boston (Essex County) and encompasses thousands of historic, cultural and natural places that were crucial in shaping our nation’s heritage.  

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is the nonprofit management organization for the Area and rallies our community around saving its unique character.  We are the only organization that connects the people who live in the 34 cities and towns within our county!  We do this to achieve our mission “to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.” 

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