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Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Address: 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
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Description: Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site...
Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.
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I was amazed by what I learned of the importance that Salem had as a world port. The custom housed being wrapped in the literary history with Nathaniel hawthorne. it is an easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I was amazed by what I learned of the importance that Salem had as a world port. The custom housed being wrapped in the literary history with Nathaniel hawthorne. it is an easy town to walk in and absorb the history that was, and watch those that still live it

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Stop here to get my National Parks passport stamped. Nice little museum and a worthwhile stop while you are in Salem.

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NYC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This site is an essential part of maritime and US trade history. It's also very pretty with great views of the harbor, lighthouse, and a historic ship.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I have been to Salem Massachusetts many years ago. This time I wanted to get more of a perspective on the maritime aspect that made Salem an important economic area. For the tours you must sign up at the NPS Visitors center. On this particular tour, I went into the Derby and Narbonne Houses. Like always the NPS Ranger Guides... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Actually there is not much to see. The sailing ship Liberty is there and that is worthwhile. They are closing the exhibit showing ship hardware, rope, etc. which is too bad. The piers are a nice walk out to the lighthouse and views of the harbor.

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Crawfordville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

If you're a history buff, there's no better place to visit than Salem, with the Maritime National Historic Site topping the list of sites.

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

We toured the Friendship and the Customs House. What a wonderful afternoon! Our guide was absolutely the best but I unfortunately don't remember his name. We were provided with lots of information about the sipping industry of Salem which many people aren't familiar with. Our guide answered all questions and really got the group involved. It was a a great... More 

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New Orleans LA
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Heading out of Boston last month - to Acadia NP - we stopped for the day in Salem MA and really had a full day. From the old ships to the storage warehouse to the Visitors Center (btw, best restrooms around) to the period-style eateries, Salem NP has very much to offer for kids of all ages.

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Bainbridge, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Although the park and ship were nice, the hours that you could visit the Friendship and Custom House were too limiting. It was by appointment only on certain days. Disappointing!

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We took our relatives from Wales on two tours - one of the Customs House, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked, which was the place where the early American republic garnered import tariffs in order to run the country. Our second tour was of the replica of the Friendship, a three masted ship. Salem, in the 1700's was one of the wealthiest... More 

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