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Review of Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-740-1650
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Ranked #13 of 56 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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.
Princeton, New Jersey
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“Sign up for the tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Without a Ranger to get you on the sloop and show you the interior of the Customs House, this is just a nice bit of urban space. A phone call to a number posted on a sign in front of the Customs House got us on the noon tour. One can also register at the Visitor's Center. Some folks did neither and since there was room they joined in with no effort at all. The Ranger put it all into perspective - the "Friendship" carried about 3 semi-trailer loads of stuff and sailed as far as China, always trading up. The Custom House interior is also interesting with the connection with Hawthorne and the "Scarlet Letter" as a part of the story. Much of the income for the USA came from customs duties and similar fees and Salem was a very rich town before bigger ships and a shallow harbor took the trade away. The Ranger made the building come alive as a place of business, although one does have to remember Hawthorne's take on it. Get on the tour and pay attention - it is definitely worth a phone call.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Lovely tour of the Friendship. Our tour guide knew the ship's history well. Tour also went into the Custom's house, which I was not too fond of. Although the ship makes up for it!

Visited August 2013
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Rochester, New York
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“Interesting to visit the ship Friendship”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This park contained some historic buildings and an old merchant vessel from the 1700s. No one was present to let you on the ship, or to answer questions. However, the site itself was quite pleasant, and we gathered a lot of interesting facts simply by reading the plaques around the area. It was a nice was to spend an hour of time, and there are benches that can be used to rest your feet and take in the view. This was well worth the time to see the sights,

Visited September 2013
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“The Other side of Salem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I hope I'm reviewing the right tour. This was a free tour by the National Park service and included the ship Friendship and the Salem Courthouse. You do have to sign up for tour at the Visitors Center on Essex St.
This was a great tour. My husband is much more interested in Maritime history than witches, so this was for him. Austin led the tour and was engaging and informative. He definitely knew his subject and enjoyed sharing about it. The tour was just a little over an hour. It included time on the Friendship(a replica ship that you can board for a self tour)
and in the Courthouse (which I believe is locked except for tours). There was lots of time for questions. I enjoyed hearing about the "other side" of Salem.

Visited September 2013
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“Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Interesting and fun. I enjoyed it more than the witches and pirates. Take the free tour offered by the parks service.

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