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Derby Wharf Light Station, Salem

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Derby Wharf Light Station is a historic lighthouse on Derby Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts that is within the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
It was built in 1871 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The United States Coast Guard Light List description is "White square tower. Maintained by the U.S. Park Service". The actual light is above Mean High Water. Its red light is visible for.
The Light Station was originally built in 1871 and used an oil lamp shining through a Fresnel lens. For many years, Derby Wharf Light had one of only 17 sixth-order Fresnel lenses in the United States. Today, the light is solar powered, and the light is a red flash every six seconds. To visit Derby Wharf Light Station on your trip to Salem, use our Salem trip planner.
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  • I am a big fan of lighthouses, both big and small, and we were in Salem on a beautiful fall day. After walking around downtown Salem, we went down by the water and took a walk down to the light... 
    I am a big fan of lighthouses, both big and small, and we were in Salem on a beautiful fall day. After walking around downtown Salem, we went down by the water and took a walk down to the light...  more »
  • A guide recommended the walk out to the station. It was lovely! Wear comfortable shoes that won't get rocks in them as the path is all gravel. Also for those who are wondering, there is no seating at....  more
    A guide recommended the walk out to the station. It was lovely! Wear comfortable shoes that won't get rocks in them as the path is all gravel. Also for those who are wondering, there is no seating at....  more »
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  • A beautiful little walk outside of town. You can see the harbor and all the activity as you stroll.
  • A little shorter than I had expected, but cool to walk over to.

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