Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem

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The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a National Historic Site consisting of 12 historic structures, one replica tall-ship, and about 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land along the waterfront of Salem Harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Maritime is the first National Historic Site established in the United States (March 17, 1938). It interprets the Triangle Trade during the colonial period, in cotton, rum, sugar and slaves; the actions of privateers during the American Revolution; and global maritime trade with the Far East, after independence. The National Park Service manages both the National Historic Site and a Regional Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior.

In 2014, the National Park Service, which runs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, released figures and statistics for 2012: there were 756,038 visitors to Salem who spent an estimated $40,000,000. The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.
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  • Because of COVID the national park office here is not open. Despite that, this was a nice place to walk and explore the harbor. The town has placed benches and chairs along the way for guests to...  more »
  • Alright, so you've come to Salem and exhausted yourself with the witch trials, what next? Aside from the great food all over town, Salem boasts the very fist national historic site in the country...  more »
  • My my my! What a wonderful place. We visited what seems like a long time ago but the memories are so fresh. I hope it’s still as amazing as it was then. I really recommend it. Everyone we encountered was so friendly and the history of the area was astounding. I hope to go back one day for fresh memories.
  • If you have kids be sure to ask about the Junior Ranger program. It’s fun and they can get a Junior Ranger badge. It’s fun here and you get to walk on an actual ship and see what it would feel and look like. I recommend dropping by the Salem visitor Center first and watching their 30 minute video that explains the history of the town. It helps explain everything.

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