Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Lonely Planet review for Salem Maritime National Historic Site
The witch phenomenon obscures Salem’s true claim to fame: its glory days as a center for clipper-ship trade with China, started by Elias Hasket Derby. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site comprises the customhouse, the ship Friendship and the wharves, as well as other buildings along Derby St that are remnants of the shipping industry once thriving along this stretch of Salem.
In all, the site comprises 10 different historic locations within a two-block area. Check in at the visitor center for a schedule of ranger-led tours.