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Grand Mansions and Everyday Workshops: The Buildings of Salem Maritime Walking Tour
October 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The buildings that line Salem Harbor represent centuries of architectural evolution, the disparities between the working waterfront and those who benefited from the created wealth, and the variety of structural needs to maintain a thriving port city.
Join historian Donald Friary for a 45-minute walking tour of the Salem Maritime National Historic Park. This tour will introduce visitors to the wharves and buildings of the working waterfront in the Great Age of Sail and to the dwellings of the great merchants, ship captains, mariners, and widows who lived close by. The splendid U. S. Custom House built in 1819 attests to the importance of maritime activity that in one year enabled Salem to collect more customs revenue than any other American port. The Elias Hasket Derby and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby House and nearby mansions show the splendor in which the great merchants and ship captains lived, while the backstreet Narbonne House reveals the modesty that characterized the lives of the workers who made the port and the community possible.
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