The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

August 2nd, 2017

August Delivers Not One, But Two Festivals in Salem

While most communities have a festival honoring their past, Salem actually has two running concurrently. Our Salem Heritage Days Festival runs from Aug. 1-13, celebrating our past and present, while within it, you can also attend the Salem Maritime Fes…

June 29th, 2016

History is Alive During Salem 4th of July

Patriotism is something that will never go out of style, and in Salem MA we do up the most patriotic day, the 4th of July, in real style. We kick off bright & early at 9am with Mayor Kimberly Driscoll on Salem Common introducing the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence. Dann Maurno will […]

June 28th, 2015

Salem— Filled with History, Overflows for Celebration on the 4th of July

Salem Ma is as patriotic as any other community, with many extras as a backdrop to the history that helped make America the free nation it is today. “There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in historic Salem,” points out Mayor Kimberly Driscoll. “Start off bright and early at Salem Common for the […]

June 19th, 2011

Two Free Lectures on Salem’s History

Salem Maritime, the national park in Salem, welcomes two Salem State University faculty to speak at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  The presentations are free and will be held in the Audit…

June 18th, 2011

The British are Here! The British are Here!

“By His Excellency’s Command:”
General Gage and the British Army in Salem

They are encamped at Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, to be specific.  Salem is the happy host to a British encampment this weekend.  The encampment commem…

April 20th, 2011

Vacation Week Isn’t Over Yet

If you’re home with the kids this week, you’re probably going a bit stir-crazy.  The weather has not been conducive to outdoor fun, and the kids (at least in my house) are getting a bit stir crazy. 

Well, vacation week isn’t over yet, and th…

August 23rd, 2010

The answer to the question, "Where should I start when I visit Salem?"

We hear this question a lot at Destination Salem: “We’ve never been to Salem. Where do we start?”Here, for you today, is the answer I have given dozens of times over the phone.First: Park in the garage. Set your GPS for 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA …

August 10th, 2010

Sailing Vessel Peacemaker to visit Salem Maritime National Historic Site

From August 9 to the 22nd, Salem Maritime will welcome the 400 ton barquentine Peacemaker to historic Central Wharf. “We are committed to having a lively visiting vessel program at Salem Maritime National Historic Site,” said site Superintendent Pa…

August 8th, 2010

Pictures from the Salem Maritime Festival

Yesterday’s Salem Maritime Festival was fantastic. There were wharves filled with activity and family fun, including schooner sails, remote boat races, wooden boat decorating, kite making (and kite flying), face painting, henna tattooing, reenactor…

October 8th, 2009

The West India Goods Store

There are hidden gems, and then there are hidden gems. This one isn’t hidden at all, but it is petite, and it is a gem.Locals shop here, so you know it’s good.The West India Goods Store was built in 1800 as a retail shop for Henry Prince, who was then…

August 10th, 2009

Another tall ship to visit Salem this summer

We really miss our tall ship Friendship, but I appreciate the National Park Service’s efforts to bring visiting vessels to port. The Kalmar Nyckel’s visit from Delaware during the Salem Maritime Festival was terrific. As a vessel, she provided us all…

July 30th, 2009

Kalmar Nyckel is in port

The Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of a 1638 colonial ship that first voyaged to the New World in 1638, is in port in Salem! She is berthed at Central Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for the weekend. She will be open to the public for to…