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Constructed in the year 1728, the King Hooper Mansion is a grandiose edifice that exudes an archaic charm. This colonial-style building houses within itself a beautiful parlor, a dining area, three galleries and a grand ballroom that boasts of a melodious Steinway piano. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the King Hooper Mansion is home to the Marblehead Arts Association which organizes art exhibitions by nearly 650 local and international artists. Apart from that, the mansion also plays host to other local events including workshops, cultural events and private functions. Check website to know more.
Formerly known as the Castle Brattahlid, the Herreshoff Castle is a former residential home designed in an unusual style of architecture. This home then came to be used as the Bed and Breakfast Inn, by providing it's guest with a carriage house, the guests are welcome to the two levels stone home with a complete apartment and unique designs. This inn is accessible from May 1st through November 1st.
Built as a temporary fortification, Fort Sewall was built on Gale’s Head in 1644. With an intention to provide defense against the French, the fort was further developed in 1742. The fort now serves as a parkland and offers splendid view of the Marblehead coastline and adjoining islands. Re-enactments of important events and other programs are a regular feature here.
Derby Wharf is testimony of Salem’s maritime trade heritage. Located in the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, this wharf is one of three historical docks on the city’s harbor. It is the longest of its kind on this shore and was built in 1762 by merchant Richard Derby, Sr. Take a tour of the park for a glimpse into the past as well as for stunning views of the ocean.
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina is an excellent place to witness Salem’s maritime heritage. Located a few miles from Boston, it is a short distance away from the famous House of Seven Gables. This boat yard features 110 ships and offers an array of facilities like summer rentals and winter storage of yachts. Take a tour of the marina on foot or by water and admire city museums and landmarks in the area, as well as shopping and dining alternatives.
The House of the Seven Gables is a 17th Century Salem mansion which inspired even the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne in her work of the same name. Also named the Turner-Ingersoll mansion, Seven Gables refers to its seven triangular points above the roof line. Built in 1688, this house contains a hidden staircase and is located on Salem Harbor. The house where Hawthorne was born has been moved to this property and can also be seen.
This historical region is an integral part of Salem that also features in the National Register of Historic Places. Here, you will find structures influenced by the Federal style of architecture.
A classic preservation of the maritime history of New England consists of 12 historical structures and nine acres by the Salem waterfront. Here is a very detailed account of the many important events like the Atlantic triangle colonial trading and historical maritime trades with the Orient. The subsequent emergence of American flourishing economics is depicted in events, films, walks along wharfs and guided tours by rangers.