Derby Street Historic District Visitor Center
The Derby Street Historic District still conveys the feeling of Salem's seafaring era. There are shops, restaurants and B&Bs throughout this intimate neighborhood which is located along Salem Harbor.
House of 7 Gables
Photo: Daniel Goodwin

It's an easy stroll along Derby Street from the Maritime National Historic Site to reach The House of the Seven Gables Historic Site, operated by the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.

Here you'll discover charming seaside gardens connecting a complex of early houses, including Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace and, of course, the seven-gabled house of novel fame. All are open to the public and, yes, there is a secret staircase!

The oldest candy company in America, Ye Olde Pepper Companie, has been operating in the Derby Street neighborhood since 1806. You can see their antique candy molds and equipment on display -- and you can buy their delicious candy.
Forest River Park

A short drive from Derby Street, along Lafayette Street, brings you to Salem 1630: Pioneer Village which offers a glimpse of Salem life in 1630. This 1930 recreation of an early fishing village presents twelve unique structures and period-costumed characters to guide and entertain. It's a special treat for children who will enjoy seeing the duck pond and trying out 17th-century toys and games. (Note: Currently closed for renovation.)

Adjacent to Pioneer Village is Forest River Park, a Salem residents' treasure with its harbor location, spacious grounds and public swimming pool.


Pioneer Village: Salem 1630
Photo: Jim McAllister

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