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Salem is a city in Essex County, northeastern Massachusetts, on Salem Bay (an arm of Massachusetts Bay). It is a professional service and tourist center and has manufacturing industries producing leather goods, electrical equipment, and machinery. Points of interest include Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which encompasses the Derby Wharf and the Custom House (1819); the Peabody Museum (1868), featuring maritime and ethnographical exhibits; the Essex Institute, a historical museum; the Witch House (1642), the scene of some preliminary witchcraft hearings; the Salem Witch Museum; Pioneer Village, a re-creation of early 17th-century Salem; the birthplace of the author Nathaniel Hawthorne; the House of the Seven Gables (1668), the setting of Hawthorne's novel of the same name; and a number of other stately 17th- and 18th-century homes. The city is also the site of Salem State College (1854). Salem was first settled in 1626. The famous witchcraft trials, which led to the execution of 20 people, were held here in 1692. Salem later grew as a port and by 1790 it was one of the 12 largest communities in the United States. Salem was incorporated as a city in 1836, and remained an important center of world trade until about 1850. A fire in 1914 destroyed much of the city."

Adapted from "Salem (Massachusetts)," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 96 Encyclopedia.
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Modern Day Salem--Includes a huge amount of information on modern day Salem such as demographics,community information and current census numbers. It also contains ancestry and heritage information as well as many links of interest to Salem researchers.

Salem Chamber of Commerce--Information on Salem area businesses as well as a current calendar of events .

Salem City Government--Contains visitor information as well as a history section which including maritime history, early Salem, and 18th and 19th Century history.

Salem Postcard Tour-Take a postcard tour of Salem! Get a feel for Salem with views of many historical homes and buildings, Pickering Wharf, Historical monuments as well as some beautiful postcards depicting scenes from the Salem Witchcraft Trials.Contains 44 postcards.

Historic Salem Preservation-A wonderful preservation organization working to Save and restore many historic homes and buildings. This site has photos of past restoration projects as well as current projects. It also includes a list of National Historic landmarks in Salem.

Salem Web-The Salem City Guide. Includes a virtual tour,architectural heritage,weather reports,travel information, a community bulletin board and much more.


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