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One of thirteen custom homes built in Salem in early America, the Custom House is known for its appearance in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novelThe Scarlett Letter. As Salem was an important seaport for the United States at this time, custom houses were built to collect taxes on incoming cargo. At first collected for the British Government during the colonial era, the American Government began collecting the funds in 1789. The importance of the structure to the federal government is evident in its elegant design and impressive attention to detail, with its wide staircase, high ceilings, and exquisite wood carvings.

This was the last Custom House built to hold these offices. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne did in fact work in the house as a surveyor, and his time there inspired his masterpiece novel. Today visitors can have a look at his former office, as well as learn about the history of the customs process through various exhibits.

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Tours take place Weds-Sun at 1 pm and require a reservation.
178 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970
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Historic Overview of Salem Walking Tour

Historic Overview of Salem Walking Tour

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Delve into Salem’s past beyond the notorious witch trials on a walking tour that ties four centuries of history into the context of this modern Massachusetts town. Stop at important landmarks in the historic center and learn about Salem's seaport origins, early colonial culture, and illustrious former residents from a guide who knows all the details.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Self Guided Audio Tour 'Hawthorne's Haunts' Haunted Walking Tour Salem

Self Guided Audio Tour 'Hawthorne's Haunts' Haunted Walking Tour Salem

This is a Smartphone Guided ghost tour on the WalknTours app. Go anytime, the tour never expires and you can take it as many times as you like. 1 purchase works on 2 smartphones. Great deal! Nathaniel Hawthorne’s legacy runs deep in Salem. you will see the spooky locations linked to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark past and hear the tales of the ghosts that now lurk these parts. Taking the tour is easy. Get the App, Download the Tour, Go to the Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the spooky streets of Salem. This offers spooky narration, theatrically crafted and music infused tour you can take anytime. Contactless and social distance friendly. It's recommended to listen on headphones or earbuds. Also you can Listen on a bluetooth speakers or your phone speaker. What makes this tour special? -The spooky narrator is one of a kind. -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a spooky adventure.
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  • 45 to 55 minutes
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From Lobster Tail to Freedom Trail

From Lobster Tail to Freedom Trail

Get the best of both worlds on this Boston history and seafood tour! Your local guide will meet you in the heart of historic Boston, where you’ll follow the Freedom Trail and enjoy the city’s freshest seafood. Throughout the tour, you’ll be immersed in American history, with a chance to visit the city’s oldest burial ground and the site of the Boston Massacre. Architecture fans will have a chance to see the government at work inside the inspiring Massachusetts State House and the iconic Faneuil Hall and bustling Quincy Market. The rest of your tour is all about seafood. Your guide will lead you to a local spot for some delicious, creamy “chowdah,” followed up by favorite New England fare, the lobster roll. Discover the origins of Boston’s seafood scene as you enjoy fried clams at a neighborhood joint or let us surprise you with an alternative seasonal option nearby – either way, you support our businesses that source locally- and responsibly-sourced seafood,and noone leaves hungry!
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  • 5 hours
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Custom House hours of operation: Tours take place Weds-Sun at 1 pm and require a reservation.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.