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Custom House

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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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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.