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Historic Derby House in Salem

Salem, MA, United States
20 Kudos
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Located right next to the Salem Custom House is the historic Derby House. The house was built by Elias Hasket Derby in 1762 as a wedding present for his wife, Elizabeth Crowninshield. Elias Derby was one of the wealthiest merchants in New England in the 18th century. The son of a ship captain, Elias was active in equipping privateer ships during the American Revolution. After the Revolution, Elias owned a fleet of ships which ran the 18th century trade routes throughout the Atlantic. Eventually he became one of the first merchants to trade goods with China and the far east.
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Derby House
Derby House
Home to Elias Derby, one of the wealthiest merchants in New England

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