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Historic Derby House in Salem

Salem, MA, United States
20 Kudos
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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