Narbonne House

Narbonne House (HM16HF)

Location: Salem, MA 01970 Essex County
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N 42° 31.349', W 70° 53.236'

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Salem Maritime National Historical Site

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

Salem Maritime National Historic Site-The modest house in front of you is one of the oldest in Salem. Built here in 1672, the Narbonne House is also one of America's few surviving middle-class homes of the 1600s.

The builder and first owner was a"slaughterer," or butcher, Later, residents included a weaver, a shoreman, a tanner, and several seamen. One of the last owners was Sarah Narbonne, a seamstress, who operated a tiny "Cent Shop" in the lean-to on the side of the house. Their lives have all left traces, which recent archeological investigations have brought to light.

By 1760, a small brick-floored dairy in the backyard kept milk and cheese cool. Between 1780 and 1820, prosperous owners put up a handsome carriage house and narrowed the lean-to so a carriage could get past it.

In the 1870s, when the house hooked into city water mains, residents began filling their outmoded backyard wells with discards and trash. In all, the Narbonne lot has yielded more than 142,000 artifacts of middle-class in Salem.

Narbonne House in 1913 (photo to the right): 1. Original home (1672). 2. Gambrel-roof addition (1730s). 3. Lean-to (ca. 1800). 4. Carriage House (demolished 1965).

HM NumberHM16HF
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 344983 N 4709515
Decimal Degrees42.52248333, -70.88726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.349', W 70° 53.236'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 20.94" N, 70° 53' 14.16" W
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Area Code(s)978, 781, 617
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 71 Essex St, Salem MA 01970, US
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