This area incorporates the businesses and historical sites within an area bound by Church,
Central, New Derby, and Washington Streets. It was added to the National Register of
Historic Places in 1983, expanding the original Old Town Hall Historic District, which
was previously listed in 1972. Two properties in the district previously listed individually
on the National Register: the Joshua Ward House and Salem City Hall on Washington
Downtown Salem is home to the Salem Main Streets initiative that celebrates the city’s
rich history, is building on its progress, and is helping to create the most vibrant
community possible. They operate a Haunted Happenings information booth during the
Halloween season, and the Salem Farmers’ Market brings almost 3,000 visitors every
Thursday to Derby Square to purchase from the more than 30 local vendors.
If you’re looking to dine out, Downtown Salem offers foodies a diverse range of dynamic
destinations that offer some of the best cuisine North of Boston. Restaurants include
Opus, Rockafella’s, The Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, The Lobster Shanty, Gulu-Gulu
Café, the Naumkeag Ordinary, the Ugly Mug Diner, and many more!