Friday, May 6, 2011

DJDJ - Custom House

Nathaniel Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter, introduces his story in a place called the Custom House. He was actually an employee of this building from 1847-1849. During his stay in Salem, he wrote the famous book about a condemned Adulterer in a Puritan Bostonian society. Salem was an important early-American seaport, and the Custom House was used to collect taxes in imported goods.

Salem, MA Maritime National Historic Site
Mr. Hawthorne Himself


  1. Holy cow! You saw Nathaniel Hawthorne himself?

  2. Looks like a grumpy old man...