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

2 comments:

  1. Holy cow! You saw Nathaniel Hawthorne himself?

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  2. Looks like a grumpy old man...

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