Welcome to The Northey Street House, Salem's bewitching B&B. This Bed & Breakfast is centrally located in the heart of Salem Massachusetts, on a quiet little street between the Salem Common and the North River called Bridge Street Neck, a National Historical District. One can really appreciate the location during Halloween's Haunted Happenings.
According to available evidence, this historic house was built for Nathaniel Appleton, Jr., cabinet-maker, circa 1809. Travel back in time, and stay in a home listed in the national register of historic places. This 200 year old house has been completely renovated and elegantly restored as an Inn with modern amenities and is a fine example of Federal architecture. Our Salem (Chinese coin) motif and nautical compass rose logo subtly captures the 1809 seafaring history of this great bygone era.
Research by Historic Salem Inc. showed that the land was purchased from Salem merchant, Abijah Northey, by Nathaniel Appleton, Jr. for $748.14. Nathaniel Appleton, Jr. (1782-1859) was one of Salem's leading cabinet-makers (furniture-makers) at a time when Salem was famous for the quality of it's furniture. Mr. Appleton's cabinets pieces are highly valued as museum quality pieces today.
Mr. Appleton & wife Susanna Foster Appleton built this Federal home as their primary residence with a workshop that extended to the next (Lemon St) street. It was later occupied also by his eldest daugher Susan and son-in-law Captain Isaiah Woodbury, a Salem shipmaster along with their two sons.
The underpinning is original, with large hewn beams and joists, and arched brick chimney foundations (a double arch on the east side). The main house has a granite foundation on fieldstone. The trim and features (frames, chimney-pieces, winder staircase, etc.) all date from the "Federal" period, consistent with a date of 1809, as is the general plan and form, being a three-storey hip-roof house, five bays by two. A side two-story ell (which we have enlarged to three stories for the B&B).