Peabody House Deluxe Suites
P1 - The King Derby Suite
"King Derby" refers to Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799) who was a maritime merchant and the first millionaire in the New World. He also was the son of Captain Richard Derby, who started the business that helped establish Salem as an important center of maritime trade in the late eighteenth century. King Derby continued his father’s successful business and the Derbys became the second wealthiest family in New England. Elias was also heavily involved in the revolution and was known for arming a militia of privateers. The title “King Derby” was given to Elias after his death, by famous Salem writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter.
P2 - The Danvers Suite
The Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Village, located in present-day Danvers. This is where Reverend Samuel Parris, the Puritan minister, had his parsonage. The trials were not moved to Salem town until May of 1692, and Danvers did not become independent from Salem until 1752.