The Roger Conant (1592-1679) Statue at Washington Square North

Roger Conant was among the group of settlers called the Old Planters who left Cape Ann in 1626 to settle in Salem, then called Nahum-Keike by the Indians and later, Naumkeag. Hawthorne mentions this first settler of Salem in "Main-Street," calling Conant "...of that class of men who do not merely find, but make, their place in the system of human affairs; a man of thoughtful strength...." Hawthorne depicts Conant and his wife as having projected "...an Eden in their hearts..." onto their new home in Naumkeag.
(photography by Bruce Hibbard) close window
citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/fullpageimage.php?name=MMD2247