SALEM — It’s time to celebrate.

The House of the Seven Gables — known as the Turner Mansion back in 1668, later, as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, and, then, in 1910, as the best place to curdle the blood in a secret staircase — is having a party. A big one. The House of the Seven Gables is 350 years old this year and all are invited to join in a celebration with international flair and hometown hospitality.

Gables Fest — honoring 350 years of stories — is Saturday, August 4, from 4 to 10 p.m. at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, Massachusetts. Those interested may reserve a spot at For more information, email or call 978-744-0991, ext. 152. Parking is limited so those interested are advised to take public transportation such as the trolley, the ferry from Boston, the commuter train or Uber. The walk from downtown Salem is half a mile, or a leisurely 10-minute walk.

“Gables Fest celebrates the 350th anniversary of The Gables through music and dance,” says Julie Arrison-Bishop, special projects manager. Guests are welcome to spend the afternoon and evening at The Gables, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the entertainment. “We are making it a global affair to pay homage to the Settlement mission,” says Arrison-Bishop. “Come and hang out at any time between 4 and 10. There will always be something going on including food trucks, drinks and refreshments, performers, music, activities for the kids, dancing and more. Expect surprises!” Before 4 p.m., regular tours of the house will be running. Performers include:

The Eastern Turkish Renaissance Ensemble playing traditional Turkish music.

The Tibetan Opera Dancers sharing the history of Tibet through their music and dance.

The Craft Ensemble made up of women playing classical music.

Immigrant Cantata, performing John Kramer’s acclaimed and moving piece, The Immigrant Experience. According to the Winchester Unitarian Society, “this timely piece reflects the issues surrounding immigration, and features texts by the Founding Fathers and others that established the United States as a welcoming place — a place, in the words of George Washington,  “open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions.” Kramer’s cantata is composed in seven movements for choir, soloists, violin, clarinet, cello, and piano. 

The Madhouse band, with plans to get everyone on their feet and dancing.

Gablesfest House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is notable for many things, key among them: the handsome and historic mansion; the colorful gardens; the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne to write “The House of the Seven Gables”; the unparalleled location at the foot of Salem’s historic maritime waterfront; The Gables is one of six historic buildings — Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace among them — that make up the National Historic Landmark property; the dual mission, as robust now as it was when Settlement Association founder Caroline Emmerton began her settlement work in 1910, using the mansion to support her work with the region’s immigrants.

About The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association

The mission of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve The Gables’ National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit

In 2018, The House of the Seven Gables celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The House of the Seven Gables inspires us as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants become citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, children frolic in the gardens, and authors find inspiration. Celebrate this milestone with us and make your own stories at The House of the Seven Gables.

Pricing for Gables Fest is as follows:

  • General Admission $25   
  • Member Ticket $15          
  • Creative Salem Member Ticket $20        
  • Salem Residents $20        
  • Kids Under 10 $5


The House of the Seven Gables, a k a the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, is in the throes of a year-long 350th anniversary celebration.






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