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The House of the Seven Gables

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115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
www.7gables.org

History

The House of the Seven Gables was built by a Salem sea captain and merchant named John Turner in 1668 and occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. An active captain during the Great Age of Sail, Ingersoll died at sea leaving the property to his daughter Susanna, a cousin of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s visits to his cousin’s home are credited with inspiring the setting and title of his 1851 novel, The House of the Seven Gables.

Vision Statement: To be a sustainable historical, architectural and literary site dedicated to continuing the philanthropic “Settlement” tradition of educating our immigrant population.

Mission Statement: To preserve our National Historic Landmark District and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide educational opportunities for our local immigrant community.

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April 2018

April Vacation: Living History Lab

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments. Living History Labs take place daily through April Vacation week. Activities and location vary daily. This is included with your regular admission to The Gables. Visit 7gables.org for rates, hours, and information. Admission is free for Salem residents and members of The Gables.

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Meet the Past: Caroline Emmerton’s Gables Tour

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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The House of the Seven Gables was preserved and opened as a museum in 1910 by Caroline Emmerton. Miss Emmerton used proceeds from visitors to fund a settlement house that offered educational opportunities for newly arriving immigrant families. Join one of our professional guides AND Miss Emmerton (on her birthday!) for an interactive tour of The Gables and learn about why she was inspired by Hawthorne’s works to preserve the mansion. There will be two tours: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.…

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April Vacation: Living History Lab

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables allows the young and young-at-heart to learn about history through a unique set of experiments. Living History Labs take place daily through April Vacation week. Activities and location vary daily. This is included with your regular admission to The Gables. Visit 7gables.org for rates, hours, and information. Admission is free for Salem residents and members of The Gables.

Find out more »

Meet the Past: Caroline Emmerton’s Gables Tour

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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The House of the Seven Gables was preserved and opened as a museum in 1910 by Caroline Emmerton. Miss Emmerton used proceeds from visitors to fund a settlement house that offered educational opportunities for newly arriving immigrant families. Join one of our professional guides AND Miss Emmerton (on her birthday!) for an interactive tour of The Gables and learn about why she was inspired by Hawthorne’s works to preserve the mansion. There will be two tours: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.…

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Layers of Paint, Layers of History

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk,…

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Layers of Paint, Layers of History

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk,…

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