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Exterior image of The House of the Seven Gables with the garden in full bloomAn American Treasure…

John Turner, merchant and ship-owner built a house on Salem Harbor in 1668. This house was destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes. The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. In 2007, the historic site was designated a National Historic Landmark District.

In 1910, Salem philanthropist Caroline Emmerton restored the house and opened it to the public as a museum, using proceeds from ticket sales specifically to fund settlement work that benefited immigrant families. The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association remains dedicated to being a welcoming, thriving, historic site and community resource that engages people of all backgrounds in our inclusive American story.

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement is a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit organization. Membership, annual donations, and visitation income allow us to fulfill our mission. We do not receive federal funds to support our mission of education and preservation. Please consider a donation or becoming a member to help us continue our work in the community. The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is a 501(c)(3) charity.

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