Constructing History at The Gables, by Dan Marshall, Manager of Visitor Services

March 6, 2015 Published by Julie Arrison-Bishop

When the snows of winter are gone and spring blooms in the region, the Gables will invite guests to explore how houses were built in Colonial Massachusetts. During April school vacation week, from April 18 – 26, between 11:00 – 2:00, The House of the Seven Gables will be hosting fun, family-friendly activities designed for all ages, to examine early New England home building and answer the questions: what worked best, what failed, and how did people learn from their mistakes?

Guests will learn about the tools of the trade and which materials were used most, experiment with different construction techniques at each of our hands-on stations using popular building toys, and fold and decorate their own paper house to take home.

Also, join us daily at 11:30 & 1:30 for “Why Do We Have Gables?” an interactive program to explore which parts of historic buildings are the strongest. Kids will be making shapes with their hands and bodies in this fun, interactive program.

This special programming is part of your museum ticket, which includes guided tours of The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace and self-exploration of our Kid’s Cove maritime history area. Regular admission prices apply. Salem residents are FREE with proof of address.

Woodworking tools

This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop