April is a perennial favorite month for our organization. The House of the Seven Gables officially opened as a museum and settlement house on April 30, 1910. Caroline Emmerton restored the famed mansion and capitalized on the fame of Nathaniel Hawthorne to fund her settlement house. The settlement house provided a slew of services to immigrants in Salem and specifically the historic Derby Street neighborhood. Today, staff and visitors continue Emmerton’s legacy.
In April, our historic gardens shake the winter away. The month starts with the tulips popping from the ground and buds clustering on the trees. By the end of the month, the site is awash in spring colors set against the blue backdrop of Salem Harbor.
Visitors from near and far also shake off their winter jackets and find their way to Salem in the spring. April is always a reawakening in our fair city as people dine outside again, shop in one-of-a-kind stores, and discover how Salem made its mark as a cornerstone of American history.
We are excited to reopen our doors to the public on April 2, 2021. Our hours for the month will be Friday through Monday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to choose from a Grounds Pass [link] or Semi-Private Guided Tour [link] to soak up the history of our National Historic Landmark District. You can get the full details about our 2021 experience, learn about COVID-19 guidelines and precautions, and purchase your advance tickets on our website.
Please note: Experiences and hours will change experiences and hours will change as the season moves forward. For the most up-to-date pricing and information, visit our website before you finalize your plans to visit us.Tags: april, caroline emmerton, spring flowers, the house of the seven gables, tulips
This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop