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About Us

An American Treasure…

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

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. Over a century later, The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is 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. We are supported by membership, annual donations, and visitation income. 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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