Made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s popular 1851 novel, The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, built in 1668, is the structure known as “The House of the Seven Gables.” This sprawling example of a 17th century home was built for wealthy maritime merchant John Turner I. It housed three generations of the Turner family before being sold to the Ingersolls, and finally to the Uptons.
Over time the house has changed significantly. Alterations have been brought on by both changes in architectural style and economics. As a result, the pieces in our collection can be separated into several periods in the house’s history. The two largest of these periods are before the house’s 1909 restoration, and after it.