Caroline Osgood Emmerton was born on April 21, 1866 in Salem, Mass. Emmerton grew up in a city that was transitioning from its past as a major shipping port to its future as a manufacturing center for both textiles and the leather industry. George Emmerton, Caroline’s father, worked in the growing chemical industry. The Salem that Caroline grew up in was the Salem of “The Gilded Age,” when advances in machinery led to economic growth, waves of immigration, and tension around class inequality. These trends influenced Emmerton’s career choice later in life.
Miss Emmerton founded The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association in April 1910 to preserve historic buildings and provide educational opportunities to newly arriving immigrants to the Derby Street neighborhood.
We invite you to join us for a guided tour and learn more! As a perk, fellow “Carolines” of the world can enjoy free admission for themselves and one guest on April 21, 2019.