The historic waterfront mansion known as the House of the Seven Gables was built in 1668 by a leading Salem sea captain and his wife, John and Elizabeth Turner. The Turners lived in the home for over 100 years before it was sold to Samuel Ingersoll, a prominent Salem mariner, in 1782. Upon his death in 1804, the house was inherited by his daughter Susannah who often hosted her cousin Nathaniel Hawthorne, providing him inspiration for his 1851 novel, The House of the Seven Gables. It was preserved in the early 1900s by philanthropist and museum founder, Caroline Emmerton.
Grow your Cat’s Meow village with this highly-detailed model of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. Make sure to keep an eye out for the signature black cat included on each one.