Friday, December 6, 2019

Salem's First Day Hike

Salem’s First Day Hike
Explore the history of the Salem Custom Houses

December 5, 2019 (Salem, MA) – On January 1, 2020, the National Park Service, the City of Salem, Essex National Heritage Commission, and the Salem Historical Society invite locals and community members to participate in First Day Hike, a national initiative established by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors and connecting with places in their own backyards. This will be the fifth year that Salem community members have participated in First Day Hike.
This year’s hike will begin at 12:00pm at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street. This year’s hike will focus on the importance of the Custom House to Salem’s history. David Moffat from the Salem Historical Society will lead the hike through the downtown district stopping at a few of the locations of past Custom Houses along the way. The hike will finish at the 1819 Custom House at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, followed by an optional walk up and back on Derby Wharf. This event is free and open to hikers of all ages. 
“I would like to thank the National Park Service and the Essex Heritage Commission for organizing this First Hike event. It has become a new Salem tradition and a great way to start off the New Year,” says Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll.  
“Join your community by tromping around town as part of the First Day Hike.  We've done this for five years, so now it’s a custom! This year, plan to unwrap the history of Custom Houses in Salem,” says Salem Maritime National Historic Site Superintendent Paul DePrey.    
Essex National Heritage Commission CEO Annie Harris says, “Over the past five years, Salem’s First Day Hike has become very popular and we are thrilled to partner on this wonderful event that gets people outside, enjoying the rich heritage of their community.”
In 2019, close to 55,000 people from across the nation kicked off the New Year with a First Day Hike. While State Parks entice millions of visitors year-round, a First Day Hike in many states offers a family-friendly event with a unique perspective of what nature has to offer. America’s State Parks is the website host for First Day Hikes in 2020. Find additional information on hundreds of First Day Hike opportunities across the country at

About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit or call (978) 740-0444. 
Cheri Grishin
Program Manager
Essex Heritage
(978) 740-0444

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Gable December 2019

December 2019 E-Views from The Gables

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Walk the halls of a house that has stood the test of time to witness the changing nature of the holidays over the years.

During the holiday season, experience the history of Christmas in New England. One of our professional guides will lead you through the mansion, adorned with holiday decorations, and share the history of the holiday over the last four centuries.

This special tour is part of the guided tour experience. Click here for full details about pricing and hours. Please note: The House of the Seven Gables will close early December 24, and will be closed on December 25.

Planning for our future is a continuous process. We are currently identifying, planning, and executing within the guidelines of our Interpretive Plan. As of November, we have been diligently working on our Dining Room Chamber enhanced prototype, updating and modifying our tour experience, gathering feedback about the Counting House experience, and updating our site signage.

“We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Photo of the Month submitted by @purelysalem

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Special access events are a fantastic perk of membership. This month, you won’t want to miss an exclusive shopping experience. Wander through the c. 1655 Retire Becket House, home to our Museum Store.

On Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., shop for everyone on your list at this holiday shopping event. All members receive a 25 percent discount in the Museum Store. While shopping you are invited to sample our wassail and refreshments. You can also see the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion decked out for the season as you walk through the first floor. To register, please email Madeline Duppenthaler, at or call 978-306-7005.

What's New in Settlement

December offers us an opportunity to partake in a “world of holidays” and celebrations; from religious holidays, secular celebrations, causes, special interest, and cultural gatherings.  This December, ESL and Citizenship students from The House of the Seven Gables’ Settlement program, along with family and friends will come together to celebrate a World of Holidays.

Join our students on December 17
, 6 to 8 p.m. for a World of Holidays at The House of the Seven Gables.

One of our students holiday traditions comes from Albania where they celebrate New Year's Eve:

New Year’s Eve is all about coming together with the extended family, neighbors, and friends to share large traditional meals. In Albania, the New Year’s Eve dinner centerpiece is a large turkey, stuffed with roasted chestnuts, raisins, cannella, and onions. A silver coin is placed inside a pie or cake and whoever finds the coin in their piece will enjoy luck during the coming year. A New Year’s tree is placed in homes and children receive their gifts from Babagjyshi i Vitit te Ri, the Old Man of New Year.


TODAY! December 1
2:00 p.m.

The House of the Seven Gables: An Illustrated Classic

Jack Butterworth, the owner of one of the largest collections of comic art in New England, will share some insider stories behind the two comic book versions of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The House of Seven Gables”
Members: FREE
Non-members: $10
 Reserve Tickets >>

December 17
6 to 8 p.m.
Settlement Holiday Celebration

Join our ESL and Citizenship students for a diverse celebration of holiday traditions from around the world.
Learn More >>

November 29 — December 31
Four Centuries of Christmas Tours

Walk the halls of a house that has stood the test of time to witness the changing nature of the holidays over the years. Experience the history of Christmas in New England as you are guided through our mansion, adorned with holiday decorations.
This special tour is part of the guided tour experience. Click here for full details about pricing and hours.

The Holidays are here!
It’s time to shop local at The House of the Seven Gables Museum Store. We offer a relaxed shopping atmosphere in our c. 1655 Retire Beckett house.

Who on your list loves to read; need some Wassail to serve to your family and friends; looking for ornaments? We have gift suggestions and look forward to assisting you.

If you can’t make it to the Museum Store, you can always shop online! >> 

The House of the Seven Gables is offering FREE Adult ESL & Citizenship classes at:
Salem Academy Charter School
45 Congress Street, Salem, MA

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Walk-in registration welcome starting 1/17/20.

For more information, contact: Elsabel Rincon: 978-306-7001 or

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2019 annual progressive dinner

Join us for the 
Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association
Annual Progressive Dinner
Monday, December 9, 2019

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Hors d’oeuvres & drinks
at the home of Tom Drilling & Jason Tedros, 95 Essex Street, 2nd floor.
BYOB beer or wine, juices and soft drinks provided.
No hard liquor please!

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Entrees, sides, & salads
at the home of Jim & Claire Bailey, 188 Derby Street.
Bring a main dish or a salad or vegetables/potatoes/rice.

8:00 - 9:00 PM
Dessert & coffee
at the home of Mira Riggin, 2 Curtis Street
(corner of Essex)

Please call or email Bill Sano with your choice of what you are going to bring;
appetizer, entree, side dish, or dessert.
RSVP to Bill Sano at 978-744-4787 or
If you have to cancel, please do so at least 24 hours in advance,
so we can balance the menu.  DON’T BE A NO-SHOW!

OUR NEXT MEETING IS Monday, January 13, 2020.

Friday, November 8, 2019

3 great events at the Gables

Three great events happening at The Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is a drop-off location for the 12th annual It Starts With Me! Thanksgiving Drive. Drop off your donations to our Visitor Center November 1 — 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and receive a coupon for a 10% discount in our Museum Store – good for any time in the month of November.

The following non-perishable goods will be accepted:
  • Gravy, Roasting tins, Stuffing, Canned vegetables, Bottled juice, Cranberry sauce, Cooking oil, and Gift cards to Market Basket that will be used to purchase turkeys and other perishable goods

November 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo!) Join The Witch City Writers as they inspire you with a pop culture-inspired writing. Expect a couple of word sprints (10-minute speed writing!) and productive time with fellow writers.

This event is free. Registration is appreciated >>

November 11

As a thank you for service to our country, The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to offer free admission for veterans with military ID on Veteran’s Day.

Active military families with IDs receive military discounts for guided tours during regular museum hours. Plan your visit >>