Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November Neighborhood Meeting

HDSNA November Meeting
6:30 pm coffee and refreshments
7:00 pm Meeting
Guest Speaker:
Ward 1 Councillor Bob McCarthy 
Bob will b e updating HDSNA an Salem and the Derby Street neighborhood and will be available for your questions.
The November meeting is also the election of the 2019 HDSNA Board.
Annual Dues are $10 per household (donations are always welcome and appreciated!)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

November at The Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is a drop-off location for the Eleventh Annual It Starts With Me! Thanksgiving Drive. The following non-perishable goods can be dropped off at our Visitor Center November 1 – 16 from 10:00am – 5:00pm:
  • gravy
  • roasting tins
  • stuffing
  • canned vegetables
  • bottled juice
  • cranberry sauce
  • cooking oil
  • and gift cards to Market Basket which will be used to purchase turkeys and other perishable goods
This year, It Starts With Me! has the lofty goal of providing 500 area families a complete Thanksgiving meal. If you’d like to support from afar, consider using and select The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association—you’ll be helping two organizations at once!

Please be sure to ask for your 10% off coupon for our Museum Store as a small token of our appreciation for your support.
We are in the midst of sharing 350 years of stories during our grand anniversary year. Thanks to the support of Mass Humanities, we have been able to offer a wide variety of special programming dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne—a well-known yet enigmatic icon. Using the study of history, literature, and language, hundreds of visitors of all ages have had the opportunity to learn about the themes that Hawthorne explored during his prolific career and how they translate today.
Continue Reading About Our Year of Hawthorne Programming >>
"@h7gables is my personal favorite attraction in Salem because of its beautiful maritime views, gorgeous grounds, and rich history."

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If you would like to have your photo featured as our photo of the month use the hashtag #h7g on Instagram or Facebook.

Cold weather is here, how about something warm and simple to make? Our soup mixes are hearty and comforting, just the thing for November.

The Museum Store is open year-round during regular operating hours.
The House of the Seven Gables is one of 32 sites nationwide selected to host a new program series titled “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Program on Our Immigration Experience.” 

In partnership with Salem State University and the North Shore CDC, we are extremely proud to have been selected to showcase these six community programs that are free and open to the public. Programs feature documentary film screenings and discussions led by Salem State University scholar and moderator Professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello and are designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our country’s immigration history.

"Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience" will begin Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 6 pm at The House of the Seven Gables.
For More Information and Film Dates >>

The House of the Seven Gables is getting a new coat for her birthday...just in time for winter!
Yes, I'll Support The Gables Preservation Efforts >>
Give the gift of The Gables this year!

The House of the Seven Gables is delighted to offer gift memberships during the approaching holiday season! Gift memberships will be available for purchase starting Monday, November 19, and can be ordered online via our website or during your next visit to the Gables.

To ensure that the membership package is shipped before the holidays, please make your purchase no later than December 18.  Memberships can also be purchased in person through December 23.

Stay tuned for more details!
For questions, please contact Allison French at

"Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Become a Member Today! >>
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Purchase Tickets >>
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Planned Road Closures for October

Planned Road Closures for October

City of Salem Announces Planned Road Closures for October
The list below outlines the planned and anticipated road closures for October in Salem, including lot closures and traffic impacts from planned special events. The Salem Police will close roadways at any point if they determine it should closed for public safety reasons.
Note that while there are currently road closures planned downtown for Wednesday, October 31, starting no later than 4:00 p.m., there is a high likelihood that some closures will be made on Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28, as well.  Any closures or changes will be announced and posted at and For real-time traffic and road closure notices, visit and You do not need a Twitter account to follow these pages; if you do have a Twitter account, you can subscribe to both feeds at @SalemMAPolice and @GetThruOctober.

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October 2018: Planned Road Closures and Parking Restrictions
Oct. 4: Grand Opening Parade:  The Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:30pm at Shetland Office Park on Congress St. The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.  
Anticipate traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Rte 1A from Derby St to Brown St will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm. Other road closures are Congress St, Washington St, Essex St from Washington St to Union St, Central St, Front St, and Washington Sq W, N, and S. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route.
            No Parking – Tow Zone Areas
            A parking ban will be in effect on 10/4/18 on the following streets between 5 pm and 9 pm. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be towed.
  • Congress Street both sides from Derby Street to Harbor Street.
  • Essex Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Central Street both sides from Charter Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street both sides from Congress Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Front Street both sides from Washington Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Washington Square both sides from Essex Street to Brown Street.
  • Parking meter spaces at the intersection of Charter Street, Front Street, and Central Street.
  • Washington Street between Essex Street and Front Street, metered spaces.
            Road Closures
            The following roads will be closed on 10/4/18 from 6 pm until approximately 9:30 pm.
  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.
October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21, and 27 & 28: Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St and Essex St from Barton Square to Washington St will be closed to through traffic and no on-street parking will be allowed from 6am to 10pm every Saturday and Sunday. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.
Essex St. from Hawthorne Blvd. to New Liberty St. and Essex St. from Barton Square to Washington St. will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking all weekends in October.
October 13: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9 am at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic impacts along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.
October 14: MDA Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Route 114 and Route 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic, from Marblehead to New Derby Street. Route 1A, including Derby Street, will be closed to traffic between Lafayette Street and Congress Street. Congress Street will also be closed to traffic. Anticipate road closures and traffic impacts from noon to 3 pm. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby Street between Lafayette Street and Congress Street from 11 am to 3 pm.
October 16 – November 2:  Federal Street westbound from Washington Street will be closed and traffic needing to access that block of Federal Street must do so by turning right off of Bridge Street onto the courthouse access road and then turning right onto Federal Street; no left turn will be permitted off of Bridge Street onto the courthouse access road.
October 27: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8 am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic impacts until 10:30 am on the following roadways: Fort Avenue, Derby Street, Szetela Lane, Webb Street, Andrews Street, Washington Square, Essex Street, Charter Street, Derby Street, Winter Island Road, Columbus Avenue, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Drive. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Drive, Victory Road, and Larkin Lane.

October 31: The cruise ship Seabourn Quest is scheduled to arrive at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney Street will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.

October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night. Visitors are strongly encouraged to take the commuter rail or ferry to get to Salem. Expect major traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.

All information above is subject to change. The Salem Police Department will close any street at any time if they determine that a public safety issue exists.

Please note: the MBTA Garage will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Halloween night. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit between these hours.


Friday, Oct. 5- Mayor’s Night Out
5:30PM – 7:00pm

Kids come trick-or-treating with Mayor Driscoll. Meet us at the East India Fountain at 5:30 pm. We will trick-or-treat up and down the pedestrian mall, through the shops at Witch City Mall and beyond. Trick-or-Treat Bags will be provided. Costumes are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We invite you to join us at our next Community Conversation

The Gables proudly supports Hispanic Heritage Month

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association joins the Salem community in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, which recognizes the contributions and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the present United States for centuries.  Started by President Johnson as a week long proclamation in 1968; and then a month long celebration by President Reagan in 1988; Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 to October 15) also falls along Welcoming Week and the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin; in Salem Hispanics make up 15% of the population. Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country bringing with them their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.

Through a flag raising ceremony hosted by the City of Salem we celebrated centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of the community.

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was founded in 1910 with the specific purpose of helping immigrants successfully settle in our community. While the countries from which most immigrants are coming to our city has changed since then, The Gables’ commitment to helping immigrants become engaged and active participants in the community is a strong as ever.  We are both excited and proud to help Salem celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and becoming a Welcoming City.

The Community Conversations on Immigration series provides the community with the opportunity to engage in thoughtful, stimulating and provoking dialogue around immigration and all of its intersecting angles. 

As part of Hispanic Heritage month, we invite you to join our next Community Conversation on Wednesday, September 26, as Magdalena Gómez explores Immigration in an interactive workshop.
Welcome is Healing:
Re-thinking Immigration

Wednesday, September 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the idea of “welcome” in our lives, and how it benefits us to keep our minds and hearts open to new people and experiences.  We will look at the diverse meanings of “welcome” and how we can welcome into our lives the people, situations and things that heal and calm us, as time for rest and reflection becomes increasingly elusive in a fast-paced society. Participants will be given tools based in theater, creative movement, writing and voice, to welcome more peace, and new people and experiences into their lives. Participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing, soft soled shoes and be prepared to move and have fun!
This event is free and open to the public.
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

October at The Gables

Deliver Us from Evil:
Counter-magic in Early New England

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Folk magic was far more common in colonial New England than most of us realize. Join Emerson W. Baker of Salem State University to learn more.

Members: FREE; Non-Members: $10


October 10, 17, and 24
from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Special family discount from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Enjoy wickedly fun family programs around our museum campus. 

Ben Wickey’s “The House of the Seven Gables”

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Salem Horror Fest and Cape Ann Cinema present a night with Ben Wickey and his animated shorts, The House of the Seven Gables and The Homecoming.


Get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel. Performances begin every five minutes in The House of the Seven Gables and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.


Performance dates: October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
8:00PM - 10:30PM

This experience takes visitors back through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home to the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, through the eyes of the author, whose own ancestor, Judge John Hathorne had a hand to play in the tragic events of 1692. Performances begin every ten minutes in The Nathaniel Hawthorne birth house and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing.


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