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A Gables' symposium investigates the 'Secret Room'
SALEM -- On Sunday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables staff, along with some of the region's most skilled and experienced restoration specialists, present a free symposium. They will recount fascinating, behind-the-scenes details associated with the recent, historic structural restoration of the Secret Room at The Gables. They will also lay out their plans for the project's continuation and lead a community brainstorming session on ways to prepare and furnish the room for its grand opening. The Gables' Executive Director, Kara McLaughlin, said that the restored and furnished Secret Room will open to the public in 2018 -- in time to celebrate The Gables' (originally the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion) 350th anniversary. "Rarely does an iconic property with the history and significance of The Gables yield such an opportunity," says McLaughlin about the room that has remained largely unknown and uninterpreted. The Secret Room is one of two currently under-utilized second-floor rooms. Recent, careful removal of the old partitions and 18th-century flooring revealed a large chamber and adjacent living space with original 17th-century-wide pine floors, hand-forged nails and an exposed gunstock post. Once completely restored and furnished, the rooms will impart greater scope and meaning to the stories The House of the Seven Gables tells to its visitors from around the world. Prior to the start of the symposium on January 22, participants may tour the Secret Room between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. A lunch and roundtable session to help brainstorm ideas for how to best express the room's 350 years of history takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Those interested may visit www.7Gables.org/events or leave a message at 978-744-0991, ext. 152. The symposium is to be held at the Visitor Center, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Mass. Some onsite parking is available. The event is free of charge and registration is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are a few more details about the historic House of the Seven Gables: • The Gables is one of the nation's oldest timber-framed mansions and is one of only a handful of such surviving structures on its original site that is open to the public. • The mansion served as inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic American novel and is the flagship structure in the National Historic Landmark District. • Caroline Emmerton restored The House of the Seven Gables at the turn of the twentieth century, opened it as a museum and used proceeds from admissions to fund social work that supported immigrants settling in the community. The Settlement work is still a primary mission at The Gables. • The larger of the two second-floor rooms, known as the Dining Room Chamber, has never been viewed by museum visitors. • The spaces to be restored retain elements of the original First Period architecture as well as notable changes through the centuries including original decorative treatments, flooring, and paneling. • Once the work has been completed, there will be a comment period for gathering ideas for the design and historical interpretation. The house has witnessed many eras and uses. How restored rooms will be presented to the public is open to discussion. About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.

When: Jan 22, 2017 12am to Jan 22, 2017 12am in Chilmark, MA

Welcome Home, Beverly -- Free admission to The Gables on January 22

SALEM -- The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to invite Beverly residents to a full day of free admission and lively guided tours of the celebrated house made famous by Salem author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his novel, "The House of the Seven Gables." Beverly Welcome Home Day is Sunday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beverly residents may explore the 2.5-acre National Historic Landmark District site including the Colonial Revival Gardens and a beautiful waterfront vista unparalleled in Salem. Other structures on the property include the house where Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, and lived as a child. The 1655 Retire Beckett House, also known as the Museum Store, is stocked with gift items unique to the historic site.  Those taking the house tour will enjoy hearing stories of the two prosperous merchant families, the Turners and Ingersolls. They resided in the house before it was purchased and restored by philanthropist Caroline Emmerton. The house is noted for its display of some of the earliest Georgian-style interiors. On exhibit are pieces owned by Hawthorne and his family, as well as furnished mid-18th century rooms.  The House of the Seven Gables is located at 115 Derby Street in Salem, MA. Some onsite parking is available. Beverly residents and their families are asked to bring valid identification to enjoy this special day. About The House of the Seven Gable Settlement Association The mission of the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is to preserve its National Historic Landmark and leverage its power as an icon of American culture to engage diverse audiences and provide education opportunities for the local immigrant community. For more information visit www.7gables.org.

When: Jan 22, 2017 12am to Jan 22, 2017 12am in Chilmark, MA

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About Chilmark, MA
The Town of Chilmark was founded in 1694 and is located in Dukes County on Martha's Vineyard.

Most of the land in Chilmark is dedicated to its residents and agricultural use. During the month of August the community has a Chilmark Road Race which is put together by volunteers who raise money for community purposes.

Visitors to Chilmark includes President Barack Obama has the First Family, but you should not only frequent it in the summer. During the fall season the weather is beautiful and the picture perfect ocean views make the town an amazing place to visit.