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Constructing History at The Gables during February Vacation Week
SALEM - Three hundred and fifty years ago, a sea captain by the name of John Turner built The House of the Seven Gables. Back in 1668 it was known as the Turner Mansion. With limited material resources at hand and no power tools, building a house in Colonial MA required skill, ingenuity and a lot more. Families are invited to come to The House of the Seven Gables during February Vacation week - Feb. 17 through Feb. 25 - to find out just how these early settlers created their homes and, even, mansions! Children and their families will find out what worked best for builders, what failed and exactly how they learned from their mistakes. Tools are part of the intrigue - some will look familiar 350 years later. Those attending will learn about the tools of the trade and which materials were used most often in Colonial Salem. All in attendance will have the opportunity to experiment with different construction techniques at each of The Gables' workshop stations. You'll be able to fold and decorate your own paper house to take home. School vacation programming is included with admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Special interactive presentations- Why Do We Have Gables? - are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. when Museum staff explore the construction of historic buildings and which parts of these structures are strongest. The Gables is located at 115 Derby St., Salem. For more information, call 978-744-0991 or check out the Museum website at https://7gables.org.

When: Feb 17, 2018 12am to Feb 25, 2018 12am in Chilmark, MA

Free Gables' admission for Beverly residents Feb. 25

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, February 25, 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 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. Pieces owned by Hawthorne and his family are on display in the house, 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.

When: Feb 25, 2018 12am to Feb 25, 2018 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.