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Karen Barter
Director of Development
978-744-0991 x 126

Staffordshire Historic Teacup and Tea set

Help us to celebrate Caroline Emmerton’s vision with the 2016 Annual Appeal


Caroline Emmerton at H7G

The story we tell is a moving one. The Gables’ founder, Caroline Emmerton, saved an architectural and literary treasure, created a museum, and used proceeds from ticket sales to fund programs that helped newly arrived immigrant neighbors settle into the community. This year, the 150th anniversary of her birth, we wish to honor this visionary social entrepreneur.

Miss Emmerton’s legacy carries on, thanks to your past support. The Secret Rooms Project, now underway, will help ensure the preservation of The House of the Seven Gables for generations to come. Educational programs draw a diverse and enthusiastic community to our Visitor Center, engage children in our schools, bolster area citizenship programs, and reach at-risk students and their families. Our annual exhibits link our historic past to our promising future.

Your support is critical. Just as Caroline Emmerton’s work inspires us, your generosity sustains us. Together we can move toward a future that’s promising and rewarding for all.

The Gables is a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is fully deductable under the law.  No goods or services were exchanged for this donation.

Annual Appeal Levels

The storied past of The House of the Seven Gables has something more to reveal within the original four walls of this venerable 1668 mansion. Two second-floor chambers (rooms) were partitioned off decades ago and later used for utilitarian purposes. Recent careful removal of the partitions and 18th-century flooring have revealed a large chamber and adjacent living space with original 17th-century-wide pine floors, hand-forged nails and an exposed gunstock post.

We would like to restore these previously private and largely unknown spaces and open them to the public. These newly restored rooms will impart greater scope and meaning to the stories The House of the Seven Gables tells. Rarely does such a historic property yield such an exciting opportunity!

The House of the Seven Gables invites you to join a select group to help us launch a New Chapter in The Gables’ legacy. Two upstairs chambers, unknown by almost everyone until now, are going to be restored and opened to all. Some secrets are meant to share! Please help us make this happen!

Secret Room Levels

Enrichment through Literacy

Hundreds of local children enjoyed bilingual stories and were entertained by a magician. This program and future ones like it can be sponsored for $1,000.

Fund the field trips for all 3rd and 5th graders in Salem for $10,000. Each field trip will cost $10 per child.

Your donation can fund:

10 children for $100
25 children for $250
50 children for $500

The Gables Brick Project

The front entrance walkway of The Gables is in need of brick repair. This offers a unique opportunity for the community to honor their friends and family, whether living or deceased. Bricks can be purchased and inscribed with the name of your family member or friend. Please see the price list below. Order forms are available on our website  If you have any questions, please call the Development Department at 978-744-0991 x 126 or email


Brick, 4″ x 8″, Red clay with laser cut script in black, 1-2 lines (20 characters per line)  $65 each
Brick, 8″ x 8″, Red clay with laser cut script in black, 1-3 lines (20 characters per line)  $125 each

The House of the Seven Gables reserves the right to not accept the wording of a donor if it does not align with our mission and code of ethics. In this case, we will contact the donor and try to find an agreeable change. No proofs will be offered and placement will not be promised. This purchase is not refundable.


Planned Giving

If you are interested in planned giving, please call or email Director of Development, Karen Barter at 978-745-0991 x 126 or  Please include the name of your company.  We can help you arrange with your investment company.  Thank you for considering a gift to The Gables.


Corporate Matching Gifts

Does your company offer charitable matches to your giving?  We can help you with that as well.  Please email the name and address of your company, the amount and date you plan to give and we will provide you with a matching gift form.

Please call or email our Development Department (Karen Barter, Director of Development at 978-745-0991 x 126 or

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Karen Barter
Director of Development
978-744-0991 x 126