The next part of my adventures in Salem, Mass include a walk around the gardens at the Ropes Mansion, where Allison’s House in Hocus Pocus was filmed and a visit to the House of Seven Gables. The gardens were fun to walk around and I was able to capture photos of beautiful flowers. While, at the House of the Seven Gables, I was able to learn more about Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had visited the House of the Seven Gables before, so I knew what to expect. The book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne called House of Seven Gables is based on this house.
The walk around the Ropes Gardens was filled with flowers. There were signs all around with writing about Samuel Barnard, the merchant who built the house in 1720 and his family. Currently, the house is operated by the Peabody Essex Museum. I wasn’t able to inside the house, but I was able to learn about the garden that was planted there by John Robinson in 1912.
The next stop was a trip to the House of Seven Gables. As I said in the opening paragraph I had been there before. In between my last trip and most recent one I was able to read House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I did enjoy this trip more as I knew what the tour guide was talking about. He spoke about different characters and point out locations where scenes took place.
After a tour of the house there was a section dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house where he was born still stands. At the House of Seven Gables they do not just focus on the book, but his other famous works like The Scarlet Letter and Young Goodman Browne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born and raised in Salem, Mass; so it was fun to actually see the locations where he, most likely, got inspiration for his books. Although, the times have changed the location of the House of Seven Gables with technology, the preservation of the house and grounds remains the same.
On the way out, my sister and I took some time to walk around Salem, MA. There were spotted the Hawthorne Hotel, named after Nathaniel Hawthorne, and many people dressed up. There was so much going on in Salem that it was hard to keep up. I do hope to go back up to Salem, MA some time when it is not as crazy busy. I do recommend a trip to Salem, MA, especially if you are a history buff, as you can learn about early life in America and so much more.