"For one hundred years, Historic New England has served as the region's storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England home and family life," reads the release on HistoricNewEngland.org, and I couldn't say it better myself.
The Phillips House is the only home on Chestnut Street that is open to the public. If you can't make it during the Centennial Open House on Saturday, it is certainly worth the $5.00 admission fee during its regular operating hours. More information can be found at HistoricNewEngland.org. (They have recently launched a new-and-improved web site, and it's worth browsing to see the Phillips House and all of the properties in the care of Historic New England.)
Here is how the very busy site manager for the Phillips and Gedney Houses sees Salem:
Julie Arrison Salem Resident
Site Manager for Historic New England's Phillips and Gedney Houses, Board Member and Events Committee Co-chair for Historic Salem, Inc., Board Member for the Chestnut Street Associates
Where are you from originally? Chicopee, MA
How long have you lived or worked in Salem?
I've moved up to Salem for my job with Historic New England, which started in May 2008.
What is your favorite thing about Salem?
There is always something to do and you can always walk to it if you choose! Salem also has a great running community, almost fully organized by the Wicked Running Club.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Salem?
In a Pig's Eye, Gulu Gulu, Lobster Shanty
What’s your favorite place to shop in Salem?
Salem Wine Imports...Eric Olsen, the owner is so helpful about wine selection for special occasions or every day. Roost has a great selection of anything for myself or for gifts. Harbor Sweets is at the end of my street and is also another great place for last minute gifts.
What is the first thing you do with guests from out of town?
The great thing about Salem is that no matter which type of guest is coming up, there is something appropriate to do...and ALWAYS something going on. Museum friends always like a trip to the PEM. Others like dinner at Sixty2 on the Wharf and drinks somewhere after. Mom and Dad love to walk around the Willows and Winter Island. I've "coerced" friends to come up for the Phillips House Car Meet, the Antique Boat Show, Spring Fling, Salem So Sweet, and many other fun events.
If you want to shop, dine, and explore like Julie, here are links for more information:
In a Pig's Eye
Gulu Gulu Cafe
Sixty2 on Wharf
Salem Wine Imports
roOst: Urban Country Design
Antique Boat Festival
Peabody Essex Museum
Phillips House Car Meet
Winter Island Maritime Park
Wicked Running Club