Mayor Kimberly Driscoll has proclaimed Sunday, March 27, 2011 Salem Women’s History Day. In celebration of this proclamation, you are invited to join Historic New England’s Phillips House, the House of the Seven Gables, and the Witch House for a special community open house on Sunday, March 27, 2011 from noon – 4:00 p.m. Each property will be open for free to Salem residents with proof of residency and will feature tours and stories relating to the ladies of each house museum.
The Phillips House is located at 34 Chestnut Street and will have guided 45 minute tours that show what daily life was like for Anna Phillips and the Irish domestic staff who kept the household going. These tours will leave on the half-hour. If you would like more details, please contact the Phillips House at 978-744-0440.
At the House of the Seven Gables discover how Hawthorne’s Cousin Susanna Ingersoll and museum founder Caroline Emmerton changed the course of history on this waterfront site, located at 115 Derby Street. A special exhibit detailing Emmerton’s life and work will also be on display. Tours are available continuously. Please call 978-744-0991 for details.
The Witch House will be featuring a display on 17th century female novelist Aphra Behn. She is widely considered the first English woman to earn a living by her own pen. Self-guided tours are available through the afternoon. The Witch House is located at 310 ½ Essex Street. Please call 978-744-8815 for details.
Each site will also have additional information about the Salem Women’s Heritage Trail, featuring local sites where women have made an impact over the past four centuries of Salem’s history. To download information before starting your tour, please visit www.salemwomenshistory.com.