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Ropes Mansion, Salem

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Ropes Mansion (late 1720s), also called Ropes Memorial, is a Georgian Colonial mansion located at 318 Essex Street, located in the McIntire Historic District in Salem, Massachusetts. It is now operated by the Peabody Essex Museum and open to the public.

The house was built for Samuel Barnard, a merchant. In 1768, Judge Nathaniel Ropes, Jr., purchased the house from Barnard's nephew. The Ropes family then inhabited the house until 1907, when the house was given to the Trustees of the Ropes Memorial for public benefit.

Although altered through the years and then restored, the house looks much like its original form, with a symmetrical facade of two stories, three small pedimented gables through the roof, roof balustrade, and modillioned cornice. (Compare it to the Crowninshield-Bentley House and the Peirce-Nichols House, also in Salem.) In 1807, however, its interior was extensively renovated. In the mid-1830s five rooms and the central hall were remodelled, and today's doorway installed (with details inspired by Asher Benjamin's pattern book. In 1894 the house was moved away from the street and further modified internally. A large, fine garden was added behind the house in 1912.

It was featured in the 1993 Disney film "Hocus Pocus".
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  • We know this as Alison's house from Hocus Pocus. Due to Covid it wasn't open so we could only view it from the outside.  more »
  • Beautiful home!! Awesome to see Alisons house from Hocus Pocus! Amazing homes in Salem MA! Would definitely return!  more »
  • We went on a Sunday in the summer and the Mansion was free and open to the public. The garden is always open during daylight hours. The mansion was a nice mix of museum displays and full rooms set up as they would have been while the family lived there. Everything is very well preserved. My favorite part, funnily enough, was the image they had on their "do not touch" signs. The garden was in full bloom during our visit and had story book pages throughout in collaboration with the public library. Definitely worth the visit, just a few steps from the Witch House.
  • Fun little history tour, worth a wait if there is one. Fascinating view into the era. Garden is also beautiful.

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