Ropes Mansion

Built in 1727, the Ropes Mansion is in the McIntire Historic District of Salem, Mass.

It was originally constructed for merchant Samuel Bernard before being sold to Judge Nathaniel Ropes Jr. in 1768. During the Revolutionary War, a mob is said to have raged outside the house to protest Judge Ropes’ loyalist ties.

While the outside looks mostly like it did upon its build, the interior was extensively renovated in 1807.

The Ropes family lived there until 1907, at which time the house was given to the Trustees of the Ropes Memorial for public use. The family intended it to be used to establish a free school of botany, and as a memorial to the Ropes family.

A large, lush garden adorns the property, but we were there in the wrong season to see any of its blooms.

The Ropes Mansion was featured in the 1993 Disney film, “Hocus Pocus” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It is now operated by the Peabody Essex Museum, and has been open to the public since 1912. (It is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, though.)


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