Tour Day Two
Saturday, October 2, 1999
The Manning House,
where Hawthorne wrote
his early works.
Photos by Jim McAllister
By the 1660s Salem's maritime trade had developed to such an extent
that a merchant class began to form.
They dominated the rich trade between the mainland and the "Sugar Islands,"
while extending their reach to include the maritime provinces of Canada,
Bermuda, the Netherlands, and the British Isles.
Captain John Turner was the preeminent merchant of this era.
By 1668, he had amassed enough of a fortune to purchase a choice
piece of waterfront property for a new warf, warehouse, and residence.
In later years, this oldest of Salem's merchant mansions would be
immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne in The House of the Seven Gables.
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