West House Whirlpool Suites



W10 - Minerva's Treasure

This whirlpool suite is named after the gift shop that occupied this room in the 1980s. Salem souvenirs were sold here along with ornamental gifts and Salem Inn keepsakes. The faux marble painting on the trim and the wall glaze was done by artist Jill Pabich, a member of the Pabich family.
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W11 - The Seven Gables Room

There are no gables on the West House. However, if it wasn’t for Caroline Emmerton who grew up in this house, there’d be seven fewer gables in Salem. In 1907, she saved the House of the Seven Gables from destruction. Today the House of the Seven Gables offers visitors the opportunity to walk beautiful gardens, look out over the harbor and experience life as seen through the eyes of Nathaniel Hawthorne himself.
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W14 - The Emmerton Room

In 1866, this house was purchased by Jennie Emmerton, who at the time was the wealthiest woman in Salem. She was known to leverage her wealth and stature to advance social causes. Jennie and her father Captain John Bertram, who was equally renowned, donated what is now known as the Emmerton House to the Woman’s Friend Society. Located at 12 Hawthorne Blvd in Salem, the house has been used to provide affordable housing and outreach services to women since 1879 and continues this service today.
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W15 - The Zanzibar Room

Edward D. Ropes, one of Salem's most charitable, conscientious and thoughtful men, was U.S. counsel to Zanzibar until a few years before his death in 1902. Ropes called the West House home. He was closely associated with the Emmertons, served on the Salem City Council and was president of Salem Savings Bank (today Salem Five). Despite his public stature, Ropes was a private man who preferred his deeds go unrecognized.
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W19 - The Millionaire Mariner

Elias Hasket Derby was America’s first millionaire and the son of Richard Derby, who built Derby Wharf. Nathaniel West was a master mariner on one of Derby’s ships. West married Derby’s daughter Elizabeth. At first leery of the union, Derby later took West under his wing, enabling him to become a wealthy merchant in his own right. West later built this house.
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