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

Jennie Emmerton bought this house in 1866. At the time, she was the most wealthy woman in Salem. She leveraged her wealth and stature to advance social causes, most notably donating the Emmerton House. Along with her equally renowned father, Captain John Bertram, Jennie Emmerton donated the house to the Woman’s Friend Society, which provided affordable housing and outreach services to women. The Woman’s Friend Society continues to contribute actively to this day.
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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. This house may not be a Sultan palace, but Ropes called it home nonetheless. 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. He would be displeased with the attention of a room bearing his name.
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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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