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Historic mansion at Salem museum to reopen after fire

May 22, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — An 18th century mansion that’s part of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is reopening to the public for the first time since it was damaged by an accidental fire in 2009.

The Ropes Mansion has been restored and is set to reopen Saturday. The Georgian colonial was built around 1727 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Salem News reports (http://bit.ly/1GusoAQ ) that rooms in the mansion have been set up to depict Ropes family events over 140 years, including births, weddings and holidays.

Judge Nathaniel Ropes II bought the house in 1768 and his family lived there for the next four generations, excluding the Revolutionary War.

Admission to the mansion is free. It will be open every Saturday and Sunday until late October.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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