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Hawthorne at Salem

Buildings & Houses

The Robert Manning House

The Robert Manning House at 33 Dearborn St., Salem

33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne
33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle(courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 
The Manning family home was built in 1824 by Robert Manning Sr., Hawthorne's uncle. Hawthorne visited this house and for a time lived next door at 31 Dearborn St. (now located at 26 Dearborn St.) in a house built for his mother by Robert Manning. Robert Manning, Sr., was a famous horticulturist who produced over 1,000 varieties of pears in his pomological garden. His son, Robert Manning, Jr., continued his father's work. The last Manning resident of the house was Rebecca Manning, daughter of Robert Manning, Sr., and cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Rebecca Manning died in August, 1933.


The Resources/Images section for this subtopic features photographs of the house and garden, and the Resources/Multimedia section features short videoclips of the interior and the garden today. In addition, the Resources/Original Documents section offers a few related documents. Many of the photographs, videoclips, and articles are courtesy of Loretta and Roger Rainville, current residents of 33 Dearborn St. and David Gavenda, National Park Service, Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Mr. Gavenda knew Mary Cate, a friend of Rebecca Manning. Mr. and Mrs. Rainville and Mr. Gavenda narrate the audio and videoclips.

Original Documents Related to the Robert Manning House at 33 Dearborn St., Salem, MA

Obituary for Rebecca Manning, cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne and last surviving child of Robert Manning
Obituary for Rebecca Manning, cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne and last surviving child of Robert Manning
Obituary in the Salem Evening News in August, 1933 for Rebecca Manning, daughter of Hawthorne's uncle, Robert Manning, who was the last Manning to reside at 33 Dearborn Street. NOTE: The article incorrectly gives the date that Robert Manning and his wife moved to 33 Dearborn St. as 1825; the correct date is 1824. Also, the article states that Robert Manning and his wife had four children when, in fact, they had three. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Cover of <I>Old Salem Gardens</I> which contains a description of the famous pomological garden of Robert Manning.
Cover of Old Salem Gardens which contains a description of the famous pomological garden of Robert Manning.
 (special thanks to Loretta and Roger Rainville)

Images Related to the Robert Manning House a 33 Dearborn St., Salem, MA

The House at 33 Dearborn St. Gardens at 33 Dearborn St. Objects from the Manning House

 

The House at 33 Dearborn St.

The Robert Manning House at 33 Dearborn St. in Salem
The Robert Manning House at 33 Dearborn St. in Salem
 
33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle
33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle
The fence and attached barn are no longer on the property. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem
Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem
The house still stands today but without the fence. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

Gardens at 33 Dearborn St.

Fern Garden of Robert Manning house on Deaborn St. in Salem
Fern Garden of Robert Manning house on Deaborn St. in Salem
Hawthorne lived for four years (1828-1832)with his mother and sisters next door to the Manning House on Dearborn St. The Hawthorne cottage has since been moved across and down the street. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Gardens of Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem
Gardens of Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem
 (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Garden of Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem, MA
Garden of Robert Manning House on Dearborn St. in Salem, MA
 (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

Objects from the Manning House

Manning China
Manning China
China plate from the Mannings, handed down through Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle; now owned by Loretta and Roger Rainville of Salem, residents of the house owned by Robert Manning on Dearborn St. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

Critical Commentary Related to the Robert Manning House at 31 Dearborn St. in Salem

33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne
33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 

Multimedia Related to the Robert Manning House in Salem, MA

33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne
33 Dearborn St., Salem; home of Robert Manning, Hawthorne's uncle (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
 
All video and audioclips are courtesy of Loretta and Roger Rainville, current residents of 33 Dearborn St., Salem, MA and of David Gavenda, National Park Service, Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Mr. Gavenda knew Mary Cate, a friend of Rebecca Manning. Mr. and Mrs. Rainville and Mr. Gavenda narrate the audio and videoclips.