This is another little-known jewel in Salem, right across the street from the Curwen House of the Salem Inn. The Ropes Mansion, a stark white beauty, was built in 1727 in the Georgian style. The Georgian Style, named for the four King Georges of England, was based on classical Roman architecture that was sparked by the discoveries of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Nero's Dome. The house was renovated in 1894 in the Colonial Revival style, a nationalistic response to the centennial of the Revolution. The house was also moved back from the street. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is owned and maintained by the Peabody Essex Museum. The house is closed to the public but the gardens are open year-round.
There are benches throughout the garden, and a giant beech tree to sit under. It is the ideal place to sit and contemplate, read, or walk with a loved one. Kids are welcome here and they love the stocked koi pond. The garden is open year-round and is free.