White-Ellery House opens for tours

White-Ellery House opens for tours during 17th Century Saturdays:
July 11, August 1, September 5 and October 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce that the White-Ellery House, a First Period structure built in 1709 on Gloucester’s historic Town Green (now the Grant Circle rotary) and moved to its present location at 244 Washington Street, will be open for guided tours as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North program. These programs are free and open to the public.

New this year is a series of one-day contemporary art installations presented at the White-Ellery House in conjunction with each of the opening days. The artist Joy Halsted will be featured on July 11.

Joy Halsted presents The Quick and the Dead on July 11, incorporating acrylic portraits and wood and metal sculptures. Halsted’s work is in the collections of the Cape Ann Museum, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota Duluth, among other private and corporate collections. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast.

The White-Ellery House is one of a handful of surviving First Period buildings in Massachusetts. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites because