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The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978 744 0991
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England and one of the most famous in America. The House of the Seven... more »
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Grafton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I originally wasn't planning to go the House of Seven Gables, but was suggested to by others, and I'm glad I went. visitors book a tour through the house in the visitor's center just outside the house, then head through a courtyard to a waiting room in front of the house where a tour guide takes you through the house.... More

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Naugatuck
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Went on a tour of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Ma. Our tour guide was fantastic! He explained parts of the book (which is based on the house) in comparison to the house. For example in the book it talks about a 'secret room' and he showed us which room they believe it was referring to. If you... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This tour exceeded my expectations. When you enter, you have amazing grounds to tour. Both the gardens and the overlook to the water are really lovely. There are plenty of sitting areas for meditation. The house itself is fascinating - both the history itself of the house and furnishings but also the purchase by the foundation, the restoration and the... More

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had a very informative tour of the house and grounds which are beautifully maintained. Our tour guide was very animated and you could easily tell he is enjoying his job. The history and architecture was explained in detail. I am now enjoying the book I couldn't seem to get into until I visited the house. The gift shop is... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Now I want to read the book! We had an awesome woman give one of the best tours I have been on. The history of the house intertwined with the history of the book and the changed made to interpret the book in the house were quite interesting. The grounds are gorgeous and the view of the water was perfect.... More

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was not familiar with the story before I went there but learned so much while I was there. This site is also in a beautiful area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A must see while in Salem. Beautiful relaxing and a wonderful tour. Clean bathrooms gorgeous view and sitting area great parking

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Kenosh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We took the tour of this building and the self guided tour of the house Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in. The tour guide was informative and willing to answer any questions.

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Verona, Nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is the house of the fictional Hawthorne story, but as much an artifact of a literary masterpiece, it is a good example of a house in the history of Salem. The tour shows the various periods of the house's evolution, and the ways it changed (expanded and contracted) during it's history. A fascinating tour.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

One of the oldest surviving wooden mansions in New England, the tour gives life to the book by Hawthorne. The life story of the house and the Turner & Ingersoll families that lived here. It is an interesting/enlightening look at "luxury" in the early 1700s. While there also tour the Nathanial Hawthorne home which is on the same site. It... More

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