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The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978 744 0991
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Ranked #3 of 42 attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The tour guide was absolutely amazing! We spent a few hours here and we loved it! The gift shop is a must! There is a garden that surrounds the house that is gorgeous. If you have time you should definitely see it.

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Today I toured The House of The Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts with my family. Although I have lived in Massachusetts for many years, I had not toured this house. I am glad I did! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house and the sea captains who once owned it. Their wealth allowed them to... More

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Mission Viejo, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this attraction in Salem. After seeing everything else in town, we drove over to this place and were surprised. The best thing to do in Salem! The people here were the nicest people and truly made us feel welcome. Our tour director was great and easy to understand. You walk through the home and... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This house, which was said to have inspired Hawthorne's novel, is fascinating. It has been lovingly restored to reflect the history of the area and the former residents. The very knowledgeable tour guides attempt to separate legend from fact about Hawthorne and the house, which is the setting for the classic novel.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The grounds, the houses, the staff all great. Had the best setting, the gentleman in Nathaniel's birth home were very informative and nice. The actual House of the Seven Gables would be enough to draw anyone to this tour. The secret staircase alone sold me and my husband. However, our tour guide all though very informed on the house seemed... More

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Wilmington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife wanted to go to this place and I went, not expecting much. I have to say this was my favorite attraction on our entire 10 day vacation to the New England states. The house is fascinating, the gardens beautiful, and the stories told are excellent. This house is well worth a visit for people of all ages.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

While I'm sure people will enjoy the tour never having read Hawthorne, I absolutely loved seeing the elements of his novel, The House of the Seven Gables, in person. It's incredible to see parts of the house dating back to the 17th Century. The tour has a few surprises that even the kids will enjoy. You can also see Hawthorne's... More

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went on this tour with my husband. Got there at 6pm on a Sunday, hoping they were still offering tours. They were open until 7. Our guide, Diana, was great. Fun tour, only complaint is that it was a little pricey ($12.50) for such a short tour.

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Mastic Beach, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We lucked out by walking into the visitor's center 5 minutes before the next tour started. We got a AAA discount on the tickets, so be sure to ask about that if you have AAA. The tour was very interesting and I wish I would've been allowed to take photos inside. You go through some narrow hallways, so claustrophobics be... More

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West Milford, New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I really wanted to do this tour, but didn't add it to our "to do" list because I thought the kids would be bored. It rained, we went. This was one of the kids (7 & 11 girls) favorite tours!! I absolutely LOVED this tour and recommend it more than any other tour in Salem!

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