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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 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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Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

An interesting house but somewhat touristy. The tour had some fascinating facts, but unless you're a history aficionado, a follower of Hawthorne, or very interested in the history of house building in this country, I don't think it's worth much more than a site to visit.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We took the trolley to the house of seven gables. Our tour guide showed us the entire house and was very informed in the history of the house. It was one of the highlights of Salem for me.

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Kenmore, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

There are multiple houses there. The house itself is on the left from the visitors center. Behind the museum shop on your right is the birth place of Nathaniel Hawthorne. During the day there's a tour of the house, but at bight there are 2 plays. I saw the Legacy of the Hanging Judge and it was so amazing. It... More

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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The tour was awesome! Favorite part was the hidden staircase, couldn't believe they actually let us use it. The history of this house was so interesting. One of my favorite stops in Salem.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

How often can you say that you have walked through a chimney? We can after touring this house. The house was very neat, but this is not the place for you if you have claustrophobia (we even saw a women running out having a panic attack). The ceilings are low and the tour groups are large.

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

View from the area was beautiful. Please read nathanial hawthorns books again before you go. Take your camera for the bayside pictures

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10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited here today (10/20/14), and while Hawthorne fans, we were only slightly impressed with the house and grounds. While the fees for touring the house and grounds or only the grounds are reasonable, it seems that more could be done in the way of upkeep and repairs on this historic treasure. I noticed that several boards... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The house was a great location to visit. Historical and magnificent site to see. Definitely makes you want to read or re-read the novel after visiting. My favorite portion of the tour was the secret passage into the second level. Great selection of Nathaniel Hawthorns Work.

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Long Beach, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you like old houses, then you should check this one out. Located on the shoreline, it's really in a beautiful area. The house itself is staged for a few different time periods, which your guide will explain to you. There's also a really pretty garden you can walk through. I really enjoyed my visit there.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you love history, great American writers, or idyllic settings…come here! What a beautiful property in the heart of an equally beautiful and historically significant city. If I ever get married, I would consider this place out of pure aesthetic value! Something here for everyone…very cool place.

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