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The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
978 744 0991
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Ranked #4 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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Browns Mills, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What an interesting museum! The secret staircase is a bonus to the whole tour! The gardens around the House are amazing too.! Not to mention the gift shop!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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193 reviews 193 reviews
171 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had to visit this site while in Salem and enjoyed it very much. The house and grounds take you back to another time in our history!

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Lindenhurst, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The House of the Seven Gables is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Salem area. Although it is similar to other historic homes that you may have visited, it is interesting to learn how it helped form the classic book. The house has a creepy aura about it, especially when travelling through the secret staircase (clearly the... More

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DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you like history or are a fan of the Nathaniel Hawthorne book "The House of Seven Gables" be sure to check out this tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the house, the book and Nathaniel Hawthorne, giving each room an interesting history. The hidden staircase, added 'just because' was a great secret to see... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great background story of Nathaniel Hawthorne and what the houses were like in that time. Very interesting. Beautifully kept gardens & homes.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the complete history of this house and its previous owners. The property is beautiful with lovely gardens. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the house itself had some interesting nooks and crannies. I have not read the book, but have now been inspired to add it to my reading list. Earlier in the day we watched the... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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