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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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour and history of the house and its owners. Nice grounds to walk around. I would suggest a visit here if in Salem. Great tour guide Mary! Friendly and informative!

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Cool history, nice tour, and your money goes to good causes. I would do this again. Though i somehow got bit by a spider or something during the tour, my hand swelled and started to turn red going up to the second floor

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Memphis, Tennessee
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Nice guided tour for a reasonable admission fee. I get so tired of paying a high fee and then you get some headphones. They take small groups in and the guides are really into the history of the place and answer questions. Beautiful home and grounds with other buildings to explore that are part of the admission fee. Salem is... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Guided tours aren't really my thing but we enjoyed this tour and the guide was great. There are plenty of older dowagers wandering around but it fits this place and they were all very kind and knowledgeable. Not a great place for small children since the spaces are small but this tour/museum is a must for anyone in the area.

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Southampton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

It wasn't the typical touristy tour. The grounds and buildings were in fantastic shape and well kept. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The grounds are beautiful and to imagine how they once lived. The tour guide was very informative and helped to bridge the gap between the actual house and the book. Wasn't overly packed like the rest of Salem in October. I would stop here before any of the other "attractions". Everything else is Salem was a disappointment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

If you like History, the tour was about a 45min tour about the house, which in turn had a lot of history about the town. Very detailed, very well cared for and lovely ground to walk around on a good day. However, I would say this would be a difficult tour for wheelchair users or those of ill health, as... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed this step back through time. While I have not read House of the 7 Gables or really know who Nathaniel Hawthorne is, I am glad I toured this attraction. The garden and surrounding areas are beautiful too and it is perfectly situated on the water. It was within walking distance of our Hotel [Salem Waterfront Hotel and... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Seeing the house and how it was added to over the years is very interesting plus it makes the books come alive. Worth the visit.

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