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The House of the Seven Gables

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Address: 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978 744 0991
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Description: This 17th-century wooden mansion was the inspiration for the classic...
This 17th-century wooden mansion was the inspiration for the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne novel.
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Lovely house and gardens

The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his novel of the same name in 1851. And touring this historic house certainly inspired me. Built in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his novel of the same name in 1851. And touring this historic house certainly inspired me. Built in 1668 the guided tour begins in the house. The friendly and knowledgable Guides escort visitors through most of the interesting rooms. Afterwards visitors can tour the beautiful outside gardens that... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We has a great time visiting The House of the Seven Gables. There was a very interesting tour of the house and grounds. I would also recommend that you check out the country's oldest candy shop across the street. Also, if you are into geocaching you'll find one outside the house (where no admission is required).

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Pittsburg, Kansas, United States
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our tour of this historic house. The guide was wise and helpful. Be prepared for small passageways and stairs.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Enjoyed the information that they gave in each and every room. Amazed at how "short" people were back in the day... ceilings are low....Had been here as a child on a school field trip, but didn't remember much. so it was great to have the chance to do it again. A family affair for children, but not under 7 I... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This has two buildings, Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace and his aunt's house which inspired "the house of the seven gables". Both are very neat too look at with old artifacts and the guide I had was very knowledgeable. There is something very cool that they show you but if you haven't read the book I don't want to spoil it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I LOVED learned about the history behind this house. Even bought the book in the store after to read about it! My ONLY downfall was I LOVE taking pictures and I wasn't allowed to here :/ not even with flash off. I wish I would have, it was very beautiful and would have loved to share pictures with my students... More 

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is the top attraction in Salem. The house is gorgeous both interior and exterior and the collections are wonderful.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, Usa
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visit Salem multiple times a year but Halloween season is where it's at. They put on a "walking" ghost story. They take you back in time to the origins of the house with fantastic actors portraying different historical characters in different areas of the house. I literally look forward to it all year. The event is called Spirit of... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It is right across the street from the Morning Glory B& B and on the trolley stop. Very interesting history.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I just had to see this beautiful house and it was great to see something that had withstood the test of time. Unfortunately, I had not read the book though I did buy it in the gift shop. It's hard to imagine coming to a new world and living in such a cold environment, the stairs gave me the hebbie... More 

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