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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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Colonial History

Knowledgable guides take you through this fine example of an early colonial home. The home has lovely period furnishings and the harbor side grounds are well maintained. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Salem, Massachusetts
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Salem, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Knowledgable guides take you through this fine example of an early colonial home. The home has lovely period furnishings and the harbor side grounds are well maintained. The guides frequently share personal stories to bring the past to life, and of course there is the link to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his book, "The House of Seven Gables" Worth the time.

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It was a great tour, our guide was funny, while keeping on topic and very happy and enthusiastic. Her stories about the link with Nathaniel Hawthorne and The House of the Seven Gables was really great.

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Melrose Park, United States
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94 reviews 94 reviews
52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great tour. The guide was very informative about the history of the times, the features of the house and the furnishings were beautiful. There is a hidden staircase that you can go up but it's a little narrow. If you have knee problems you might reconsider the climb. There are other outside buildings you can walk to and take your... More 

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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

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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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
34 helpful votes 34 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
7 helpful votes 7 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 via mobile

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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NYC
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24 helpful votes 24 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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