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Phillips House

34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-0440
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips... more » Owner description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced. « less
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Salem, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This house is awesome. It is on Chestnut Street which is arguable the toniest street in Salem. There are many Samuel McIntyre houses on this street. The Phillips house shows life of a wealthy Salem family in the early 20th century, though the house itself dates back to the Federal period in the early 19th century. If you are an... More

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PA
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18 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is the only house on Chestnut Street open to the public. A lovely example of Federal Architecture and some interesting history that goes with it. You cannot beat the entry price, it was the lowest we paid for any attraction in Salem. The Phillips family left most of the house intact as they left it and you will find... More

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Dumont, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a beautiful example of early 19th and 20th century Federal Architecture, with over a century of renovations to the current colonial revival house / museum of today. http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/phillips-house/history-of-the-phillips-house

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dublin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

we were lucky to go early and no one else was there,a delightful house full of charm and history, our tour guide kelly was very nice and spoke clearly, answered all our questions, its a concise tour with full access to the rooms so you can see everything up close just without touching the articles, its well preserved and cared... More

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Andalusia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Awesome house with lots of antiques and history. The outside of the house was decorated nicely and the street with the leaves in fall color was amazing!

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Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is definitely a tour you want to take if you enjoy the history of old houses. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour we spent learning about the history of the house and its craftsmen.

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Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A decent tour of a fairly interesting house on a street full of beautiful antique homes. It's a bit of a walk from the historic city center, but you should walk it if the weather is good just to see the stately manors.

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London
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We decided to ditch the overcrowded, overpriced tour of 7 Gables in favour of a guided tour round Phillips House and were not disappointed! We were lucky to be the only 2 people in our tour group, and were taken round the house by an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who obviously had affection for the house and the family that... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I recently visited the Phillips House. It is one of the best maintained historic homes that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer any question my group had regarding the history of the home and the family that lived there. The model A Ford on display in the... More

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The combination of great social history by the docent and the incredible collection of in-place artifacts provided amazing insights into the Phillips family and the lives of the people of Salem. The docent was superb - conveyed a treasure of information but knew a lot more than we had time to spend. Another thing that sets this house apart is... More

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