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Phillips House

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Address: 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 978-744-0440
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the...
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.
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Fantastic House Tour - One of The Best In Salem!

All of Historic New England's properties are wonderful, but the Phillips House is one of their jewels (as is the Sleeper/McCann House in Gloucester). One of the best house tours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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English first
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

All of Historic New England's properties are wonderful, but the Phillips House is one of their jewels (as is the Sleeper/McCann House in Gloucester). One of the best house tours in Salem as you get to actually step into the rooms and are not left behind a velvet rope like on other house tours. The preservation of the Phillips House... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful old home that is still furnished the way the last family had it. The rooms weren't roped off so you were able to explore a lot of the house (with your tour guide, of course who was amazing and very knowledgeable). The whole of Chestnut Street is beautiful and worth a look.

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went on a tour today. Madison (the guide) did an amazing job of bringing the house and family to life. And, the fact that everything is original---wow!! One of the best house tours I've ever been on.

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Enjoyed this tour very much. The tour guide was so knowledgable and friendly. He was able to answer all the questions that the people had. It truely is a beautiful home and glad it is open to the public to learn of its history.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We had such a wonderful time exploring the Phillips House and learning about its curious history. Justin and Donna were very welcoming and Donna's tour was incredibly informative. Even my 9 yr old son was interested in the antiques! We highly recommend this as a step back in time to the early 1900s.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If not as grand as a Newport Mansion, the Phillips House still qualifies as one of the surviving "great homes" of New England. Plus, many of the furnishings and items collected by the family over the years are really quite extraordinary. Tours are conducted on the half hour. Our docent was excellent.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised that we could do a tour of a historical house on Chestnut St, an iconic and historical street in Salem. The house is magnificent and the tour guide was knowledgable about the history of the house and the region. I was very curious what these houses looked like inside, so it was great to stumble on... More 

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atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A terrific look at life in Salem in the early 1800's. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The architecture was lovely, the furnishings fabulous, and the stories entertaining. This beautiful house is located just off one of the busier streets in a quiet neighborhood of historic homes. Be sure to add this to your must-see list.

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Phillips House is part of Historic New England and the guided tour is outstanding. Our docent took the time to explain each room in detail plus added personable information about the Phillips family and the actual construction of the house. One of the great parts of this tour is you get to see and hear what it was like... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was a wonderful experience that we just happened to stumble upon. The outside of the house looks like it needs some restoration work but everything inside looks as if the Phillips family just stepped out for a couple of minutes. The tour guides are really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really make the story of the house come to life... More 

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