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Ranked #1 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

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 Gables inspired author... more »

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Ranked #2 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks

The Charter Street Burial Ground, historically known as Olde Burying Point is the second oldest *recorded* burial ground in the United States. Notables like Samual McIntire, Giles... more »

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Ranked #3 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private... 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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Ranked #4 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history... more » Owner description: Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage. « less
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Ranked #5 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The... more » Owner description: This U.S. Custom House is a historic building within Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the National Park in Salem. The building is open by tour only. « less
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Ranked #6 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Marinas
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Ranked #7 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Museums

 The Witch House / The Corwin House   The "Witch House," as it is called (it is also more accurately known as "The Corwin House"), is Salem's only building with direct ties to the... more »

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Ranked #9 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: A membership library in the historic McIntyre District of Salem, MA, the Athenaeum is full of history and a keeper of fine... more » Owner description: A membership library in the historic McIntyre District of Salem, MA, the Athenaeum is full of history and a keeper of fine and historic literature. « less
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Ranked #10 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Salem shipwright Eleazer Gedney built the earliest portion of the Gedney House in 1665. Originally, the house was an... more » Owner description: Salem shipwright Eleazer Gedney built the earliest portion of the Gedney House in 1665. Originally, the house was an asymmetrical composition consisting of two rooms on the first floor, a single chamber above, and an attic with a front-facing gable. Significant renovations to the structure in 1712 and 1800 resulted in dramatic changes to the house's appearance.Gedney House was a single-family home until the Gedney family sold it in 1773 to Benjamin Cox, who used it for the next twenty-five years as an investment property. Around 1800, Cox added two townhouse-style ells to the west elevation of the house, converting it into a multi-family dwelling. During the years that followed, it served as a boarding house and tenement in what was then Salem’s Italian-American neighborhood. In 1967, Historic New England acquired the house as it was being prepared for demolition.The house is significant not only for its framing, but also for its evidence of early decorative finishes in the hall chamber and parlor. Three successive color schemes, the earliest of which is believed to date to the house's construction, were discovered in the hall chamber. This evidence was preserved by the addition of plaster ceilings, beam casings, and paneled walls by the mid-eighteenth century. « less
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Ranked #11 of 12 Sights & Landmarks in Salem
Category: Historic Sites; Tours
Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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