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The House of the Seven Gables
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Professional guides welcome guests year round for a remarkable journey that explores Salem's maritime history, architecture, the famous hidden staircase, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Adding to the site's charm are spectacular three-season colonial revival gardens, and our unique museum store. Please visit our website for current hours and information.
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Tiny little rooms, spaces, doorways and stairs. guess it took a lot less energy to heat back in the day. Actually went there for their performances and really enjoyed how they did it. Recommend to others for sure!

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

This was my first trip to Salem and friends told me to visit The House of Seven Gables. We did the 2 evening shows and they were very well put together and entertaining! If you are visiting Salem make the trip to The House of Seven Gables!

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I now want to read the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne since I have been in this house. It was a small space and they put too many people on the tour. The tour guide was somewhat upset about this as well.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

After reading other reviews on this website, I should highlight that the new tour guide at the house is brilliant. He was able to answer all my questions about the house and they were extensive because I am a teacher Australia with a passion for American History and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The day I went to the house, we were led across all aspects of the house on depth. I left having experienced the secret staircase and the purpose of its installation, after it had been published as a figment of Hawthorne's imagination in the novel. It was explained how and why the Seven Gables had been constructed and deconstructed over a couple of centuries and which furniture and furnishings were original or reconstructed to look that way. I took a lot of photos and will endeavour to share them if I can work out how to get them to my desktop from my iPad as there does not seem robe a facility on this site that will enable me to post straight from iPad.

I also enjoyed the visit to the house in which Hawthorne had been born with the surname 'Hathorn' because he was the grandson of the Hanging Judge of Salem Witch Trial fame. Nathaniel was so appalled by his grandfather's antics that he changed the spelling of his name so as to disassociate. This is made clear on the family tree which adorns one of the walls in this amazing, pioneering house that was only just saved by Nathaniel's fans in the town. The house was originally on another plot which was marked for redevelopment, but it was agreed instead that the house could be moved over next to Seven Gables, where it has been ever since to be enjoyed by tourists worldwide. This is a must see in Salem and as important to the town's heritage as the Witch Museum or even the fabulous little statue of Elizabeth Montgomery in the town square where you can have your photo taken)Samantha from 'Bewitched' who is no longer alive but who contributed much to the legend of Salem through the TV series which was brilliantly composed during the McCarthyist era and which lives on TV around the world still today.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

It would have been nice to see more of the house. Be aware that there is a secret stairway they have you go up that is very small and circular. If you are claustrophobic or have physical issues, there is another stairway you can use. They didn't offer it, even to an older woman with a cane, so apparently you have to ask.

Thank CLEMichigan
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