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The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

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The House of the Seven Gables embodies Salem's rich history. The house was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner, one of the wealthiest men in the Massachusetts Colony. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the building in an 1851 gothic novel that carries the house’s name. Today, the mansion is a nonprofit museum that celebrates American history and Hawthorne's work. The museum offers guided tours through immaculate gardens and rooms equipped with historically accurate antiques. There are regular educational events, workshops, and period performances. Check the online schedule to see what’s on during your visit and to make reservations. To visit The House of the Seven Gables and get the most from your holiday in Salem, create itinerary details personal to you using our Salem vacation generator.
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There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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  • As a Hawthorne buff, this is a place I've always wanted to see. The house is surprisingly small, but cool. I loved the chance to go up the secret staircase. The docent knew her stuff, but I had the se...  more »
  • The property is so beautiful, the garden spectacular, and the seaside views are stunning. We enjoyed the tour, which was a great blend of the history of the house, the family, and the time periods in ...  more »
  • This the house that inspired Hawthorne to write the book. Unlike many colonial homes, you are allowed to walk the flora, climb the narrow stairs and find the secret doors. Our docent was excellent. It...  more »
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  • WEDDING REVIEW: We had a small ceremony of 17 guests and this was the PERFECT spot for it. Located in Historic Salem so close to the ocean if you wanted closer you need a boat! With indoor/outdoor options, it made it easy for a day of decision (we were small!) and on the day of, it was gorgeous. One of the best parts of having this wedding there was the staff. Deb Costa was the reason my wedding went off flawlessly. She went above and beyond and we could not have done it without her. I would 100% recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married on the North Shore of Boston... I can't speak for big weddings, but they nailed my small wedding.
  • We recently attended a lovely wedding here. Sadly the weather didn't fully cooperate so the ceremony was moved into the Witch house, which was very tiny & dark. There were only a few seats so most everyone had to stand. Other than that, the grounds & views were lovely. The staff was helpful & things went off without a hitch. Parking was shared with the visiting tours which was also a bit trying.
  • As a local, I admit, I take advantage of this place. I can get in and just hang out in the beautifully manicured gardens anytime. But as a tourist destination this is one of the best thought out locations in the city. A gorgeous tribute to colonial life, maritime history, and the story of Hawthorne in Salem, this place marries that all with a dedication to our immigrant community that more than warrants your visit as a tourist--it demands it.
  • This was a wonderful estate to visit. There was a wedding going on during our visit and the gal in charge kept following us around to be sure we were quiet. We had five young kids with us, but they were well behaved. Her constant watch was not necessary.
  • Terry was our tour guide and she was awesome! Definitely worth the money for the guided tour. Its a must see when visiting Salem!