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. Plan to visit The House of the Seven Gables during your Salem vacation using our convenient Salem road trip site .
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  • Although the witches history seems to be the main drawer in this town a trip to Salem would not be complete without a visit to the House of the Seven Gables very historic amazingly preserved old home....  more »
  • This is a fascinating tour of the home, grounds and history of the house that became known as the House of the 7 Gables. The Peepers candy store across the street is also well worth crossing the stree...  more »
  • The tour offered in mid October was not what we expected but we were pleasantly surprised. we walked through various rooms where actors awaited to preform a sketch that explained a time period of a pa...  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!

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Where to stay in Salem

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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