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house of seven gables photoTour the mansion made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. Includes author's birthplace, seaside gardens, Museum Store and Garden Cafe.

When you arrive at The Gables - which constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic places - costumed interpreters will warmly greet you for an unforgettable historical experience.

Outside, spectacular seaside gardens await you. Inside of The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, you will discover a mysterious secret staircase where you least expect it!

Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name.

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About Nathanial Hawthorne:
On July 4, 1804, one of America's most prominent writers - Nathaniel Hawthorne - was born in a modest house on Union Street in Salem. This house, which was eventually moved a few blocks down the street to The House of the Seven Gables, has been restored as it might have appeared in 1808. At the Nathaniel Hawthorne House, you will learn what life was like for him, and his Salem neighbors in the early 19th century.

Although he spent only a few years in this house, the events that took place here would affect him for the rest of his life. One of the most dramatic days involved his father, a sea captain, who sailed on many ships out of Surinam. When Nathaniel was four years old, his father left for a voyage to South America, never to return.

In 1808, Hawthorne's father died in Surinam of yellow fever. Soon after, Nathaniel Hawthorne's mother sold the house, and moved her children to her parent's home. The furnishings presented in the house underscore the beginnings of this - now famous - writer. They illustrate the life of a Salem family of modest means, and the maritime roots of his forebears.

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The House of the Seven Gables is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and closes at 2 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


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Adults - $12.50; Seniors (65 years +) $11.50; Children (5 - 12 years) $7.50; Under 5 and Members Free

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www.7gables.org

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115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970 map
Phone: 978-744-0991

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