The House of the Seven Gables is a 17th-century Salem mansion which inspired even the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne in ... More
House of the Seven Gables (The)
The House of the Seven Gables is a 17th-century Salem mansion which inspired even the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne in her work of the same name. Also named the Turner-Ingersoll mansion, "seven gables" refers to its seven triangular points above the roofline. Built in 1688, this house contains a hidden staircase and is located on Salem Harbor. The house where Hawthorne was born has been moved to this property and can also be seen.
I didn't like that they started the tours five mins. apart. You could hardly hear what was being said in the room you were in because of the tour guide or actor in the next room yelling and screaming. This was in the Spirit of the Gables tour, I didn't do the regular tour of the grounds and house.
Re-read the book before visiting Salem. Usually a book is only pages full of words, but visiting the House of Seven Gables brought the characters to life in a very real sense. It was an interesting tour of a great old house filled with history that transports you back to the actual time and place.
The one thing I liked about this tour was that you had to take a guided tour. This allowed me to really be able to see all there was to this house. Without the history to go with it you wouldn't be able to know that some aspects were added after the book was written to follow along with that story. The only disappointment I had was that I was not able to take any pictures inside the house. I wanted to be able to share my experience with my mother who was not able to join me but really wanted to see this house. They might consider taking smaller tour groups as the house is small but they crammed us all in small small rooms and up the narrow stairs.
Toured this house several years ago, 1999, and really enjoyed it. Yes it gets crowded I suppose but maybe you should call or E-mail ahead of time to find the least crowded time to go see it. My wife and I enjoy history and plan to return some time, hopefully in the next year or two and stay longer in Salem. We've got the next year booked up for trips already.
The tour was interesting and the tour guide knew the tour inside and out. There is a neat secret compartment you get to venture to inside the house. However, the tour is a little overpriced considering the short length of the tour.
I would say this would be something to do if you have extra time in Salem.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR..WE DO IT OFTEN...WE JUST DID THE "SPIRITS"TOUR FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS PAST HALLOWEEN...AND IT WAS EXCELLENT...IF YOU GO FOR HAUNTED HAPPENINGS MAKE SURE TO FIT THIS INTO YOUR ITINERARY!!
THE ACTORS WERE OUTSTANDING!!!!
compared to the museums in town a drive by or walk around is good enough for this attraction. It is more expensive than the other attractions/museums and not nearly as entertaining. Definately go by and take a gander just for it's significance in American lt but no need to take the tour. salem has a lot of fun things to offer.
This site was the first National Historic Site recognized by the National Park Service, and is comprised of nine acres
of land that encompass twelve historic buildings and structures along the Salem waterfront; there is also a visitor
This park offers beautiful tree shaded grounds that afford ocean views, piers, bandstands, beaches, picnic areas, rides for children, a
plethora of activities and great places to eat, and much more for a wonderful and relaxing outing.
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