Historic House sights in Salem
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The House of the Seven Gables was made famous in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel of the same name. The novel brings to life the gloomy Puritan atmosphere of early New England and its effect on the psyches of the residents; the house does the same. Look for wonderful seaside gardens, many original furnishings and a mysterious secret staircase.
The most authentic of more than a score of witchy sites is Witch House – once the home of Jonathan Corwin, a local magistrate who was called on to investigate witchcraft claims. He examined several accused witches, possibly in the 1st-floor rooms of this house. Open longer hours in October.