House of the Seven Gables


‘Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge clustered chimney in their midst.’ So wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne in his 1851 novel The House of Seven Gables. The house brings to life the gloomy Puritan atmosphere of early New England. Look for wonderful seaside gardens, many original furnishings and a mysterious secret staircase.

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Nearby Massachusetts attractions

1. Salem Maritime National Historic Site

0.15 MILES

This National Historic Site comprises the Custom House, the wharves and other buildings along Derby St that are remnants of the shipping industry that…

2. Salem Witch Museum

0.39 MILES

Housed in a creepy Romanesque church, this so-called museum starts with a presentation of life-size dioramas, with a voice-over recounting the narrative…

3. Yin Yu Tang

0.41 MILES

Contained within the Peabody Essex Museum, this 16-room Chinese house was shipped to the museum from China's southeastern Huizhou region.

4. Peabody Essex Museum

0.41 MILES

All of the art, artifacts and curiosities that Salem merchants brought back from the Far East were the foundation for this museum. Founded in 1799, it is…

5. Witch Trials Memorial

0.43 MILES

The most poignant site in Salem is the Witch Trials Memorial, a quiet park behind the Peabody Essex Museum, where simple stones are inscribed with the…

6. Punto Urban Art Museum

0.47 MILES

If you walk south on Lafayette from Derby St, you'll find yourself on the other side of the tracks (or river, in this case). Welcome to El Punto, or ‘The…

7. Witch History Museum

0.53 MILES

This 'museum' utilizes scary-looking mannequins to recount the history of the Salem witch trials. It has re-created scenes from 'Old Salem village,'…

8. TV Land Statue

0.62 MILES

After remembering the very real tragedy of the Salem witch trials, you can have your picture taken with Samantha Stephens, the spell-casting, nose…