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House of the Seven Gables
Salem's Premiere Historic Site
Many people have read author Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic book, The House of the Seven Gables. That house still exists today.
Some even swear it is haunted, drawing visitors from all over the world to experience the aura and mystery of the house for themselves.
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Not only is it a popular tourist attraction in Salem, Massachusetts but it is the oldest 17th century wooden mansion which still stands in New England, an architectural wonder.
In time, more vintage homes were moved to the property: the Retire-Beckett House (oldest building on site) which house a museum store, the Hooper-Hathaway House, the Nathaniel Hawthorne house and his birthplace and the Counting House (traditional sea captain's business quarters).
This was a stroke of fate, for the house deeply influenced Hawthorne and was the genesis for his classic book.
Then there are those reports of spooky sightings. Susan Ingersol's ghost has even been said to have been seen by some. It is now officially known as the Turner-Ingersoll mansion - but for many it will always be simply the House of the Seven Gables.
Perhaps one of the most unique Christmas experiences ever can be found by taking part in A Classic Christmas right at the House of the Seven Gables; yet another attraction to add to your "fun things to do in Massachusetts in winter" list.
Classic literary works, most centering around Christmas, provide a charming old-fashioned feeling when performed by actors in the rooms of the home.
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Who could resist seeing where the note author was born and lived? Built in 1750, it was moved to its current location in 1958. The home is also available to rent for family, corporate or wedding occasions.
They write or tell tales of hearing voices (even though no one else is visible in the room), seeing strange figures which appear and vanish suddenly and other mysterious events.
So is the house in Salem, Massachusetts really haunted?
Only a visit there may help find an answer to that question!
House of the Seven Gables Essentials
Address: 115 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 744-0991; Group Tours - extension 104
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Group Tours - email@example.com
Hours Open: January 1 to January 14 - CLOSED
Attractions: Tours of the House of Seven Gables (including museum with over 2,000 artifacts and objects and the Colonial Revival Gardens), the Retire-Beckett House (oldest building on site) and museum store, the Hooper-Hathaway House, the Nathaniel Hawthorne house and birthplace, the Counting House (traditional sea captain's business quarters) and Seaside Gardens.
Hotel Search: Find the lowest prices for Salem area hotels here!
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