Built in 1668, the House of the Seven Gables is steeped in history like
so much of its hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. It is the oldest
surviving 17th century wood mansion in New England and is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Over the years since its first
construction, it underwent various expansions and remodelings as it
changed hands; it is also known as Turner House and Turner-Ingersoll
Mansion for its original and subsequent owners. Surrounded by
beautiful period seaside gardens and bordered by an 18th century granite
seawall, this imposing home with its steep gabled roofs and huge chimneys
was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 book of the same
name. Visitors will recognize elements of his fictional work, such
as a penny store and secret staircase, included in the building's
restoration. Hawthorne's birthplace, built in 1750, has been moved
to the site and can also be toured.
House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts
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