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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 seven gables in Salem, Massachusetts
House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts

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