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House of the Seven Gables

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IMG_1401The House of the Seven Gables overlooks Salem Harbor, making it completely accessible for boaters looking to explore the site made famous by the Nathaniel Hawthorne book of the same name. You can dock your boat at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, which is located within a five-minute walk of the historic site. Transient slips are available and reservations are required: call 978-740-9890 or fill out a transient slip reservation request on the marina’s website.

The house was originally built in 1668 by a Salem sea captain and merchant named John Turner, and was occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. When the captain died, it was left to Ingersoll’s daughter Susanna, a cousin of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was born in the home and lived there in his early years. The time he spent there is credited with inspiring the setting and title of his 1851 novel, The House of the Seven Gables. As a result, the home is better known as The House of the Seven Gables instead of its official name, the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion,

The home is open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily during the summer, and admission is $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and younger. Seniors 65 and older receive $1.00 off adult admission. You can explore the house, along with the other 17th- and 18th-century period homes and the gardens on the 2.5-acre property, on your own, or join one of the 35-minute tours that are offered.

Close to The House of the Seven Gables is the Salem Maritime National Historic Site where you can visit the Friendship of Salem, a reconstruction of a 171-foot, three-masted Salem East Indiaman built in 1797 at Derby Wharf. Across the street from the House is Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, which dates back to 1806. There are two places to eat (In a Pig’s Eye Restaurant and Witch’s Brew Café) and a place to get an ice cream cone (Captain Dusty’s) another block down from the historic site.

Depending on the weather and the strength of your legs, you can make the 10 to 15 minute walk into downtown Salem where you’ll find other attractions, such as the Salem Witch Museum, and a host of restaurants and shops. You can also call Salem Pedicab at 978-835-3728 to ask for one its bicycle taxis to take you into the city center.

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For more information: 978-744-0991 or www.7gables.org, www.byy.com/MAMarinas/Salem/FormsInformation/ReservationRequest.aspx, www.nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/hours.htm, peppercandy.net, www.inapigseye.com, www.witchsbrewcafe.com, www.captaindustys.com, and 978-835-3728 or salempedicab.com/SalemPedicab/Salem_Pedicab.html, and www.salemwitchmuseum.com.

By Robert Gates

 

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