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The House of Seven Gables – Salem, Massachusetts

Picture of the House of Seven Gable

The House of Seven Gable

The House of Seven Gables is also known as the Turner House or Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. It is a mansion in Salem, Massachusetts that was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner. The house remained with the Turner family, who added on and remodeled it on several occasions, for three generations. After John Turner III lost the Turner family fortune, the house was acquired by Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. The Ingersolls also remodeled the house.

It was while the Ingersoll’s owned the mansion that their relative Nathaniel Hawthorne became acquainted with the house as a boy. The house is purported to have inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel The House of Seven Gables from which the house derives its name.

In 1908, The House of Seven Gables was purchased by Caroline O. Emmerton who founded the House of Seven Gables Settlement Association. She remodeled the house and opened it as a museum in 1910.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace

Picture of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace

Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace

Also on the property and part of the museum is the Nathaniel Hawthorne birthplace, a house built in 1750 and moved to its current location in 1958. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in the house, which at the time was located on Union Street in Salem, in 1804 and lived there until he was 4.

In addition, there are four other structures on the property, including:

  1. The Retire Becket House (1655)
  2. The Hooper Hathaway House (1682)
  3. The Phippen House (c1782
  4. The Counting House (c 1830)

The campus also has a seaside garden.

The house and other buildings that make up the museum were designated a National Historic District in 2007.

Hours of Operation

The House of Seven Gables is open:

  • Mid-January through June: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • July through October: 10 AM to 7 PM
  • November and December: 10 AM to 5 PM

The house is closed the first two weeks of January and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years day.

Address / Contact Information

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The House of Seven Gables
115 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-744-0991

Picture credits: The picture of The House of Seven Gables is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The picture of the Nathaniel Hawthorne birthplace is also from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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