A Walk Through Literature: House of the Seven Gables

On an outing in Salem, Massachusetts, I decided to do some exploring on my own and check out the house that local author Nathaniel Hawthorne made famous back in the 1800s.
The house has been around since the 1600s, but has had many facelifts: adding gables, losing gables, and putting back the gables.
One neat aspect to the house (besides the awesome historic decor) is the secret passage that leads from the dining room into the attic. Note: that this passage is not for the claustophobic or the big and tall, as this is a small winding staircase with little headspace. This was added in the early 1900s (by the woman who saved the house from being torn down) just to make the house even more cool.
Although it costs money to enter the house ($12/adult), it includes a guided tour, as well as entrance into Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace (fun fact: bought by the museum for $1) and access to the beautiful garden and, of course, a cute little gift house.
So, if you’re ever visiting the Witch City and want to see non-witch related historical sites, this is the place for you.

2 Responses

  1. There is another great walk through Salem Massachusetts. As you follow along with the narrative, you are welcomed to follow the story line painted on the street. The story line will take you through the illustrations of “A Walk Through Salem” one by one. See the real places that have been drawn in the book and see if you can see the magic happen.

  2. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The House of the Seven Gables, has a way of magically tying into its surroundings of Salem, Massachusetts. Just as hundreds of accused “witches” were killed in this infamous city, so was Hawthorne’s character Matthew Maule. Salem is a haunting city with a grand background in magic. Anyone interested in visiting Salem should definitely read this Romance. You can enjoy observing the thrilling tale, whiles getting a glimpse of Salem’s historic background.

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