Salem sans witches – PART I, House of Seven Gables

Salem, MA, known for its witch-related history was our destination of an afternoon road trip. The city is probably most famously for its witch-related history.  There was the Witch Trial of 1692.  However, most of the witch-related museums, walks, etc. are not open during the winter months.  We’ll have to come back again.

If you don’t feel like driving, there is a convenient Salem ferry that goes between Boston and Salem.  It takes about an hour and costs $10.50/one way.

The property sits right by the water, very close to the ferry stop, actually.


Our first visit brought us to a destination that has nothing to do with the witches – House of Seven Gables. You probably immediately think of the famous book with the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The house was originally built in 1668 and owned by the Turner family for 3 generations.  In 1782, the property was sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll.  Nathaniel was the cousin of Captain Ingersoll’s daughter, Susanna and was invited to play and hang out at the house most of his childhood.  Now you see, be nice to your cousins.  They might change your life.

Did you know what a gable is?  We didn’t.  A gable is the triangle formed by a sloping roof.

This is the lovely house… of the visitor center. :p

House of Seven Gable, entrance

With your entry ticket, you get a wonderful tour with a trained guides that knows the history of this property & area inside out.  And you get to check out some of the other buildings on the ground as well.  Unfortunately, no photos allowed inside. 😦

Now this is the actual “House of Seven Gables”.

house of seven gables, winter, ground

House of Seven Gables - courtyard

The ground actually includes several properties.  Some were brought to where House of Seven Gables is between early to mid 1900s for preservation.

As an added bonus, the house where Nathaniel Hawthorn was born (originally located a few blocks away), was also moved onto the same property in 1958. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne house

The Hooper-Hathaway house, built in 1682

Hooper-Hathaway house

The Counting House – where inventory brought by ships were counted.

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