The House of the Seven Gables is a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts with ties to the famous 17th-century witch trials. Built in 1668 by John Turner, the house is known for its unique features, including seven gables, secret staircases, and a mysterious hidden room. The house was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name, which featured the house as the centerpiece of the story.
The home was originally known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. Which served as the home to many of Salem’s well-to-do families. People who have visited the house claim to see the ghost of Susanna Ingersoll, who lived in the home back in the late 1700’s. Susanna’s younger cousin was none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne. People have also witnessed seeing the spirit of a young boy, most often seen in the attic.
Today, visitors can tour the house and grounds, including the maritime gardens and 20th-century museum. The site also includes a shop, restaurant, and various events throughout the year, including live performances, lectures, and traditional New England festivals. The House of the Seven Gables is a must-visit destination for those interested in history, literature, and architecture.