THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES
Salem, MA - This is the famous "House of Seven Gables" made famous by the novel of the same name written by Nathanial Hawthorne. The original house was built in 1668, this is the oldest wooden 17th century mansion in New England. The house is also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. I took a tour of the house (no photos allowed in the house)and here are a few facts that I remember. The house originally had 3 gables and was added on to until it had seven gables. Then somewhere along the line, someone removed the added on sections until it had three gables. Then, someone put it back to its seven gable state; sorry, I don't remember who and the dates. Another fact we were told was the Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel,"House of Seven Gables" when the house only had three gables ( can't verify). I will look into this more when I feature Mr. Hawthornes house sometime in the near future.