The House of the Seven Gables

This is the house that was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's book of the same name.

I found out as I was photographing the house that my children did not know what a gable is. So, for my children and anyone else out there that is not sure about this....

...a gable is the peak where the roof lines meet. ie: /\...gable

This house is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England.

It was owned by Susanna Ingersoll, Hawthorne's cousin. It is also known as The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. It has an 18th century seawall and is surrounded by beautiful seaside gardens.

This home is right up the street from the House of the Seven Gables.

This one is just across the street from it. You can see that black wooden houses are prominent in this area.

This is America's oldest candy shop and home of the original Gibraltar candies.

This home is ready for Halloween. The severed hand is dripping blood.

This house, like many in Salem, sits back far from the street. They decorated all along the path.

Many of Salem's homes have markers telling about their history.

This is the Home For Aged Women.

I love the way someone built this fence to accommodate the roots of this tree.

This place has been in Salem for all the years I have been visiting there. And, FYI, when you quit laughing....a bunghole is the hole that is drilled into the side of a barrel to place a tap in it.

Another pic of the school from the movie, Hocus Pocus.

This is a house I rented when I stayed in Salem a couple years ago. One of the problems I have found renting in Salem is how steep the stairs are. Many of the homes have curving stairways as well. It can be very difficult to carry luggage up these steps. They are also very difficult for puppies.


That severed hand is just TOO MUCH!!! Love it.
Pricilla said…
erm, knew what a bunghole was.
Posted your giveaway on Broken Teepee today.

typo in your header....

Love, love, love all the photos.
Anet said…
LOL!!! I never knew the true meaning of bunghole!

I want a black wooden house! They are so awesome!!! So is the one you rented.
Now I learned a new word! Had no idea what a gable was, thought it might be a name on a person :-) :-)

It´s a beautiful town I think! I really liked that severed hand :-) :-)
Have a great day now!
Anonymous said…
LOL!!! I took a picture of the "Bunghole" last year when I was there. I will admit that I did NOT know what it actually was, but it sure was funny ;o)
The Traveler said…
It must have been awesome to stay in a beautiful old hose like that, stairs aside.
I giggled a bit a the Bunghole. Knew what it meant but giggled anyway, because deep down I'm really 12...
Laurie said…
I visited The House of Seven Gables years ago. I can't say I ever read the book.
This town really seems to go all out for Halloween!
Anonymous said…
I can't get over the Bunghole one, I'm still dying over here. ROFL
Judith said…
LOL yeah the stairs can be bad. when ever an apartment said "walk up" you know your in trouble!
Autumnforest said…
Just as long as you don't go dyslexic and type "dunghole," I think we can all keep our chuckles to a minimum. I haven't been to Salem in 30 years, but it looks just the same. I love that about the place!
ahhh thank you for posting wonderful photos of Salem, brings back fond memories of my visit there a few years ago... mental note to self, plan a re-trip next fall....
stacy said…
Very cool photographs!! I saw a special on Travel Channel I think it was about the House of the Seven Gables. It looks so spooky and cool! I would love to visit the East coast someday!
Suzie said…
I have always wanted to go to Salem, and now you've fueled the fire even more! I don't know whether to hug you, or be angry! lol Awww, hugs are SO much nicer!

Your photos are awesome!
Treaya said…
It's so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous said…
Thank you so much for sharing. It's been ten years since I traveled to Salem. I love this site. I am going to add a link. I hope you approve.
OH Salem is one of my favorite places. I love it. My mom took me there when I was a kid and I never forgot it. Oh, and it scared me to death too. But when I got to go back as an adult I loved it every bit as much.

Thanks for the pics, what great memories.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner