Nothing screams "summer fun" like a trip to Salem, right? And nothing screams "Fuck yeah, Salem!" like a visit to the House of Seven Gables. Also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, the house was built way back in 1668 and inspired that creepy 1850s gothic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. You probably knew that already, but did you know that it's one of the oldest 17th-century mansions in New England? And that inside said mansion is a museum stuffed with artifacts, weird objects, framed works, photographs, and a rare-book library? At some point, the folks behind the Gables realized this place was a hell of a tourist attraction, so they actually up and moved Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace building to sit a few feet away from the mansion — inside, you can learn all about his life. It's not all historically accurate (some of the house has been restructured to align with Hawthorne's book), but whatever . . . we're not sticklers.

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