The House of Seven Gables made legendary by American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Visiting this place in winter means that you get practically a personal tour (three people plus the guide).
The house is really cool and you learn quite a mixed bag. It looked nothing like this in Hawthorne’s time. It was completely remodeled and changed over the years. He wrote about it based on memories of a cousin who lived there.
Around a 100 years ago, the house was nearly demolished but saved by woman who used it as a museum to raise money for charity. She had the house remodeled back to a romanticized (i.e. not entirely accurate) version of its colonial appearance.
Still, standing here before it, you find yourself not just in the face of history but a legend of American Literature.
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