hawthorne salem
Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue, Salem, MA © Author Adventures
Salem © Author Adventures

Yes, you can read the 1851 classic novel entitled The House of the Seven Gables (www.archive.org) and visit the actual House of the Seven Gables (www.7gables.org) too. It was the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts, a town where he was born and lived for many years and where he set many of his stories. You may also like reading A Wonder-book for Girls and Boys (www.archive.org), published the same year.

Hawthorne moved away in his mid-forties and never returned. He is also remembered as a close friend of President Franklin Pierce. In fact, common thought is that Pierce would not have been elected without the help of his writer friend from college, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who published a glowing biography of Pierce to draw attention away from Pierce’s weaknesses.

Many people visit Salem to see spooky places from its witch-hunting history (Hawthorne is descended from a notorious witch hunter), but Salem is a quaint town that offers so much more than that. We found the most spectacularly colorful sea glass along its shores, and a great ice cream parlor. Salem has a population of approximately 29,000.

So, visit this author home, get some ice cream, scout for sea glass, and soak up some history.

This is the fourth stop on Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 2!

Patricia Smart