The House of the Seven Gables is a historic venue located in Salem, Massachusetts. Built in 1668, this house became famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne when he wrote a novel in 1851 with this house as the setting. Couples will be surrounded by lush gardens and waterfront views at this unique, vintage venue. The House of Seven Gables will provide you and your guests memories to last a lifetime as you take in the period homes, colonial revival gardens and the beautiful ocean front.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 200 guests at this romantic venue. For an outdoor affair, there’s the Seaside Lawn which can accommodate both your ceremony and reception. If you prefer to dance the night away indoors, there are the Plumsock and Holyoke Rooms. For a small wedding, there’s also the Hooper-Hathaway House which can accommodate 50 guests for a cocktail-style reception.
The House of the Seven Gables has an on-site event coordinator to oversee your day. Their services include:
This home was built for Captain John Turner in 1668. He was the head of one of the most successful maritime families in the New England Colonies. Captain Samuel Ingersoll purchased it in 1782 and it was his daughter, Susanna Ingersoll, who was the second cousin of Nathaniel Hawthorne. He visited her often in the mid 1800s, which is where he got his inspiration for his novel.
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Kelly Roub · Married on 10/11/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of my destination wedding. Our respective families did not feel comfortable with traveling but still insisted on a wedding prior to any makeup plans we made in relation to travel date. We met with the House of Seven Gables representative, Deb Costa, who was very understanding of the situation and helped us with a new plan. In seven weeks we planned and held a COVID friendly family only "Micromony". Deb was very responsive to the many needs and question I had during such a short time frame. The Venue is beautiful and extremely well kept. We could not have been happier with this second plan and our families loved the venue as well. I am very grateful to have found such a nice venue last minute and would highly recommend to those looking for future events.Sent on 10/18/2020
The House of the Seven Gables's reply:Thank you Kelly for choosing the House of the Seven gables for your wedding. It was my pleasure to work with you and help create such a special day.
Gillian Javetski · Married on 06/01/2020
Beautiful venue, incredible experience
We worked with the Gables as the site our summer wedding. The staff was incredibly helpful from the start, with their knowledge of Salem and vendors in the area they played a big role in helping us plan our whole event. We decided to have our ceremony and cocktail hour at the site, and our reception at the Hawthorne nearby. They were very flexible with all of the options, and we really felt like they were partners in helping us plan the best event possible.Sent on 09/01/2020
Ultimately, COVID-19 ended up throwing a wrench in all of our plans, and the Gables as more supportive than we could possibly have imagined. They were entirely focused on us, with all of the challenges everyone was facing. It meant a tremendous amount to us to have their support through the whole experience. We wholeheartedly recommend the House of Seven Gables. No matter what obstacles life throws at you (and with any wedding there are plenty), they are in your corner from start to finish.
The House of the Seven Gables's reply:Thank you for such a lovely review. Seeing how happy you were on your wedding day and seeing the love all around you I was honored to have been a part of your day.
Tara McMullen · Married on 11/10/2018
Absolutely the best location for an outdoor wedding ceremony in Salem!
We chose to hold our wedding ceremony at the House of Seven Gables this past November – and it was one of the best decisions we have ever made! My husband and I live in Salem, and we really wanted to host our nontraditional wedding ceremony outdoors in the Fall (our favorite season) in a gorgeous natural setting…so the House of Seven Gables was the perfect location! The large section of the lawn in back of the House held our 130 guests absolutely perfectly, and between the waterfront view and the view of the house, we were completely surrounded by natural beauty and historical architecture. We were lucky enough to have a perfectly clear (although incredibly cold and windy!) Fall day for our outdoor ceremony – and as we chose to have our ceremony begin right around sunset, the view over the water ended up being simply breathtaking! Included in our rental agreement was the opportunity to shoot photos in various rooms in the House itself, in addition to all over the grounds – which was SUCH a wonderful and unique experience! All of the various spaces on the property (both inside and outside) are extraordinary, and made our photos look that much more magical.
Deb Costa, who we worked with through the entire process of planning and executing our ceremony, was so incredibly kind, patient, and helpful all along the way! She provided great suggestions and ideas, and took the time to meet with us three times in person in the preceding months to do several walk-throughs of the space. She was also with us every step of the way on the day of the ceremony, and we 100% couldn’t have done it without her!
Having our wedding ceremony at the House of Seven Gables was simply a splendid experience, and the venue and staff deserve five stars in every category.
Sent on 12/27/2018
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The House of Seven Gables is a beautiful, historic venue in the heart of Salem. The property is has a beautiful fragrant garden and ocean views to die for. The perfect location for any event. Beauty, history and an amazing staff. Working with Deb makes planning any event easy and flawless. She is hands on, professional and knowledgeable.
Great stop for the history minded.
Historic venue overlooking the harbor! Beautiful.