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Gedney House

21 High St, Salem, MA 01970-3328
+1 978-744-0440
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Don't expect to see a furnished 1665 house: what you will see is the structure of an original house... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2016
Natalie V
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Boston, Massachusetts
Beautiful historic home

It's not often you can see something from 1665 especially here in America. The home is kept up... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Bernardo F
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New York City, New York
via mobile
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Salem shipwright Eleazer Gedney built the earliest portion of the Gedney House in 1665. Originally, the house was an asymmetrical composition consisting of two rooms on the first floor, a single chamber above, and an attic with a front-facing gable. Significant renovations to the structure in 1712 and 1800 resulted in dramatic changes to the house's appearance. Gedney House was a single-family home until the Gedney family sold it in 1773 to Benjamin Cox, who used it for the next twenty-five years as an investment property. Around 1800, Cox added two townhouse-style ells to the west elevation of the house, converting it into a multi-family dwelling. During the years that followed, it served as a boarding house and tenement in what was then Salem's Italian-American neighborhood. In 1967, Historic New England acquired the house as it was being prepared for demolition.The house is significant not only for its framing, but also for its evidence of early decorative finishes in the hall chamber and parlor. Three successive color schemes, the earliest of which is believed to date to the house's construction, were discovered in the hall chamber. This evidence was preserved by the addition of plaster ceilings, beam casings, and paneled walls by the mid-eighteenth century. The Gedney House is open first Saturdays, June-October, from 11:00 a.M. - 3:00 P.M.
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9 Oct 2016
“Either love it or hate it”
18 May 2016
“Beautiful historic home”
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21 High St, Salem, MA 01970-3328
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+1 978-744-0440
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Don't expect to see a furnished 1665 house: what you will see is the structure of an original house from colonial times which passed through several renovations and changes throughout the years. If you love engineering and architecture, you will love it! If you want...More

Thank Natalie V
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

It's not often you can see something from 1665 especially here in America. The home is kept up pretty well it is on a small Street in the center of town. But worth the drive by if you are in the area

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 19 December 2014

The smells and history of home construction surround you as you walk through this treasure of 17th century homelife.A wonderful example of the living history that surronds you in Salem.

Thank Fran W
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Lack luster tour, little depth of knowledge and we would have been better off walking through the house alone. Great house, terrible tour.More

Thank John A
PhillipsHouse, Manager at Gedney House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2012

Dear John, I am sorry that you were not pleased with your visit to the Gedney House Museum. We strive to have well-trained and well-informed guides to meet the needs of our visitors in our unique historic house museum settings. If there is anything I...More

Reviewed 8 July 2011

We were looking for more of a home that clearly explains first period architecture. Instead we had a thoroughly uneventful visit. Guide was dull, and made the experience poor. There is no advertising for this in town, and is for people that truly know a...More

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PhillipsHouse, Manager at Gedney House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2012

We are sorry that the Gedney House staff did not meet your needs in better explaining first period architecture in Massachusetts. We strive not only to have well-informed staff, but also as staff that can meet the many interest and knowledge levels that visit our...More

Reviewed 15 March 2011

this is a must on a visit to salem, to be able to view how a home is designed and constructed ! take the camera and the kids, you will never forget this house thankfully there is a massive historic preservation in salem and with...More

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