Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Ghost of Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne(1804-1864), is one of America's most important authors with such notable works as The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Named for his latter work, Hawthorne's birth home is in Salem, Massachusetts, and the site of this ghostly photograph taken in 2004.
A tourist perusing the home snapped this picture in Hawthorne's former yard. Closer examination reveals the apparent apparition of a small boy in the shrubbery, peering over the wooden fence. It is believed the ghost is that of a young Julian Hawthorne, Nathaniel's young son. A comparison of the ghostly figure and a photograph of a 5-year-old Julian reveals a striking and unmistakable resemblance.
Built in 1668, the House of the Seven Gables is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. It is open to the public year-round from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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