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The Ghost of the Seven Gables

A remarkable photograph captures the Hawthorne ghost


Hawthorne's ghost.

The ghost of a little boy can be seen in the shrubbery.

~ Lisa (used with permission)
Lisa, one of our regular readers, was touring the historic House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts when she snapped a remarkable ghost photograph. The photo clearly shows the image of an apparition, which we have good reason to believe may be the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne or his son, Julian.

A 35-year-old resident of Long Island, New York, Lisa says she has been experiencing paranormal happenings on many levels for as long as she can remember. "It seems the older I get, the more frequent and in-depth these happenings have become," she says. And now she has photographic evidence to back them up.

The photograph was taken in September, 2004 when Lisa had taken a trip to Salem. "On this particular trip," she says, "I decided to take a guided tour of The House of the Seven Gables property, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion located at 54 Turner Street. On that property now sits the birth home of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, which was actually moved from Union Street onto Turner Street."

Hawthorne's Dark Past

Nathanial Hawthorne (1804-1864) is considered one of the most important and influential American authors of novels and short stories. His richly allegorical tales employed a kind of pre-Freudian psychological exploration of his characters, which makes his work as relevant today as ever.

His best-known work, The Scarlet Letter, is still required reading in many American literature curricula. Other works include the dark short story "Young Goodman Brown" (in which a young man meets the devil in a forest) and The House of the Seven Gables, based on the property shown in this photograph and the legend of a curse that was placed on Hawthorne's family by a woman sentenced to death during the infamous Salem witch trials.

Hawthorne's family was of Puritan stock, one of this ancestors being Judge Hathorne, who presided over some of the witchcraft trials in 1692. Nathaniel was actually so ashamed of this bit of family history that he added a "w" to the family name to make it Hawthorne, yet he felt it left an indelible stain on his imagination.

If that's not pretext for a good ghost story, nothing is.

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