Hawthorne’s novel The House of Seven Gables (1851) was probably influenced by an ancestor,
as well as the home of a cousin in Salem, Massachusetts that he visited.
One of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestors was Judge John Hathorne,
a harsh judge from the Salem witch trials.
Nathaniel eventually changed his name to Hawthorne, perhaps for this reason.
The house is thought to have been based on the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion in Salem,
which used to have seven gables when it was built in 1668.
It was owned by Hawthorne’s cousin Susannah Ingersoll,
and he visited there often as a youth.