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Phillips House, Salem

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The Phillips House Museum is a Historic New England property located in Salem, Mass.

In 1821, four intact rooms from an earlier house were transported by ox sled to Salem's fashionable Chestnut Street to form the core of a new Federal-style mansion being constructed by Captain Nathaniel West. Nearly a century later, Anna Phillips bought the house and launched a fourteen-month renovation in the Colonial Revival style. When she, her husband Stephen Willard Phillips, and their five-year-old son moved in, they brought with them a family collection that spans five generations and blossomed during Salem's Great Age of Sail.

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

The unusual collection on display is representative of the Phillips’ extensive travels and interests. It includes a Hawaiian and Polynesian objects, as well as fine examples of early American furniture, Persian carpets, and an extensive collection of export porcelain. In the carriage house, visitors can view the family's collection of carriages and automobiles that spans nearly a hundred years.
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  • In the most elegant street, full of old historic houses, stands Phillips House. A mansion of 200 years and which tells the life of the various generations who inhabited it.
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  • Visited here today as a volunteer, but will definitely return to get the full tour. Chestnut St. is lined with many stately, historic homes, the Phillips House being one of them. Lovely architecture i...  more »
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  • Very nice example of Federal period triple decker that evolved with its use, dont forget to schedule the behind to scenes tour if you love the utilitarian aspects of history as i do.
  • Highly recommend. SO MUCH HISTORY! Definitely worth it, about a 45 minute tour. You learn a ton about the Phillips family and their presence in the area.

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