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Phillips House, Salem

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday, May 1 - October 31, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., guided tours every half hour. Last tour departs at 4 pm.

Historic New Egland members tour for free.
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  • This is a beautiful example of a wealthy family's home in the early 1900s. It is full of interesting artifacts and great stories. There are stunning carpets, dishware, paintings and furniture. The...  more »
  • Wonderfully built house and great story about the house and its owners. It was the first time that I was intrigued about the stories about this house and its owners throughout the generations of the.....  more »
  • There is an antique car show here every year; it keeps getting bigger and better as time goes on. It's a chance to meet up with long-time friends and just have a great time. The Phillips House has two Pierce Arrow autos and a Ford Model 'A' in it's garage. Other cars are parked all down Chestnut street. I try to never miss this meet!
  • Really interesting and also passionate tour guides! We got individual attention and could ask questions. Recommended!

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