The Phillips House has been a "hidden gem" in Salem for years, where it sits - not hidden at all - on Chestnut Street, the only one of the Federal era mansions that is open to the public, beneath the Hawaiian flag. Tours of the Phillips House have great scope and range, and include, depending on season, general overview tours, kitchen tours, "Upstairs/Downstairs" style tours, and tours of Chestnut Street that include the Phillips House. For the culinary-minded, one might even find themselves discussing turtle soup and grocery lists at the Phillips House on a Salem Food Tour.
The Phillips House is a property of Historic New England, and it is not the only Historic New England property in Salem. A few blocks away is the 17th-century Gedney House, which will be open this weekend for Seventeenth Century Saturdays. Not your typical historic house, the Gedney House is a structure where you can see original post-and-beam timbers, brick nogging, and early decorative finishes. The Gedney House is Salem's second oldest historic home.
The next Seventeenth Century Saturdays will take place on Saturday, August 2. Tours of the Gedney House, which is located at 21 High Street in Salem, are $5.00 for adults and free for Historic New England members and Salem residents. In conjunction with Salem Maritime Festival, 2-for-1 coupons to visit the Phillips and Gedney Houses will be available at both sites and the Historic New England booth at the festival. The museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with tours available on the hour. Space on tours is limited due to the structure of the house
On August 10, the Thirteenth Annual Phillips House Car Meet wil return to Chestnut Street. Members of the North Shore Old Car Club will display their vintage and antique vehicles; there will be special tours of the Phillips House and Carriage House, including a close-up look at the two Pierce-Arrows, Model A Ford, and five carriages on display. Special family activities and games will be set up in the backyard. Jazz music will be provided by the Trent Austin Duo. Light refreshments will be provided as well. There will be awards in two categories, People's Choice and Sponsor's Choice, and the ceremony will take place at 2:30 PM. The meet takes place on Sunday, August 11 from noon – 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. The car meet is open to all participants, though members of the North Shore Old Car Club will receive priority parking near the Phillips House.
For more information on the Phillips House, Gedney House, and all of their events and tours, please call 978-744-0440 or visit HistoricNewEngland.org.