Nathaniel Hawthorne Birth Site Historical Marker Project

Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America’s most important and widely read authors, was born on the Fourth of July, 1804 in a home on Union Street in Salem, Massachusetts. Built circa 1750, the home in which Hawthorne was born now stands on the campus of The House of the Seven Gables, just a few blocks from its original location, where it was moved in 1958. Though the house itself is well preserved, and open to the public at The House of the Seven Gables, because it was moved from Union Street, many guests inquire about its original location.   

Other sites in Salem associated with Hawthorne have merited commemoration, and the location of his birth surely qualifies as a site worthy of distinction.  A marker near the original site would provide a better experience for visitors interested in tracing Hawthorne’s legacy in Salem, and its presence could only better the cultural landscape of this historic city. 

The Salem Historical Society proudly announces a campaign to raise support for the installation of a historic marker at the site of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth.

This project has been funded, thanks to generous supporters. The plaque is designed and we are currently awaiting direction from the City of Salem on placement. We are expecting a 2019 installation. Check back for details. 

The Nathaniel Hawthorne birth house on its original site at 27 Union Street.
(Library of Congress, LC-DIG-det-4a07571)