Unveiling Salem’s architectural gem: the Pickering House stands tall

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Salem whispers tales of the past, and its title for “oldest building” goes to the iconic Pickering House. Believed to have been built around 1651, this timber frame structure is the oldest documented house in Salem. 

The Pickering House holds the distinction of being continuously occupied by a single family for over ten generations, including Colonel Timothy Pickering, a Revolutionary War figure. The house showcases the architectural style of early New England homes, featuring exposed beams, brick fireplaces and a central chimney.

Today, the Pickering House is a museum that offers visitors a chance to explore 17th-century life in Salem.

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