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Historic House Museums in New Hampshire

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for New Hampshire current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in New Hampshire that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Center Sandwich

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Sandwich Historical Society

4 Maple Street
Center Sandwich, NH  03227
Phone: (603) 284-6269

Year Built: 1949
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: See their website

The museum includes an 1849 house furnished with antiques.

Concord

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Mary Baker Eddy Historic House

62 North State Street
Concord, NH  03301
Phone: (603) 225-3444 • Toll Free: (800) 277-8943

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children under 12 free
Hours: Contact Museum

Visit this mid-19th-century Greek-revival style home to learn about Mary Baker Eddy's 18 years in Concord, NH. It was here that Mrs. Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, undertook a landmark revision of her major work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The tour at this house includes an exhibit on her birthplace in Bow, NH. This house is a short walk to other related sites: the New Hampshire State House where a full-scale portrait of Mrs. Eddy can be seen, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, her gift to the citizens of Concord. Guided tours available year-round. Please visit www.longyear.org for details.

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The Pierce Manse

14 Horseshoe Pond Lane
Concord, NH  03301
Phone: (603) 225-4555

Year Built: 1842
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors $6, Children $3
Hours: See their website

The Pierce Manse is the only home ever owned and lived in by President Franklin Pierce, a New Hampshire native and the 14th President of the United States.

Cornish

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Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

139 Saint Gaudens Road
Cornish, NH  03745
Phone: (603) 675-2175

Year Built: 1817
Admission Price: Adults $5
Hours: 9am-4:30pm daily, Memorial Day Weekend to Oct 31

The 1885-1907 home and studio of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens originally was a country tavern built in the early 1800s. The house has formal gardens, a collection of horse drawn vehicles, and the original furnishings.

Derry

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Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site

122 Rockingham Rd
Derry, NH  03038
Phone: (603) 432-3091

Year Built: 1884
Admission Price: Adults $5, Childen $3
Hours: See their website

The Robert Frost Farm Historic Site was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years. The simple two-story white clapboard farmhouse is typical of New England in the 1880s.

Dover

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The Woodman Institute

182 Central Ave.
Dover, NH  03820
Phone: (603) 742-1038

Year Built: 1818
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Three historic homes filled with colonial history and natural history collections.

Exeter

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American Independence Museum

One Governors Lane
Exeter, NH  03833
Phone: (603) 772-2622

Year Built: 1721
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Thu-Sat, Jun thru Oct

The American Independence Museum's property includes the expansive Ladd-Gilman House (c. 1721), and the stately Folsom Tavern (c. 1775).

Franklin

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Daniel Webster Birthplace State Historic Site

131 North Road
Franklin, NH  03235
Phone: (603) 934-5057

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Childen $3
Hours: 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun, Jun 15 to Sep 2

The Daniel Webster Birthplace is associated with the birth and early childhood years of Daniel Webster, one of our country's most respected orators and statesmen. While the site affords a view of the early years of Daniel Webster, it also provides a glimpse of 1700s farm life in the infant years of the United States.

Hillsborough

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Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site

301 2nd NH Turnpike
Hillsborough, NH  03244
Phone: (603) 478-3165

Year Built: 1804
Admission Price: Adults $5, Childen $3
Hours: See their website

Franklin Pierce Homestead is operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society, is the boyhood home of America's fourteenth president and is a spacious and beautiful, federal style country home. Built by Pierce's father in 1804, it reflects the gracious and affluent living of the nineteenth century. A ballroom, which extends the entire length of the second floor, was used for entertaining neighbors and distinguished families of the state and nation. Franklin Pierce shared Daniel Webster's dedication to national unity and led our country during the most trying of times, the time of slavery.

Keene

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Horatio Colony House Museum

199 Main Street
Keene, NH  03431
Phone: (603) 352-0460

Year Built: 1806
Admission Price: free
Hours: May 1 - Oct 15, Wed-Sun, 11am - 4pm

A totally intact old New England family home representing three generations over a span of 130 years, with original furnishing and decorative arts from around the world.

Lancaster

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Weeks State Park

200 Weeks State Park Rd
Lancaster, NH  03584
Phone: (603) 788-4004

Year Built: 1913
Admission Price: Adults $5, Childen $3
Hours: See their website

John Wingate Weeks Historic Site's Mt. Prospect estate was built at the direction of John Wingate Weeks, leading conservationist, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and Secretary of War under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The 420-acre Mt. Prospect estate was given to the state of New Hampshire in 1941 by John Weeks' children, Katherine Weeks Davidge and Sinclair Weeks. Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the house and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy a historic Tower and the Lodge.

Manchester

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Currier Museum of Art

150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH  03104
Phone: (603) 669-6144

Year Built: 1950
Admission Price: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $9, Youth $5
Hours: See their website

Reached by a van from the museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House is an example of his "Usonian" style. Reservations are required.

Milton

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New Hampshire Farm Museum

1305 White Mountain Highway
Milton, NH  03851
Phone: (603) 652-7840

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors/Students $6, Children $4
Hours: See their website

The NH Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer's Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead date to the late 18th century and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farms were passed down in the same families for generations.

New Ipswich

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Barrett House

79 Main Street
New Ipswich, NH  03071
Phone: (617) 994-6675

Year Built: 1800
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students$2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm, 2nd & 4th Sat, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Barrett House, also known as Forest Hall, was built c. 1800 by Charles Barrett Sr. for his son Charles Jr. and daughter-in-law Martha Minot on the occasion of their marriage. According to tradition, its grand scale was encouraged by Martha’s father, who promised to furnish the house in as lavish a manner as Barrett Sr. could build it.

North Groton

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Mary Baker Eddy Historic House

29 Hall’s Brook Road
North Groton, NH  03241
Phone: (603) 786-9943 • Toll Free: (800) 277-8943

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children under 12 free
Hours: Contact Museum

Perched on the edge of Hall's Brook is the small cottage Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science) shared with her second husband, Daniel Patterson, for five challenge-filled years. Her abiding trust in God, deep study of the Bible, and search for health made her experiences here vital links to her discovery of Christian Science. At this site the remaining stone foundation of Daniel Patterson's saw mill, one of his ventures, can also be seen. Guided tours available May 1-Oct. 31 by appointment. Please visit www.longyear.org for details. Tours of this house are paired with tours of the nearby Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Rumney, NH. They start at the Rumney site.

Portsmouth

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Governor John Langdon House

143 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-3205

Year Built: 1784
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3
Hours: 11am-5pm Fri-Sun, Jun 1 - Oct 27

Governor John Langdon House is an exceptional Georgian mansion which George Washington “esteemed the first” in Portsmouth. Its reception rooms are of a grand scale suited to ceremonial occasions and are ornamented by elaborate wood carving in the Rococo style. John Langdon was a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary War leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. He built this impressive home to express his status as Portsmouth's leading citizen.

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Jackson House

76 Northwest Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-3205

Year Built: 1664
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3
Hours: 11am-5pm 1st & 3rd Sat, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Jackson House is the oldest surviving wood-frame house in New Hampshire. The house was built by Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner, on his family's twenty-five-acre plot.

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John Paul Jones House Museum

43 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-8420

Year Built: 1758
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2.50
Hours: See their website

The house was built in 1758 by sea captain Gregory Purcell for his bride Sarah Wentworth. After the captain's death, his widow began taking in gentleman boarders to support her large family. Her most famous guest was John Paul Jones who boarded here while overseeing the preparation of the ship Ranger in 1777. Jones returned in 1781, this time as a US naval hero, and waited over a year for final construction and outfitting of the USS America. The America was to be the largest ship in the Continental Navy, but it was, instead, given by Congress to the French and never commanded by Jones.

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Moffat-Ladd House and Garden

154 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-8221

Year Built: 1763
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: 11am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1-5pm Sun, Jun 15 to Oct 15

This elegant three-story mansion was completed in 1763 by a crew hired by Captain John Moffatt. Captain Moffatt was a merchant-trader in New England's tall pine trees which were used for masts on English sailing ships. He also traded in molasses and rum from the West Indies, and in luxury goods for the prosperous residents of Portsmouth. The front of the house overlooks the family wharf on the year-round harbor of the Piscataqua River.

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Rundlet-May House

364 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-3205

Year Built: 1807
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Merchant James Rundlet and his wife Jane built their home on a terraced rise and filled it with the finest furnishings available. The complex of connected outbuildings, including carriage barn and privies, borders the elaborate gardens and orchard in what was both an urban showplace and home for the Rundlets' large family.

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Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 433-1100

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $17.50, Youths $10
Hours: See their website

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, a National Historic Landmark, dedicated to bringing 300* years of American history to life.

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The Tobias Lear House

Hunking Street
Portsmouth, NH  03802
Phone: (603) 436-4406

Year Built: 1740
Admission Price: Adults $4, Children $2
Hours: 1-4pm Wed during summer

Tobias Lear V was born here in 1762 and died by his own hand in Washington D.C. in 1816. In 1789 he accompanied America's first president George Washington on his tour of the original colonies. The president's visit to the Lear House is well documented and the parlor of the house is restored to represent that 1789 period. Washington met with Mrs. Tobias Lear IV and the event is briefly noted in Washington's journal.

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Warner Houes

150 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH  03802
Phone: (603) 436-5909

Year Built: 1716
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors/Students $4
Hours: 11am-4pm Wed-Mon, mid-Jun to mid-Oct

Explore one of 18th-​century Portsmouth’s influ­en­tial fam­i­lies room by room. Built c.1716 for ambi­tious immi­grant Capt. Archibald Macp­head­ris, the Warner House is one of the old­est urban brick res­i­dences in New Eng­land, boast­ing rich archi­tec­tural fea­tures of early-​Georgian style, includ­ing old growth-​wood pan­el­ing and fine mold­ings. Ascend­ing the cen­ter stair­case, encounter four unique wall murals, con­sid­ered the old­est extant wall murals in the coun­try

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Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion SHS

375 Little Harbor Road
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Phone: (603) 436-6607

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site is the former home of New Hampshire's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth, who served in office from 1741 to 1767. The rambling 40-room mansion which overlooks Little Harbor, is one of the most outstanding homes remaining of the colonial era. Its stateliness and impressive interior and furnishings reflect aristocratic life in Portsmouth in the 1700s.

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Wentworth-Gardner House

50 Mechanic Street
Portsmouth, NH  03802
Phone: (603) 436-4406

Year Built: 1760
Admission Price: Adults $4, Children $2
Hours: 1-4pm Tue-Sun, Jun to mid Oct

The history of the Wentworth-Gardner House is a fascinating study in historic presevation. It was was built c.1760 for Thomas Wentworth, brother of John Wentworth, the last royal governor of New Hampshire. Mark Hunking Wentworth, a prominent Portsmouth merchant, built the house for his son as a wedding present.

Rumney

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Mary Baker Eddy Historic House

58 Stinson Lake Road
Rumney, NH  03266
Phone: (603) 786-9943

Year Built:
Admission Price: $5 donation per family suggested.
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, May 1 to Oct 31

Mrs. Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, lived in the house 1860-62.

Wolfeboro

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Clark House Museum Complex

233 South Main St
Wolfeboro, NH  03894
Phone: (603) 569-4997

Year Built: 1778
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: 10am-4pm Wen-Fri, 10am 2pm Sat Jul - Aug

The Clark House is one of three historic buildings that make up the museum. It is furnished as a typical Colonial farmhouse.

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