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  • Damm Garrison House (1675)
    Only intact garrison survided 1689 Indian massacre and was moved to Woodman Institute campus in the early 20th century. Contains displays of colonial tools and housewares. 182 Central Avenue, Dover. Donation. Wednesday to Sunday, except holidays, 12:30-4:30 pm Saturdays & Sundays only December through January Closed February 1 through March 31. 603-742-1038. MAP

  • Gilman Garrison House (ca. 1690) SPNEA
    Originally a fortified garrison. June-Oct. 12 Water St. Exeter. Admission. 603-436-3205. MAP

  • Jackson House (1660) SPNEA
    Oldest house in NH and one of the earliest examples of plank frame construction in New England. Admission. June-Oct. 76 Northwest St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-3205. MAP

  • John P. Hale House (1813)
    Home of the first abolitionist US senator now a museum with hundres of items from Dover history. Upstairs shows living areas. Hale's daughter Lucy was once engaged to John Wilkes Booth. Part of the Woodman Institute campus, 182 Central Avenue, Dover. Donation. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, except holidays, 12:30-4:30 pm Saturdays & Sundays only December through January Closed February 1 through March 31 603-742-1038. MAP

  • John Paul Jones House (1758)
    Capt. John Paul Jones lived here while supervising the outfitting of The Ranger (1777) and America (1781) for the Continental Navy. Home of Portsmouth Historical Society. May-Oct. Corner of Middle and State Streets. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-8420. MAP

  • Ladd-Gilman House
    Located at the American Independence Museum at 1 Governor's Lane in downtown Exeter, dedicated to the American Revolution. Items on display include rare printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Museum store on site. Call for hours. Admission. 603-772-2622. MAP

  • Langdon House (1784) SPNEA
    One of New England's finest 18th century houses. Home of N.H. Governor John Langdon. June-Oct. 143 Pleasant St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-3205. MAP

  • Moffatt-Ladd House (1763)
    A National Historic Landmark, this three-story mansion is a treasury of furnishings and architecture. Home of William Whipple. Of special interest are the gardens and the original furniture of Capt. John Moffatt. May-Oct. N.H. Colonial Dames. 154 Market St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-8221. MAP

  • Moses Kent House (1868)
    French Second Empire mansion on extensive grounds that were probably designed by Olmstead, the architect who designed NYC's Central Park. 1 Pine St. across from Exeter Inn. Exeter. 603-772-2044. MAP

  • Rundlet-May House (1807) SPNEA
    James Rundlet's Federal style home, furnished with the wealthy merchant's period pieces. Middle St. Portsmouth. Open June-Oct. Admission. 603-436-3205. MAP

  • Strawbery Banke Museum
    A 10 acre waterfront neighborhood and museum illustrating 350 years of architectural and social history through restored furnished houses, exhibitions, period gardens, traditional crafts and special programs. Marcy St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-433-1100. MAP

  • Tobias Lear House (1740)
    A charming hip-roofed mansion named for President George Washington's first secretary. Washington visited in 1789 and later died in the arms of Tobias Lear. Fundraising is underway to complete restoration. Open only Wed 1-4pm in summer and by appointment. Admission. 603-436-4406. MAP

  • Warner House (1716)
    Fine example of an early 18th century New England brick mansion. Contains murals and a lightning rod said to have been installed under Benjamin Franklin's supervision in 1762. Corner of Daniel and Chapel Streets. Portsmouth. June-Oct. Warner House Assoc. Admission. 603-436-5909. MAP

  • Wentworth Coolidge Mansion (ca. 1741)
    This 42-room mansion represents three periods of New England architecture and was the official residence of Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire. State Historic Site. Little Harbor Rd. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-6607. MAP

  • Wentworth Gardner House (1760)
    Splendid example of Georgian architecture. Built as a present for Thomas Wentworth, brother of John Wentworth the last Royal Governor of NH. A registered National Landmark. June-Oct. 50 Mechanic St. Portsmouth. Admission. 603-436-4406. MAP

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