Inside the Tobias Lear House
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Written by Frank Clarkson

Lear House by Frank Clarkson
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GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS HERE

Tobias Lear IV who helped built John Paul Jones’ ship Ranger lived here and is buried nearby. His son became secretary to President George Washington who visited – we are told – this very house. We offer a rare look inside Portsmouth’s restored colonial.

 

VISIT: Our Tobias Lear section

Rarely open to the public, the Tobias Lear House in Portsmoutth, NEw Hampshire was built in 1740. Because the house is so rarely open to the public, SeacoastNH.com asked former board member and photographer Frank Clarkson for an inside view. To see the captions, hold your mouse over the photograph. For more on the Tobias Lear House contact the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Association. Following are 12 original images on three web pages. -- JDR

SEE: Another SeaccoastNH Photo Gallery by Frank Clarkson 

Rear of Tobias Lear house (c) Frank Clakrson

Antique toys in child'e room (c) Frank Clarkson

Best parlor where Madame Lear entertained George Washington (c) Frank Clarkson

Kitchen in Tobias Lear House (c) Frank Clarkson

All photographs copyright Frank Clarkson. All rights reserved.
Originally published here in 1997.

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Gallery by Frank Clarkson Continued

Tobias Lear House (c) Frank Clarkson

Attic of Tobias Lear House (c) Frank Clarkson

Upstairs hallway (c) Frank Clarkson

Hostesses Barbara Myers and Marion Nutting (c) Frank Clarkson

All photographs copyright Frank Clarkson. All rights reserved.
Originally published here in 1997.

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Gallery by Frank Clarkson Continued

Tobias Lear House (c) Frank Clarkson

Chair in Master Bedroom (c) Frank Clarkson

Wallpaper detail upstairs (c) Frank Clarkson

Back stairwell of Tobias Lear House (c) Frank Clarkson

All photographs copyright Frank Clarkson. All rights reserved.
Originally published here in 1997. Click for more on Tobias Lear.