Benjamin Franklin Webster
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Benjamin Franklin WebsterStrawbery Banke Presents
HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #28

A master builder, Benjamin Franklin Webster came to town from Epsom at age 17 and became one of the city’s wealthiest men. He posed here in a carriage on the lawn of his lavish Broad Street house with wife Sarah and daughter Stella. This beautiful Victorian with sumptuous woodworking represents the finest work of a self-made man. (Click for full photo)

 

 

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VIctorian Home (c) Strawbery Banke

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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BONUS DETAIL:
Notice the detailed woodworking on this closeup of the house. The interior work was of equally fine quality. Webster built the Kearsage House and the Cabot Street School among other local buildings.

House detail