Pilgrims at the Rockingham
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Written by Portsmouth Athenaeum


Dinner at the Rockingham Hotel in the 1940s/ Strawbery Banke Archive Strawbery Banke Presents

Hotel owners Jim and Margaret Smith, like Frank Jones before them, owned both Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle and The Rockingham in Portsmouth. Here in the late 1940s a hostess in Pilgrim garb serves punch at the Rockingham. Behind her is Jones’ horseshoe-shaped fireplace. Fond of costume parties, the Smiths reportedly kept 400 outfits on hand for frequent. Masquerades. (Continued below)


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Pilgrim hostess in front of horseshoe-fireplace at Rockingham Hotel in Portsmouth, NH / Strawbery Banke Archive

READ: Look Who Came to Dinner, 1964
READ: Much about the Smiths and the Wentworth Hotel


Rockingham Hotel in the Victorian era/ SeacoastNH.com


Rockingham_Hotel in the 1990s

THis picture (c) Portsmouth Athenaeum
from the Smith Collection/ It appears in
Wentworth by the Sea: Life and Times of a Grand Hotel
by J. Dennis Robinson