Piscataqua House Early Checkout
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Piscataqua House
Strawbery Banke Presents

This rare 1857 ambrotype is the only known image of one of Portsmouth’s early hotels. It stood on Pleasant Street where the Custom House building is today. This solid building – with its clapboard front and brick sides – was originally Farmer’s Hotel. Built in the 1830s, it therefore was part of the downtown for a fleeting 30 years or less.


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Piscataqua House (c) Strawbery Banke Museum

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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BONUS IMAGE" Close-up of group. Too bad we don't know who they are or why they are gathered in from of the hotel.

1857 detail of group outside Portsmouth Hotel / Strawbery Banke