Pushing the Peirces Around
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The 1799 John Peirce Mansion on Middle Street still survives, but has been pushed back from its dominant spot in Haymarket Square. Across the square to the left Charles Peirce ran the "Oracle of the Day" newspaper. Orice located in Market Square, the "Oracle House" was moved to Haymarket around 1800, then to Marcy Street in 1937 where it sits today across from Prescott Park.



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John Peirce Mansion, Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH (c) Strawbery Banke Museum

This image from the book STRAWBERY BANKE:
A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making
by J. Dennis Robinson
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COlorized postcard of John Peirce House in Portsmouth, NH / SeacoastNH.com

Pracle House in Portsmouth, NH (c) SeacoastNH.com

"Oracle House" belonging to Charles Peirce was moved tat least twice from Market Square to Haymarket Square in 1800 and then here to Marcy Street in 1937 where it is currently privately owned. (SeacoastNH.com photo)