Solid as a Rockingham Hotel
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Langdon Room at 1960s era Rockingham Hotel in Portsmouth, NH / Strawbery Banke Museum CollectionStrawbery Banke Presents

Legend says that ale tycoon Frank Jones first saw the grand Rockingham House when he was a barefoot farm boy visiting from Barrington. He swore he would one-day own the hotel on State Street – and did. Originally the 18th century mansion of Woodbury Langdon, the hotel burned and was rebuilt by Jones in 1884.



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Rockingham Hotel in the 1960s/ Portsmouth, NH (c) Strawbery Banke Collection

By the mid-20th century, the Rockingham Hotel in Portsmouth, NH otel belonged to Jim and Margaret Smith and featured The Langdon Room (left) and The Ship’s Tavern (right). Today the famous Rockingham lions still guard the entrances. Copyright  Strawbery Banke Museum Collection. All rights reserved.


Postcard of ROckingham Hotel, Portsmouth, NH /

This image from the book STRAWBERY BANKE:
A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making
by J. Dennis Robinson
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum Collection

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