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Wentworth by the Sea Scrapbook


James Barker Smith and Margaret Smith of Wentworth by the Sea / Portsmouth Athenaeum


More pictures from three decades at the summer hotel in New Castle. This collection comes from the Friends of the Wentworth, the group that "saved" the aging Victorian from destruction by locating a new owner.





Pictures from the Smith Era 1946-1982

James Barker and Margaret Smith owned Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, NH from 1946 until 1980, just before the hotel’s long 20-year hibernation. Many still remember this era. The Smiths donated their library of nostalgic pictures to the Portsmouth Athenaeum, from which this collection comes. This is just a sampling of the pictures, all of which appeared in our book-length history of the 1874 seacoast hotel. -- JDR

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The hotel at night circa 1950 by Douglas Armsden

Major. James Barker Smith after the war, woner of the Wentworth in 1946

Margaret Tasker Smith on the job as manager.

Thomas E. Dewey signs in during 1948 Governor's Conference.

The Smiths at their weekly hoedown in the ballroom.

Fashion show in the old (now gone) Colonial Dining Room

Tennis pro Wadleigh Woods worked all 34 summers.

The Smiths at the Miami hotelthe managed  in the 1950s

Ready for the masquerade Ball with Jim Jr.

The "modern" look during the Smith's redecoration.

Smith Family at Wentworth by the Sea pool

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