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Nutter House (Thomas Bailey Aldrich House)


Nutter House (Thomas Bailey Aldrich House)
Court Street, Portsmouth, NH
Illustration (c) 1913 Helen Pearson

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Excerpt from "Vignettes of Portsmouth," (1913) by Helen Pearson and Harold Hotchkiss Bennett, Courtesy of Portsmouth Public Library Collection.

Known to all readers of the incomparable "Story of a Bad Boy" as the Nutter House, this was the boyhood home of Thomas Bailey Aldrich, owned by his grandfather, and, by his statement, erected by about the middle of the eighteenth century. Used as a home by the Society for the Benefit of Orphan and Destitute Children from 1877-1883, then as a hospital, until the present Cottage Hospital was constructed, the building was purchased by the Thomas Bailey Aldrich Memorial Association in 1908 And carefully refurnished in minutest detail according to the manner of the "Bad Boy's" home.

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