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Located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, overlooking the Piscataqua River and the Moffatt family's wharves, the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden is one of America's finest urban Georgian merchant estates. The site includes the mansion with its superb woodwork and fine antique furnishings, two outbuildings, and a terraced Colonial Revival garden. Commissioned by the merchant John Moffatt in 1760-63, the house remained in the hands of his descendants until it became a museum in 1912. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Whipple and his wife Katharine Whipple lived here throughout the Revolution. William Whipple and his enslaved servant Prince Whipple were both Revolutionary War veterans. Moffatt's great granddaughter Maria Ladd and her husband Alexander Ladd took ownership of the house in 1819. Maria lovingly preserved many family items, some of which remain in the house. Alexander Hamilton Ladd and his family lived in the house between 1862 and 1900, and made numerous improvements, extending the gardens and creating many of the lovely spaces and structures that are still evident today.
The museum is open daily mid June to mid October. Monday through Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-5. For information on school tours, public programs, rentals or group tour discount, the gardens and warehouse maybe rented for special events. Please call (603) 436-8221 or visit www.moffattladd.org