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Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

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Address: 154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3730
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Originally built for a wealthy merchant family, and later the residence of...

Originally built for a wealthy merchant family, and later the residence of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this splendid home features an elegant 18th-century garden, interesting carvings and much of the original furniture.

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Interesting colonial mansion

Lots of history about the owners of the house, for me almost too much. Interesting, the foyer was nice, but the rest of the architecture was not as impressive as some I've seen.

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Poplarville, Mississippi
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Poplarville, Mississippi
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Lots of history about the owners of the house, for me almost too much. Interesting, the foyer was nice, but the rest of the architecture was not as impressive as some I've seen.

Thank DYK640
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

The most fascinating aspect of this house is that several generations of the same family have occupied it. Visitors are given a personal tour and our guide was able to convey what it must have been like for the people who occupied this mansion, from the unheated entry room to the top floor that the children and slaves occupied.

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Jackson, NJ 08527
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Visiting the Moffat Ladd House was a nice way to see how life was back in the 1800s. House was beautiful. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Great tour. Wonderful gardens.

Thank PhotosFromNature
Smithfield, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We were recommended this stop by folks at the Discover Portsmouth Visitor Center. Remember to bring cash! No cards here. Staff was friendly and inviting and the house was interesting. A very typical house museum, which is great if you’re into that. Would have liked to have heard a bit more about restorations of the structure and anything notable about... More 

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Dansville, New York
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

How cool is it but to walk in the footsteps of someone that signed the Declaration of Independence! Our guide, Kaitlyn was very knowledgable and friendly. Definitely worth the time spent!

Thank Mark S
dayton, oh
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

The house was very impressive. Built in 1700's it is very well preserved. The guide was very knowledge and friendly. We really enjoyed this tour.

Thank Mary O
Lake Grove, New York
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

Our visit to the Moffatt Ladd House was unintentional, as we stumbled upon the property as we walked around Portsmouth. Deciding to visit the house was among the best decisions of our vacation! We were fortunate to have Lauren as our guide though the home, and her descriptions of the family relationships as well as the property itself were fascinating.... More 

Thank John S
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

We showed up right when it opened on the Friday before the 4th of July. Our personalized tour was great, and we learned a lot about the house, its history and the people who made it a special place. Be sure to check out the beautiful gardens surrounding the house and the awesome views out of all the windows. The... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

This is a nice place to visit in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom. The home is beautiful and well maintained. The history is always interesting.

Thank Frank D
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

We were the only people visiting at that time of the morning and had the tour guide's complete attention. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and we had a great time talking with her.

Thank Elizabeth S

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