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“Old Portsmouth”

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
Ranked #14 of 71 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Beautifully maintained 17th century old New England. We attended my nephews wedding there in the back property. The whole ceremony was outside. The meal was delicious. We went over to the newly built replica of an original barn next door. It was clean and well lit for the reception. Plenty of room for dancing. We had a ball. The location is very near the center of the city and the ocean is a block away. After hour party was up the street at the Portsmouth Brewery.

Thank Tom O
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

My husband and I were in town for the day on a random Tuesday. We ended up getting a private tour from one of the sweetest ladies ever. She was funny and full of history both in Portsmouth and the Moffatt/Ladd family. The house is as beautiful as it is unique and the garden was magical. We had a blast going through the house and garden. Well worth the visit.
Tip: um they don't take them, tips that is. Our guide said she would donate it to the house after we refused to take the tip back.

2  Thank Porchsong
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Had missed this the last time and was glad to have had the chance this year.
Well informed but stressed guide gave a full run through of the history and about the building and contents in spite of being under the weather from the noxious fumes from a restoration.Stairway in the front hall is impressive.

2  Thank greg t
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Tours of this home are guided and the tour guides give a good presentation of the history of the place. After the tour, one is free to roam around the attractive gardens outside. Photos can be taken of the gardens but no photos are allowed inside. The house was built by the merchant John Moffatt in the mid 18th century and remained in the hands of his descendants until becoming a museum in 1912. Among the people who lived here are William Whipple, a Revolutionary War veteran and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Some of the furnishings in the home date back a couple of centuries.

Thank globeseeker007
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

I recommend visiting this historical site at least once. The house and gardens are beautiful and the museum is pretty interesting. This was definitely an important place in U.S history and its worth visiting.

Thank xoxMichellexox
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