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“John Paul Jones Did Sleep Here, but it Was Not His House”

John Paul Jones House
Ranked #22 of 71 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: This 1758 colonial, gambrel-roofed house was the home of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones while in Portsmouth during the war, and now features a collection of furniture, toys, guns, canes and a historic garden.
Reviewed 4 September 2013

You can say that John Paul Jones Slept here, but this was a boarding house where he stayed for a couple of years here and there while he was in town waiting to see if he would be commissioned to a naval ship. They have some pictures and a photo of his mummified body, which was dug up in the early 1900's in Paris and brought back to Maryland to be buried at the Naval academy.
Most of the museum is devoted to the history of the Japanese and Russian Treaty that was signed in Portsmouth in the early 1900's, so if you are interested in that this is the place to go. The tour is self guided and there is a lot of reading to be done. There is a silent film of dignitaries from Russia and Japan coming from boats and riding in carriages. There are some artifacts and furniture that residents have donated. The best part of the house is the stairway in the upper hall. If you like old houses you will appreciate this house, but I found the museum a bit to text heavy for my tastes.

Thank Born_to_go61
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This museum contains a lot of history. Tours are self guided and photos are allowed. The museum has quite a bit of history about the famous sea captain John Paul Jones. However, it also has history about Portsmouth especially The Treaty of Portsmouth. This treaty was enacted by President Theodore Roosevelt and ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. There is a silent film about this treaty. The museum contains weapons and a small cannon as well as models of ships from centuries past. It has documents and other memorabilia. After touring the museum, one can cross the street to another part of the museum and see a short video.

Thank globeseeker007
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

John Paul Jone's home during the building of his ship "Ranger " that he sailed to the British Isles to burn the town of White Haven to bring the Revolutionary War to the British on their soil.
This house is headquarters of the Portsmouth Historical Society and has more exhibits in addition to John Paul Jones. It is a must see.

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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Well informed guides and like the authentic furniture and household items. Surrounded by history in this wonderful city.

Thank Dianne J
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

Great old house. Nice grounds in the summer. Lots of information and exhibits about John Paul Jones. Photo of the mummy of John Paul Jones!

Thank RosemaryKN
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