Welcome! The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden (1763) is a National Historic Landmark celebrating its 250th birthday in 2013. The house has been an historic house museum for more than 100 years, having first opened its doors to the public in June of 1912. One of America's finest Georgian mansions, the house was built for merchant John Moffatt between 1760 and 1763. During the Revolution, it was the home of General William Whipple, one of New Hampshire's three signers of the Declaration of Independence and his wife Katharine Moffatt Whipple. In 1817 the house passed to John Moffatt's great granddaughter, Maria Tufton Haven Ladd. Her son, Alexander Hamilton Ladd, lived in the house from 1862 until his death in 1900. The house is furnished to showcase its original features and to reflect its use as a private home from 1763 through 1900. (See History for more information on architectural features, furnishings, and the lives of the house's occupants, both enslaved and free.)
Join us on Tuesday October 22, at 7PM in the Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse for a free lecture by Judith Silva, "Voyage of the Yankee Lady,"describing six very different sailors and their 3,000-mile voyage in three modest sailboats circumnavigating New England and sailing to Newfoundland. Presented in partnership with the Piscataqua Maritime Commission. Refreshments will be served. Call for more information.
Saving the Sash Window Workshop with Jade Mortimer of Heartwood Window Restoration, Saturday October 26, 9AM - 3PM. Learn how easy it is to restore your wooden windows and improve their energy efficiency too. Participants bring their own window sash -- or we can supply one -- and work on its restoration under the guidance of our skilled presenter! Ibncludes a tour of the Moffatt-Ladd's current window restoration project. $60 Members, $70 Not-yet Members. Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. Call (603) 224-2281 for reservations. Lunch provided, some free parking available.
See Events Page for more information and updates on these programs
Sampler Identification Day, Saturday Nov. 2, 10AM-2PM, Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse. With conservators from Museum Textile Services, and Sandra Rux, sampler expert from the Portsmouth Historical Society. Learn about your samplers and how to care for them, and have your sampler(s) recorded for the online sampler database of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (ownership can be kept confidential). Cost: $15 per sampler; $25 for two samplers.
There are still 2 more days in the 2013 season
and we are extending our season with special programs on October 22, 26, and November 2
Regular tours and hours: 1-5pm on Sunday and 11-5 Monday-Saturday (last tours at 4:30) through October 20
See our Events Calendar page for more information on events and programs
Thank you to everyone who attended our Garden Soiree, or sent donations. Because of the wonderful generosity of our supporters, and the fabulous food donations from Blue Mermaid Island Grill, Captain and Patty's, Flatbread Company, Mombo, Seaport Fish, and The Oar House we raised more than $1,900!!
Twilight Tour Goers -- Your Twilight Tour Tickets are Good for Admission to All 9 Houses for the Balance of 2013 Season
Strawbery Banke Museum at 14 Hancock Street, Historic New England’s Governor John Langdon House at 143 Pleasant Street (hosting “White on White” an exhibit of photography by Steve Rosenthal) and the 1807 Rundlet-May House at 364 Middle Street,The 1718 Warner House, corner of Daniel and Chapel Streets, The 1758 John Paul Jones House at 43 Middle Street, The 1763 Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden at 154 Market Street, The Wentworth Lear Houses on Mechanic and Hunking Streets, and The 1750 Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Little Harbor Road.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR'S TOUR -- WE HAD A WONDERFUL EVENING!
Thank you to our Festival sponsors:EPort Wood Products, People's United Bank, Treehouse Toys,Aland Realty Group, Granite State Minerals, Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Preservation Timber Framing, Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, Ed Weissman Antiquarian, A & M Paint and Wallpaper, Atlantic Meida, Ricci Lumber, Springer's Jewlers, and Izzy's Premium Frozen Yogurt.
We had a great day with terrific presentations and enthusiastic visitors. Thank you all for your support. And thank you to the visitors who made generous donations on the day of the Festival!
The site is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire (NSCDA-NH). Founded in 1891, NSCDA is a women's organization dedicated to educating the public about American history. More than 80 properties nationwide are affiliated with NSCDA and its state societies.
Owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire