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.)
Talk & Taste: "Three Generations of Stirring the Pot," with Food Historian Sandra Tarbox, Wed. Aug. 6, 2014, 4PM. See Events Calendar page for more details.
Thank you to 2014 Our Old House Festival Sponsors, Presenters, and Volunteers!
We had a wonderful day for the Our Old House & Garden Festival on Saturday June 7, with displays and presentations by seventeen organizations and individuals. The Heirloom Plant Sale was a great success, and the concert by Two Old Friends was a terrific way to end the day!
Thank you to all of our wonderful presenters and volunteers, and especially to our sponsors: Tree House Toys, EPort Wood Products, Granite State Minerals, NBT Bank, Aland Realty Group, Peoples' United Bank, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Rolling Greeen Nursery, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, York Insurance Agency, Hilton Garden Inn, Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown, Atlantic Media, Springer's Jewelers, Spectrum by Design, Izzy's Premium Frozen Yogurt, Blue Moss, and in-kind donations by Jardiniere Flowers, Blue Mermaid island Grill, and Marshall Tent and Event Rental.
Tours begin June 1, and continue every day through Sunday October 19, 2014. Please check our calendar page for special events and hours.
If you are interested in booking an event or wedding, group tour, or would like to know more about our programs, please call the office at (603) 430-7968 or (603) 436-8221. See our Visitor and Contact Information page for email addresses, and Wedding and Rentals page for rental information and prices.
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