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.)
Do you love history? Do you like to explore old houses?
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a museum?
The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden is offering an intensive behind-the-scenes educational opportunity for students ages 12 to16 years who want to know what a career in history museums and historic preservation might have to offer for them.
The camp is led by experienced museum professionals who guide the students through the week with information sessions, local field trips, guest speakers, research assignments, and creative hands-on activities. The camp will culminate in a reception for families and guests and the presentation of student projects.
Where? The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, 154 Market Street, Portsmouth
When? Monday, July 14th-Friday, July 18th 9:00am-5:00pm
How do I sign up? For more information and registration forms, call Barbara Ward or Sidney Pietrak at (603) 430-7968, or send us an email at … email@example.com
Cost: $200 for NSCDA-NH & Friends of The Moffatt-Ladd House, $225 for non-members
For a printable Museum Boot Camp Flyer, please click below
Tours begin June 1, but we are in the office and planning for events that begin in May! 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.
We will open for the regular season on June 1, 2014.
The Our Old House & Garden Festival will take place onSat. June 7, 2014, from 1:00-5:00PM
Regular tours and hours continue through Sunday October 19, 2014
We are now making plans for our 2014 Festival. Thank you again to our 2013 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.
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