A National Historic Landmark open to the public since 1912
Thank you to everyone who is sending in their Registration Forms for Wreaths and Trees. We are delighted that we already have firm commitments from 85 businesses, organizations, and individuals, and we still have plenty of room for more! It is a great way to promote your business or organization just before the holiday season, and a fun team-building activity! Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in participating at (603) 430-7968 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available here.
Thank you to our sponsors and donors! We want to thank our sponsors -- TD Bank, Bean Group, Piscataqua Savings Banke, Tree House Toys, Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Rolling Green Nursery, The 100 Club, Aland Realty, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Portsmouth, Marriott Residence Inn Downtown Portsmouth, Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Portsmouth, DTC Law, and Springer's Jewelers,as well as donors Accent on Kitchens, Lindt Chocolate, Demoulas Market Basket, 3 Bridges Yoga, Kilwins, Breaking New Grounds, Abode, and Portsmouth Candle Company.
The 2016 Celebration of Wreaths and Trees will soon be here! Register to submit a wreath, small tree, large tree, or design an installation for the garden! Its free to enter and participants receive free tickets. Registration form is available on our Events Calendar page, or call us at (603) 430-7968. Don't miss this great kick off event to the holiday season. Tickets: $5 for adults; children 12 and under FREE. Light, warm, refreshments served!
Set up times are on Wednesday Nov. 16, and Thursday November 17 from 8-5. Make it a fun day for your staff, members, or family. In 2014 staff from the Colwen hotel group (see photo bottom left) had a great time turning decorating their trees into a friendly and fun competition among colleagues at the different hotels!
We got some great publicity for our Celebration of Wreaths andTrees.Articles appeared in the Portsmouth Herald and the Manchester Union Leader, and the Herald posted videos on You Tube. Watch the video with programs coordinator Sidney Pietrak giving visitors a glimpse of some of the full-size trees that were displayed in our Warehouse. For more photos, see the album on the Home page.
Thank you to the more than 50 individuals, organizations, and businesses that submitted their decorations to our first-ever Celebration of Wreaths & Treesat the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden! Wreaths and trees were displayed in the Great Hall of the House (artificial trees only), throughout the grounds (live trees and displays), and in our Warehouse (artificial trees) on Saturday, November 22, and Sunday November 22, 2014. Proceeds benefit our children's events and school and youth programs. AAA Accent on Kitchens Albacore Submarine Park Altrusa International Ambrosia Gardens Angelina Ciotti/Half Acre Farm Beach Pea Baking Blue Mermaid Island Grille Blue Ocean Society Board of Registrars, City of Portsmouth Celtic Crossing
Churchill's Gardens CURE Restaurant/Salt Cellar Denise Brown/Ad-Cetera Discover Portsmouth Center Fairfield Inn Flowers by Leslie Great Bay Corvette Club
Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Greenleaf Farms Gus & Ruby
Hampton Inn Downtown Portsmouth
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Portsmouth
Keith Trefethen, builder Kennebunk Savings Bank
Lang's Landscaping LeRoux Kitchens
Lively Kids Lovell Designs Marla Podszus Moffatt-Ladd House Guiding Staff
Marriott Residence Inn and Harbor Events NH Women's Heritage Trail NBT Bank Northway Bank
Portsmouth Public Media TV Portsmouth Women's City Club
Sidney Pietrak Strawbery Banke Museum
Tree House Toys Ultimate Treasure Hunts Vanity Hair Studio
Warner House Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
AND -- As a special tribute to the memory of Jeff Ott, and in acknowledgment of its special place in our community's history, Northeast Shade Tree will be lighting the monumental Whipple Horse Chestnut Tree -- also known to some as the Tree of Independence -- for the event. Thanks to Jeff Ott's efforts, the horse chestnut is the Millennium Landmark Tree for the State of NH, and is on the National Register of Historic Trees.
Historic Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Highlights Garden at Annual Our Old House Festival, June 7, 2014
All historic house museums work hard to preserve their buildings and collections, but the timing of the work that is done, means that it isn't always possible to share the process with the public. Recently the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden hosted students from the Mary C. Dondero School in Portsmouth, and those students had a rare treat. Specialists from Preservation Timber Framing of Berwick, Maine, were hard at work on the decorative trim for the windows on the house. Students had a chance to hear David Ford talk about the process, show the suits that the workers have to wear when they are removing paint, and see the pediments that are being conserved. Staff then showed the students through the house, and let them see some of the work that is being done from the inside, including the remains of several early newspapers and a letter that were found in a mouse or squirrel nest that was found under one of the window headers on the third floor.
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