Governor John Langdon House Gardens
Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is often cited as one of the finest Georgian residences in the country. An expansive lawn at the rear of the house is shaded by mature trees and enclosed by hedges and a perennial flower border. A 100-foot rose and grape arbor, installed in the early 1900s by owner and family descendant Elizabeth Langdon, leads to a small pavilion and secluded garden. Historic New England invites you to host your wedding or special event in this idyllic outdoor setting.
The property can comfortably accommodate a tent with seating for 150 guests with space for dancing.
John Langdon rose from modest origins to become a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. The house he built for his family expresses his status as Portsmouth's leading citizen and was praised by George Washington, who visited there in 1789.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Langdon descendants purchased the house and restored it to its eighteenth-century glory, adding on a substantial wing designed by McKim, Mead, and White to house modern conveniences.
The handsome garden, dating from the same era, features restored perennial beds, a rose and grape arbor, and a pavilion.
Reservations are now being accepted for 2015 and beyond.
2015 and 2016 Saturday availability is outlined below. Please know we have wonderful Friday and Sunday options as well.
2015 Saturday dates include:
- June 6, 13, 20, and 27
- July 11, 18, and 25
- August 22
- September 5 and 19
2016 Saturday dates include:
- May 7, 14, 21, and 28
- June 4, 11, 18, 25
- July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
- August 6, 13, 20, and 27
- September 3, 10, 17, and 24
- October 1, 8 and 15
Call now to schedule your visit to Governor Langdon House!
May through October
Monday through Sunday
Your rental fee helps support Historic New England's preservation mission.
Take I-95 to Exit 7 towards downtown (Market Street). Bear right after the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Deer Street. Turn left onto Maplewood Avenue. Turn left onto State Street. Turn right onto Pleasant Street. Langdon House is one block down on the left.
E-mail the Langdon House staff or call 617-994-6671.