New Ipswich, New Hampshire
Barrett House, also known as Forest Hall, was built c. 1800 by Charles Barrett Sr. for his son Charles Jr. and daughter-in-law Martha Minot on the occasion of their marriage. According to tradition, its grand scale was encouraged by Martha’s father, who promised to furnish the house in as lavish a manner as Barrett Sr. could build it.
Barrett House features family furnishings, French scenic wallpaper, pristine early twentieth-century bathrooms, and a third-floor ballroom with period musical instruments. The mansion sits on more than seventy acres that include perennial and annual gardens and a Gothic Revival summer house that crowns the hillside overlooking the expansive grounds.
Visitors learn about the multiple generations that resided at Forest Hall, their lifestyles, and the impressive country estate that represents a vanished way of life from a time when New Ipswich was an active mill town.
Visit Barrett House
Second and fourth Saturdays, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
Free for Historic New England members and New Ipswich residents. Become a member.
79 Main Street
New Ipswich, N.H. 03071
Directions: From Route 2, take Exit 32 to Route 13 north toward Townsend, Mass. Take a left on Route 119, then right on Route 124 in West Townsend. Go 10 miles to New Ipswich. Turn left onto Main Street (Route 123A). Barrett House is .25 miles south on the right.
From I-91, take Exit 3. Follow Route 9 east to Keene, N.H. Follow Route 101 east for approximately five miles. Turn onto Route 124 east, follow for approximately 22 miles. In New Ipswich, turn right onto Main Street (Route 123A). Barrett House is .25 miles south on the right.
Parking: There is limited parking available in the Barrett House driveway. Ample street parking is available.
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