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Governor John Langdon House

Portsmouth, New Hampshire


A National Historic Landmark


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Governor John Langdon House is an exceptional Georgian mansion which George Washington “esteemed the first” in Portsmouth. Its reception rooms are of a grand scale suited to ceremonial occasions and are ornamented by elaborate wood carving in the Rococo style. John Langdon was a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary War leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. He built this impressive home to express his status as Portsmouth's leading citizen.  

After Langdon's death in 1819, the house was occupied by other leading families, and at the end of the nineteenth century, Langdon descendants purchased the house and restored it to its eighteenth-century appearance. They added onto the rear of the house a substantial wing designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to house modern necessities.

Visitors to the house learn about the history of Portsmouth through the life of John Langdon and others who lived here. The house tells the story of the early colony of New Hampshire, the glory days of the city’s mercantile boom, and the Colonial Revival movement that blossomed in Portsmouth during the early twentieth century.

Admission to Governor John Langdon House includes both a house tour and access to a rotating series of exhibitions.

Please visit nearby Gilman Garrison House, Hamilton HouseJackson House, Rundlet-May House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, and Sayward-Wheeler House.

Visit the Governor John Langdon House

Friday – Sunday, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
Closed July 4

$6 adults
$5 seniors
$3 students
Free for Historic New England members and Portsmouth residents. Become a member.

Location and directions
Gov. John Langdon House
143 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, N.H. 03801 

Map and directions 

Directions detail: 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.

Parking: Available in the municipal parking lot across Pleasant Street from the museum.

Public transportation: C&J Trailways provides bus service from Boston and the North Shore to Portsmouth. The Coast Bus can be used to travel within the Seacoast.

Contact Governor John Langdon House

Telephone: 603-436-3205
Contact Governor John Langdon House by e-mail.

More about Governor John Langdon House

Collections on Display
Group Tours
Function Rentals
Everyone's History Project: Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Industry
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming Events
Langdon Family Papers

Related Links

Portsmouth Historic House Associates


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