Portsmouth, New Hampshire
A National Historic Landmark
Jackson House is the oldest surviving wood-frame house in New Hampshire. The house was built by Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner, on his family's twenty-five-acre plot.
Jackson House resembles English post-medieval prototypes, but is notably American in its extravagant use of wood. Succeeding generations added a lean-to by 1715, and more additions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to accommodate several different family groups sharing the house at once.
Historic New England’s founder, William Sumner Appleton, acquired the house in 1924 from a member of the seventh generation of Jacksons to live here. Despite pressure to remove post-seventeenth-century additions, Appleton limited his restoration to stripping off twentieth-century lath and plaster and replacing eighteenth-century sash with diamond-paned casements where evidence of the original fenestration was too compelling to ignore.
Visit Jackson House
First and third Saturdays, 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.
Free for Historic New England members and Portsmouth residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
76 Northwest Street
Portsmouth, N.H. 03801
Directions detail: Take I-95 to Exit 7 (Market Street) and follow signs for downtown. Bear right after the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Deer Street. Turn right onto Maplewood Avenue. Turn right onto Northwest Street.
Parking: There is street parking along Northwest Street.
Contact Jackson House
Contact the Jackson House by e-mail.