Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Merchant James Rundlet and his wife Jane built their home on a terraced rise and filled it with the finest furnishings available. The complex of connected outbuildings, including carriage barn and privies, borders the elaborate gardens and orchard in what was both an urban showplace and home for the Rundlets' large family.
Rundlet equipped his home with the latest technologies. The kitchen boasts both a Rumford roaster and a Rumford range, as well as a set kettle and an elaborate venting system that services a smoke room on the third floor. There is an early coal-fired central heating system and an indoor well.
Rundlet-May House shows four generations of family possessions, ranging from original 1807 wallcoverings and furniture to twentieth-century additions by the Rundlets' great-grandchildren. The gardens retain their original layout with plantings that were popular during the Colonial Revival period.
Visit Rundlet-May 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.
June 1 and 2, free admission
Closed July 4
Free for Historic New England members and Portsmouth residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
364 Middle Street
Portsmouth, N.H. 03801
Directions detail: Take I-95 to Exit 7 toward downtown (Market Street). Bear right after the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Deer Street. Turn left onto Maplewood Avenue. In three blocks, follow the right curve onto Middle Street. The Rundlet-May House is three blocks down on the right.
Parking: There is ample street parking on Middle Street.
Contact Rundlet-May House
Contact the Rundlet-May House by e-mail.