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Sayward-Wheeler House

Expect the unexpected York Harbor, Maine Sayward-Wheeler House overlooks the York River, which was ideal for shipping merchant Jonathan Sayward, who bought the house in 1735. A successful businessman, Sayward was a judge and leading citizen in York. He enjoyed great community respect, although his Loyalist views were in...

Rundlet-May House

Comfort, convenience, early innovations 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. It was both an urban showplace and home for the Rundlets’ large family. Rundlet-May House shows four generations of family...

Governor John Langdon House

Experience grandeur Portsmouth, New Hampshire A National Historic Landmark, 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....

Jackson House

Visit the oldest house in New Hampshire Portsmouth, New Hampshire A National Historic Landmark, Jackson House is the oldest surviving wood-frame house in New Hampshire. It was built by Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner. It resembles English post-Medieval prototypes, but is notably American in its extravagant use...

Gilman Garrison House

An unusual monument to regional history Exeter, New Hampshire In 1709 the Gilman family built a garrison, or fortified structure, near the banks of the Squamscot River, where they owned lucrative sawmills. The interior of this unusual building reveals walls constructed of massive sawn logs and a pulley above...

Barrett House

Country elegance and a romantic story 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. Its grand scale was encouraged by Martha’s father, who...

Rocky Hill Meeting House

The center of the community, preserved Amesbury, Massachusetts Rocky Hill Meeting House is one of the best preserved examples of an original eighteenth-century meeting house interior. The fact that it has served no active congregation since the mid-nineteenth century led to its remarkable state of preservation. Eighteenth-century hardware remains...

Dole-Little House

An early eighteenth-century survival Dole-Little House was built c. 1715 with materials salvaged from an earlier structure. Its first owner was Richard Dole, a cattleman, who built a two-room, central-chimney house with a small kitchen shed at the rear. This shed has since been replaced with a larger lean-to....

Coffin House

Life at home over three centuries Newbury, Massachusetts Coffin House, occupied by the Coffin family over three centuries, reveals insights into domestic life in rural New England. The house, which contains the family furnishings, began as a simple dwelling built in the post-medieval style. Tristram Coffin and his family lived,...

Swett-Ilsley House

The house that started it all Newbury, Massachusetts In 1911 Swett-Ilsley House became the first property acquired by Historic New England, just a year after our founding. The original portion, built in 1670 by Stephen Swett, was one room deep, and later additions more than doubled the size of...