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The oldest surviving house in Northern New England
A National Historic Landmark
Jackson House is the oldest surviving house in New Hampshire and Maine. It was built by Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner, when timber from the region’s abundant forests formed the basis of the economy. To highlight its fascinating construction methods, the home is shown unfurnished. In September, Jackson House hosts a harvest festival in the orchard that slopes down to the Piscataqua River.
June 1 to October 15, first and third Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the museum is closed to the public.
Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately fifty-minute guided tour; please allow one and a quarter hours for your visit.
Appleton’s Jackson House: Delve into the thought process and early preservation theories of Historic New England’s founder, William Sumner Appleton, during the 1924 restoration of Jackson House.
Up to 12 visitors can tour the house with each guide; generally we can accommodate up to 24 visitors in the house in one hour. Accommodations can be made for larger groups.
Please note that the tour requires a considerable amount of standing and stair climbing. If members of your group need special assistance, please let the museum know in advance.
Guided House Tour: $10 per adult for groups of 8 or more visitors. Additional rates apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.
Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.
The tour leader or class instructor and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.
A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum number is due upon booking. The outstanding balance must be paid when the group arrives on-site for the tour.
Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.
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Visit other Historic New England properties nearby. Package discounts available.
Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth – An exceptional Georgian mansion which George Washington “esteemed the first” in Portsmouth, and home of John Langdon, a revolutionary leader, three-term governor, and signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth – A Federal mansion featuring Portsmouth furniture and technological innovations in cooking and heating. The gardens retain their original layout with plantings that were popular during the Colonial Revival period.
Historic orchard and waterfront on North Mill Pond
Street parking only
Food and drink are prohibited in the museum.
Touching, leaning, or sitting on the objects is prohibited.
Cell phones should be silenced prior to your tour.
Your group will stay with the tour guide for the entire tour.