Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site

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Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site

New Hampshire

(603) 436-6607

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Overview

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion is the former home of New Hampshire's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth, who served in office from 1741 to 1767. The rambling 40-room mansion which overlooks Little Harbor, is one of the most outstanding homes remaining from the colonial era. Its stateliness and impressive interior and furnishings reflect aristocratic life in Portsmouth in the 1700s.

The Mansion reflects five distinct periods of architecture. The extraordinary skill of New Hampshire's eighteenth century craftsmen is exhibited in the intricate hand-carved mantelpiece. The council chamber and the spy closet reveal details about daily life and government during the colonial period. Purple lilacs, descendants of the first European stock imported by Wentworth, decorate the grounds.

Guests can visit the Coolidge Visitor Center, located on the grounds. The grounds and the Visitor Center are available to rent for events and meetings. Picnicking on the grounds is welcomed; however, pets are prohibited. Restrooms are available in the carriage house.

Map of Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.061175, -70.739594

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Guests can learn more about the history of the mansion by visiting the Coolidge Visitor Center, located on the grounds.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is welcomed on the grounds.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is always open for recreation. During the off-season the park is typically not staffed and comfort stations are not available.

Directions

Driving

Route I-93 & I-95 are the gateway highways to New Hampshire.

From I-93: Take Route 101 east to I-95 to exit 5, Portsmouth Traffic Circle, to Route 1 By-Pass south. Take a left onto Greenleaf Avenue, then a left onto Lafayette Road, right onto South Street, then right onto Route 1-A south, Sagamore Avenue. Take your first left after the cemetery onto Little Harbor Road and follow signs to Wentworth Coolidge Mansion.

From I-95: Take exit 5, Portsmouth Traffic Circle, to Route 1 By-Pass south. Take a left onto Greenleaf Avenue, then a left onto Lafayette Road, right onto South Street then right onto Route 1-A south, Sagamore Avenue. Take your first left after the cemetery onto Little Harbor Road and follow signs to Wentworth Coolidge Mansion.

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Phone Numbers

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(603) 436-6607

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