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Franklin Pierce Homestead

Address: 301 2nd NH Turnpike, Route 31 North off Route 9, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Phone Number: 603-478-3165
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Franklin Pierce Homestead is operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society, is the boyhood home of America's fourteenth president and is a spacious and beautiful, federal style country home. Built by Pierce's father in 1804, it reflects the gracious and affluent living of the nineteenth century. A ballroom, which extends the entire length of the second floor, was used for entertaining neighbors and distinguished families of the state and nation. Franklin Pierce shared Daniel Webster's dedication to national unity and led our country during the most trying of times, the time of slavery. Private tours & large group tours, both coinciding & outside the public hours & months, can be arranged. The Pierce Homestead is available, at a fee, for small private functions & meetings.
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Childhood home of President Franklin Pierce, historic for that reason and for his family; his father was governor of New Hampshire. The home is well preserved with vintage furniture; our docent did a very good job explaining Pierce and his childhood. This is a well preserved example of life in the first half of the 19th century. We visited this... More

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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165 reviews 165 reviews
117 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is quite a bit more than just President Franklin Pierce's childhood home, this is a slice of regional history as his father, Benjamin, a governor and successful businessman in his own right was one of the wealthiest self-made men of means in the town. In its heyday the house - a tavern really - sat on a key section... More

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Hillsborough, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The only US President from New Hampshire grew up here. Great spot to stop in on and visit and enjoyed by all ages except very little ones. Recommended for ages six and up. Guided tours except on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 when they are having self-guided tours and an open house as part of the 6th annual Living History Event... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I haven't been here in a while, but as a child I grew up here and went there often. It shows how life was like in a typical well to do household during Franklin Pierce's presidency. I always loved the kitchen.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Excellently done exhibit heralding one of our nations finest early leaders. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Great stop on a sojourn through beautiful and quaint New Hampshire. I especially liked the period White House plate wear. Afterword, go two more exits up to pick your own blueberries for the perfect relaxed day with kids or special quality time with... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My husband and I visited this many years ago but last week I went with my granddaughter and her friend. It's changed a lot. We were lucky enough to arrive right at "tour time" and spent an hour learning so much more about not only Franklin but about the Pierce family. Our tour guide knew so much and answered all... More

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Shelton, Ct
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Thank you Sarah for doing a great job teaching us about the 14th president. So informative. Highly recommend this for the history lover. The home is so interesting and Sarah knows her stuff. She definitely gave me the perfect picture of what the days were like in the Pierce homestead years ago.

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New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is the home of the 14th President of the US. The homestead is filled with period furniture and clothing. Guides explain the life and times of this President. In addition on the 17th and 18th of August, there is a big historical event with people in period clothing and events acted out by the local people.

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Columbia, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Another must for those who like presidential sites. I particularly enjoy when those giving the tours feel passionate about preserving the good name of their president, and that was the case here. You could tell that Sarah enjoys what she does and it was wonderful talking with her.

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Glens Falls, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We enjoyed discovering the Franklin Pierce Homestead site. It was later in the afternoon and the actual building was closed. However, we looked around the property and enjoyed what we did see.

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