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Moffatt Ladd House

154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Originally built for a wealthy merchant family, and later the residence of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this splendid home features an elegant 18th-century garden, interesting carvings and much of the original furniture.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Drawn by its imposing exterior and location overlooking the harbor, we decided to visit this historic house but were unprepared for the beautiful, ornate interiors. The gracious two-story entry hall with a grand staircase is splendid with imported European 18th c. wallpaper depicting the Bay of Naples. The sitting room includes a fascinating series of family portraits and an entire... More

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Albany, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Moffat Ladd house is the mansion/home of a wealthy Portsmouth merchant that was built in the 1760's and which you can take a narrated tour of. It was one of the first homes with a dining room. There is also a very nice garden behind the house and it has harbor views. A worthwhile visit.

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Augusta, GA
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571 reviews 571 reviews
268 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We enjoyed this tour very much and were quite surprised at how well the house had been maintained. The extras the family built into this house for its age were amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable. Nice way to kill a little under an hour.

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

this house is right downtown and across from the wear. It is fascinating to hear about the owners, see some of the furniture and get a sense of what it was like in the early times in our country,

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Sunshine State
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Sarah was our personal tour guide of this interesting historical residence. You can tell she really loves history and loves what she does as she made the personal tour most interesting. A must-see visit while in Portsmouth. Beautiful gardens.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

House seemed a teeny bit dark; was first tour of the season, maybe they need to open the blinds more? Great tour guide as at John Langdon House, also, gardens in back are very pretty. Wish I had a house with a beautiful harbor view like this one! Tip: You may only want to set one at most two house... More

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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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207 reviews 207 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Had a private tour for about an hour in this splendid house. The guide who provided the information about the history of the house and it'ts former inhabitants knew a lot off background. Garden is worth visiting.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I was happy to present a pigeon demonstration at the Annual celebration tour. I was so impressed with the property and gardens. The warehouse is really spectacular. I can't wait to go back with my family. I wish I had time to enjoy all the presentations.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love going inside historic homes and this one was a treat, inside and out. Great location. The staff was very helpful with stories of the town and the neighborhood. Just one of many homes you can tour in downtown Portsmouth.

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Framingham, MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The history in this one building was very impressive. Our tour guide, Sandy, gave us a great tour, and knew just about everything that had ever happened there. Original house was build 250 years ago, but has had many extensive additions, changes, and remodels since. Furniture and woodworking detail were fabulous. Allow an hour for this site - tour (she... More

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