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John Paul Jones House

43 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-8420
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Ranked #13 of 28 attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This 1758 colonial, gambrel-roofed house was the home of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones while in Portsmouth during the war, and now... more » Owner description: This 1758 colonial, gambrel-roofed house was the home of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones while in Portsmouth during the war, and now features a collection of furniture, toys, guns, canes and a historic garden. « less
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Run by the Portsmouth Historical Society is a great look at Portsmouths role in the development of our country. They have special exhibits each year for the anniversary of special events. If you are going to be in the area you may even be able to catch one of their special lectures/presentations.

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Slingerlands, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is a very nice historic home. Tour is self guided which is great as you get to go at your own pace and really explore. No furnishings are original to the house as it was slated to be torn down. Residents saved it and donated period furnishings. Lots of great information here - take the time to read the... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Interesting for naval buffs and history folks. Hard to keep little kids interested. Good place kill some time and the price is right.

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London, United Kingdom
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216 reviews 216 reviews
98 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The John Paul Jones House is a national historic landmark located on the corner of Middle and State Streets and importantly is the only surviving building known to be associated with the American naval hero. Built in 1758, the museum was originally the home of Captain Gregory Purcell who lived there with his wife until his death in 1776. Following... More

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Halifax, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Who'd a thought Jone Paul Jones lived here. An interseting step back into a time that few people are aware of. Pre revolutionary history right at your finger tips. Inspiring naval history that shaped the lives of Americans and British civilians.

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Despite the fact that this was the not a house owned by John Paul Jones, it was a significant place he stayed. Therefore they have lots of history about him and his time in Portsmouth. As well as US naval history from the time of John Paul Jones to now. Random things hang in the house like the treaty that... More

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Tilghman, Maryland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
53 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

You can say that John Paul Jones Slept here, but this was a boarding house where he stayed for a couple of years here and there while he was in town waiting to see if he would be commissioned to a naval ship. They have some pictures and a photo of his mummified body, which was dug up in the... More

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globeseeker007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This museum contains a lot of history. Tours are self guided and photos are allowed. The museum has quite a bit of history about the famous sea captain John Paul Jones. However, it also has history about Portsmouth especially The Treaty of Portsmouth. This treaty was enacted by President Theodore Roosevelt and ended the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. There is... More

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Kittery Point, ME
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

John Paul Jone's home during the building of his ship "Ranger " that he sailed to the British Isles to burn the town of White Haven to bring the Revolutionary War to the British on their soil. This house is headquarters of the Portsmouth Historical Society and has more exhibits in addition to John Paul Jones. It is a must... More

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Mobile al
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Well informed guides and like the authentic furniture and household items. Surrounded by history in this wonderful city.

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