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Address: 43 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603-436-8420
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This 1758 colonial, gambrel-roofed house was the home of Revolutionary War...

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.

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interesting exhibits enhanced house tour

Guide gave a brief introduction and then let us do self-guided tour of house where John Paul Jones boarded. Interesting additional exhibit about the signing in Portsmouth of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
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Williamsburg, VA
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Pittsburgh, PA
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a history buff you will no doubt like this place. It's full of period pieces, great storyboards, historical charm and provides a great sense of what living here during the late 18th century would have been like. After having toured John Paul Jones' tomb at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and getting a great history lesson there from... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Guide gave a brief introduction and then let us do self-guided tour of house where John Paul Jones boarded. Interesting additional exhibit about the signing in Portsmouth of the 1905 treaty to end the Russo-Japanese War.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

No - JPJ did not own this house - he simply stayed here while his new ship was being outfitted. But the upstairs descriptions of his life and times are wonderful - and even a bit controversial. Then there is a whole section on the Peace Treaty between Russia and Japan - who knew! A part of history never taught... More 

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Bayport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The name of this attraction is a little misleading. We thought that that JPJ lived there an extensive period of time either as a child or later on in life. We found out he only rented a room there while they were building a ship for him. However, i found it interesting to learn more about JPJ and his unique... More 

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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The house was not actually owned by JPJ, but, his having boarded there in addition to the historic style and nature of the home made it a worthwhile stop. They also have a very extensive collection of historical artifacts and documents from the Treaty of Portsmouth negotiations which was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed walking through the house and imagining... More 

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This is the home of the Portsmouth Historical Society. Once the structure was saved from demolition, a call went out to residents to donate items of historic interest to the area. So it is an eclectic collection of portraits and other artwork, furniture, and historic artifacts. You can spend as little or as long as you want since it is... More 

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Casselberry, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My wife and I came here while in town for a couple of days on vacation. I remembered a bit about JPJ from high school history, but it was fascinating to dig a bit more into his story..legend and historical facts. Definitely worth the $7 cost of admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Just drove by.....We didn't have time to stop since we were heading to Kennebunkport to see the Bush Compound.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Although small in comparison to other historic homes we have visited, I think this one was interesting because of the background of the house itself as well as the connection to other local people and events from previous centuries. There is a lot of variety inside and the docent was knowledgeable and helpful. I particularly liked the portraiture and the... More 

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campton, NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Being into colonial history I really liked it; my wife thought it was a little boring and small. Worth the visit though.

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