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John Paul Jones House

43 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-8420
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Ranked #13 of 29 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It is worth a look, have change for street parking. He did not own this house, just stayed here. My lady enjoyed the early American and Canadian maps, because she was from the area in Canada. I enjoyed to models, and correspondence.

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St-Bernard-de-Lacolle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My friend and I had this place to ourselves while we toured. It's a big house that gives you the history of Portsmouth with rooms full of period furniture and other objects. There's a special room just for John Paul Jones with a lift-sized mannequin of Jones sitting in a chair. I learned a fair bit about Mr Jones that... More

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DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The staff is very knowledgeable the home is lovely, and it was interesting. The display about the Japanese Russian peace talks with Theodore Roosevelt were so informative. It made a nice hour visit. Right downtown and easy to walk to from our hotel. There is a nice museum shop.

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was not actually John Paul Jones' house but a boarding house where he lived for a while while one of his ships was being built. I didn't know much about him, and feel like I learned a lot about him. The house was ok, not great. My favorite part though was the information about the part Theodore Roosevelt had... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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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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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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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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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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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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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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