Pierce Manse

Pierce Manse, Concord: Address, Phone Number, Pierce Manse Reviews: 4.5/5

Pierce Manse
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Greek Revival home once owned by former President Franklin Pierce.
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Tamba5
New England216 contributions
Oct 2021
We really enjoyed ourselves from the moment we were welcomed by the fun ladies (Julie and Jane) in the gift shop to the moment we left.We sat and watched the short movie which gave a brief overview. We then had a great tour with Julie who was both informative and funny.

The house holds many treasures belonging to the family. Several items Pierce brought to the white house.

Highly recommend!
Written October 4, 2021
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Film G
New England823 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We had an excellent tour by the cheerful, energetic docents. Many family items remain and the house itself is in excellent condition. Plus the docents are well informed and happy to answer questions. You also get a clearer sense of President Pierce, and his times. Though history has not treated him kindly, we got a better, more balanced view from our tour. Assume an hour for the tour. Large, clean toilet. Easy parking. Very close to the state capitol. Lots of care has gone into the preservation of the house and contents, with professional displays.
Written September 18, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Jun 2021
We drove 2 miles north from our Fairfield Inn Hotel to visit this house. It sits on the water of Horseshoe Pond, an expired loop of the Merrimack River. There are other historic homes coming down one block from here on the short North Main St, including the house where the 1st session of the Concord Legislature was held in 1782.
Written June 20, 2021
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BearTraveler69
Santiago, Chile312 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The house is where Franklin Pierce and his wife lived before his rise to the presidency. Many of the furnishing and artifacts are originals, having been preserved by the Pierce family since Franklin Piece’s death. There is a mini museum that has a number of interesting artifacts and signage describing aspects of his life and career. Then a docent leads you on a tour of the house. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and provided many insights into little known stories about the president and the people he befriended, particularly Nathaniel Hawthorne. His Presidential term was presented fairly without being overly favorable nor unfairly critical, but presented through the lens of the time and not based on our current beliefs. Definitely worth a visit.
Written July 31, 2019
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DFerg1961
Ohio52 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The home of the 14th president of the United States (1853-57) with a look at the home and Pierce's turbulent presidency. A place worth visiting for sure and then make sure to stop by Pierce's birthplace and his family tomb.
Written July 18, 2019
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161945
West Orange, NJ90 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
The Pierce Manse is worth a visit. Check the days and dates that it is open, since visiting times are irregular. The home is maintained by a private group of people who aim to protect and promote the presidency of Franklin Pierce, a man some historians consider one of the worst U.S. Presidents. His defenders at the site are willing to suggest other candidates for "the worst," such as Van Buren.

At any rate, the home is worth a visit. The building was moved to the current site and has been altered a bit, as the docents will explain. Some of the artifacts and furniture are original to the Pierce family and the house, and others are simply from the era. Some are reproductions, such as presidential china on display.

Our docent was reasonably knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Pierce but had some facts wrong, such as the circumstances of one of his children's death. She said it was in a carriage accident, but we found out in a reputable source that he died in a train accident in a very gruesome manner that I will not repeat here. She did describe it accurately. It is a sad fact that all three of his children died, and his wife became severely depressed and died a few years later. Pierce became an alcoholic, which our guide justified, saying, "He died of cirrhosis of the liver, and I would have died that way too if all those things had happened to me."

The docent glossed over some of the problems with Pierce's presidency and painted a rosier picture of his tenure than he probably deserves, claiming that he achieved four of the five goals he established in his inaugural address. The one he failed to achieve just happened to be ending slavery (to his credit, Pierce was an abolitionist). But, as the docent, quipped, "Well, who could do anything about that anyway?"

I found the tour a bit "granular" as the guide pointed out and demonstrated numerous utensils and objects. I could have done without the demonstration of the apple corer with a wooden apple. But I digress.

As you can tell from the tone of this review, I found a certain amusement in a tour by Pierce apologists.

Nevertheless, I give the Pierce Brigade a lot of credit for maintaining the site and the memory of the 14th President, their native son. They are a dedicated bunch, and I recognize how hard it is to maintain a historic site on a small budget with a volunteer corps. So I probably rated the site a notch above what I really thought of it because of the esprit de corps the Brigade demonstrated. I applaud them for their effort.
Written October 12, 2017
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Tim S
Olmito, TX138 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
A must for history lovers and people following the Presidential trail. A nice tour and well done. Hours are a bit limited which makes scheduling hard. The word manse makes it difficult for many to know what this site is about
Written September 12, 2017
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Jane R
Melbourne, Australia83 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. A lot of original Pierce belongings in a well restored home.
Written August 29, 2017
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newways
bennington vermont146 contributions
Jul 2017 • Business
The Friends of Pierce Mansion saved this historical landmark from ruin, moved it to current location, refurbished it and maintain it for tours and special events. The Docent Led tour was filled with interesting information about the President, his family, the home, and the town of Concord I loved being able to see the President's personal belongings in such an intimate and upclose way.
Written August 22, 2017
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suzyq127
Estero, FL130 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Our tour guide was excellent! He was a wealth of information about Franklin Pierce, our 14th President as well as historical facts about Concord. The house contains many items that belonged to the Pierce family. Very informative!
Written August 19, 2017
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