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Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

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Address: 154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 16034368221
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Originally built for a wealthy merchant family, and later the residence of...

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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Journey back in time at the Moffatt-Ladd House

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. She regaled us with family stories about the different generations of the Moffatt family and descendants. She also provided a lot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. She regaled us with family stories about the different generations of the Moffatt family and descendants. She also provided a lot of details about the architecture and furnishings in the house. The terraced gardens, which were designed and planted by Alexander Hamilton Ladd, the last family member to live there, are just as... More 

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Poplarville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of history about the owners of the house, for me almost too much. Interesting, the foyer was nice, but the rest of the architecture was not as impressive as some I've seen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most fascinating aspect of this house is that several generations of the same family have occupied it. Visitors are given a personal tour and our guide was able to convey what it must have been like for the people who occupied this mansion, from the unheated entry room to the top floor that the children and slaves occupied.

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Jackson, NJ 08527
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the Moffat Ladd House was a nice way to see how life was back in the 1800s. House was beautiful. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Great tour. Wonderful gardens.

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Smithfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended this stop by folks at the Discover Portsmouth Visitor Center. Remember to bring cash! No cards here. Staff was friendly and inviting and the house was interesting. A very typical house museum, which is great if you’re into that. Would have liked to have heard a bit more about restorations of the structure and anything notable about... More 

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Dansville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

How cool is it but to walk in the footsteps of someone that signed the Declaration of Independence! Our guide, Kaitlyn was very knowledgable and friendly. Definitely worth the time spent!

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dayton, oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The house was very impressive. Built in 1700's it is very well preserved. The guide was very knowledge and friendly. We really enjoyed this tour.

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Lake Grove, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Our visit to the Moffatt Ladd House was unintentional, as we stumbled upon the property as we walked around Portsmouth. Deciding to visit the house was among the best decisions of our vacation! We were fortunate to have Lauren as our guide though the home, and her descriptions of the family relationships as well as the property itself were fascinating.... More 

Thank John S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We showed up right when it opened on the Friday before the 4th of July. Our personalized tour was great, and we learned a lot about the house, its history and the people who made it a special place. Be sure to check out the beautiful gardens surrounding the house and the awesome views out of all the windows. The... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

This is a nice place to visit in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom. The home is beautiful and well maintained. The history is always interesting.

Thank Frank D

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