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Address: 43 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4302
Phone Number: 603-436-8420
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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This house was built many, many years ago and it was interesting to walk thru "at your own pace". Also, it was inexpensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
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Oak Hill
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

John Paul Jones stayed here when his ship was being refitted at the nearby shipyard. The house has little original furniture but several very interesting exhibits including a wonderful collection of old samplers and a display on the role of Portsmouth in the 1905 Russo Japanese peace treaty.

Thank N5533SHglennm
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This house was built many, many years ago and it was interesting to walk thru "at your own pace". Also, it was inexpensive.

Thank John B
Cary, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

If you are a history buff or a china collector, this would be an excellent museum for you to visit. Interesting history on John Paul Jones and the peace treaty of Portsmouth ending the Russo-Japanese War. Displays are very good. A worthwhile stop.

Thank Deborah S
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Right in the center of Portsmouth and across from the Discover Portsmouth Center, the JPJ house is a great place to stop and see/learn about Portsmouth citizens' life in the 1700-1800's. Also includes exhibits focused on John Paul Jones and the story behind the Portsmouth Treaty which ended the Japanese/Russian war in 1905. Even the kids will enjoy a scavenger... More 

1 Thank Beth J
Blairstown, New Jersey
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132 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I was saddened to see the condition of this house that JPJ rented a boarding room in while his ship was being outfitted. It presents very poorly from the outside - peeling paint and distressed wood - very sad.

Thank DocRKS
Pittsburgh, PA
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140 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

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 

1 Thank marsguy
Williamsburg, VA
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank sweet_2th
Indianapolis, Indiana
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213 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank NewillDB
Bayport, New York
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

2 Thank BayrunrOld
Middletown, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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 

Thank MiddletownDave

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