Rundlet-May House

Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Rundlet-May House Reviews: 4.5/5

Rundlet-May House
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA857 contributions
Worth the time to view
Oct 2019
Like many of the houses in Portsmouth, this has its history and colonial presence. It is worth a stop and time.
Written January 6, 2020
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Wombat27_11
Brattleboro, VT199 contributions
A Must-see Gem!
Oct 2017 • Couples
In 1807 James Rundlet, a prosperous Portsmouth merchant, purchased a very large piece of land in what would soon become a prime residential part of town. Both land and the house he built there were public displays of his prosperity and importance, as well as personal delights for him and his wife, and the four generations who lived here.

The house as available for tour now shows not only his wealth and good taste in selecting excellent design and furnishings, but also the ways in which succeeding generations modified the home to suit contemporary tastes, while preserving what already existed.

Of particular importance is a large selection of Portsmouth furniture. Portsmouth was a major center for manufacturing fine furniture, rivaling Philadelphia and New York. There are several excellent pieces demonstrating the hallmark Portsmouth inlay work on display.

The house is a gem, and well worth your time for touring. It is a short walk from the main business/restaurant section of Portsmouth, and from town parking lots and garages.
Written October 15, 2017
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Herb M
Rockport, MA362 contributions
A rare combination of a beautiful period home with its original furnishings.
Oct 2017 • Friends
We visited three historic homes in Portsmouth in one day, and this was by far our favorite. The house itself is interesting, along with the beautiful gardens. But what makes the property so special is that the family left the house with all of its furnishings, many of them original to the early 19th c property. If you visit a lot of period home museums, you will know how unusual this is. Some of the rooms have original wallpaper, now over 200 years old. The many portraits in the house tell an interesting story of who lived there, and their relatives. The home is filled with locally made early formal furniture, with extravagant use of wood veneers. We hope to return to the Rundlet-May house when a more detailed tour of the furnishings is offered.
Written October 8, 2017
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,948 contributions
An 1807 house with modern conveniences
Sep 2017
The Rundlet-May House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a historic house museum at is particularly significant because it is a well-preserved example of a high-end Federal style mansion and, even more importantly, is noted for its well-documented details of its construction and craftsmanship and latest technologies. Built in 1807 by James Rundlet, who acquired his wealth in the textile trade, the house is located at 364 Middle Street, in what is now a predominantly residential area south of downtown Portsmouth. A three-story wood frame structure, it is topped by a low-pitch hip roof surrounded by a wooden balustrade, finished in wooden clapboards, has four chimneys and features a main facade that is five bays wide with a center entrance framed by sidelights and a fanlight. Rundlet imported his wallpapers from England and purchased his furniture from local cabinetmakers. Most of all, he saw to it that his house was equipped with the latest technologies, including a Rumford roaster and Rumford range in the kitchen, an elaborate venting system that services a smoke room on the third floor, an early coal-fired central heating system and an indoor well. Ralph May, a descendant of Rundlet, gave the property to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The house contains many of its original furnishings. In addition, there are formal gardens, an orchard and attached outbuildings, even a small pet cemetery.
Written October 2, 2017
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NHjo
Saco, ME3,074 contributions
Beautiful historic house to tour!
Jun 2015 • Family
This is only one of many historic homes in the city, and it's one of the better ones. The period furniture is beautiful, as is the decor. It also has lovely gardens and lawns. It's a short walk from Market Square, and worth every step.
Written February 4, 2016
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Irishmom4
Haverhill, MA124 contributions
Not to be missed...
Jun 2015 • Couples
If you enjoy American history, please take time to visit this home. We were staying downtown & were able to walk there easily plus got to see more of Portsmouth. Lovely old home with a great story!
Written June 21, 2015
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greg t
Toronto, Canada115 contributions
This place deserves more attention
Jul 2014 • Couples
There are only limited visiting days.However, it is very close to central Portsmouth and well worth the minor inconvenience.
Owned by members of the same family and given intact, it presents a snap shot of their lives over many years.
The furniture was bought for the house, with some additions.
There is a fascinating collection of items conceived by the famous Mr. Rumford.
A cultural history bonanza.
Written September 2, 2014
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betsy r
Portsmouth, NH26 contributions
Hugh house tour
Apr 2014 • Friends
This was another wonderful house tour, with informed staff and furnished with charm. Its right in town and you really get a feel for the time period when Portsmouth was a booming port city. One of many great houses to visit in town.
Written April 15, 2014
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GreatExpectations01
Boston, MA37 contributions
A Gem - Hard to see, but well worth it
Sep 2012 • Couples
It is really hard to get to see the Rundlett-May house as it is open infrequently - only the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from June through October. However, this house is really a treasure. It is an authentic home that was occupied by members of the same family from colonial times into the 20th century. The house is wonderfully preserved, and the gardens are amazing. The tour of the house takes an hour, and allow a little time to walk around outside as well. It is located a short walk from downtown Portsmouth. The organization that owns the house owns several other houses in the Portsmouth area including the Governor Langdon mansion - we bought a membership and have seen 3 of their properties so far. If you love historic homes, it is worth the extra cost.
This is not suitable for small children - or for people who have trouble with stairs.
Written September 18, 2012
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Charles U
Sarasota, FL82 contributions
Worth a tour
Apr 2012 • Couples
This house is often closed but hang in thereastshis is a interesting House tour of one of Portsmouth's early families. The historic info is good and improving.
Written April 22, 2012
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