A National Historic Landmark open to the public since 1912
Welcome! The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden (1763) is a National Historic Landmark which celebrated its 250th birthday in 2013. The house has been an historic house museum for more than 100 years, having first opened its doors to the public in June of 1912. One of America's finest Georgian mansions, the house was built for merchant John Moffatt between 1760 and 1763. During the Revolution, it was the home of General William Whipple, one of New Hampshire's three signers of the Declaration of Independence and his wife Katharine Moffatt Whipple. In 1817 the house passed to John Moffatt's great granddaughter, Maria Tufton Haven Ladd. Her son, Alexander Hamilton Ladd, lived in the house from 1862 until his death in 1900. The house is furnished to showcase its original features and to reflect its use as a private home from 1763 through 1900. (See History for more information on architectural features, furnishings, and the lives of the house's occupants, both enslaved and free.)
Tours begin Monday June 1, 2015, and continue every day through Sunday October 18, 2015.
Please check our calendar page for special events and hours.
If you are interested in booking an event or wedding, group tour, or would like to know more about our programs, please call the office at (603) 430-7968 or (603) 436-8221. See our Visit and Contact Information page for email addresses, and Wedding and Rentals page for rental information and prices. Arrangements can be made for special group tours, programs, and rentals from April through November. Please contact the office to make your reservation, or to determine if a specific date is available.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our First-everCelebration of Wreaths and Trees at the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden
The weekend before Thanksgiving, the Moffatt-Ladd House, Garden, and Warehouse were transformed by the wonderful wreaths and trees submitted by our neighbors and friends throughout the Seacoast.Thank you so much to the more than 50 businesses, organizations, and individuals who contributed to this event, which enabled us to raise more than $2,000 for our children’s events and school and youth programs.We also would like to thank our sponsor, Diane Silva Realty & Associates, and our in-kind donors Blue Mermaid, Churchill Gardens, Hayden Tractor, Lang’s Landscaping, Lindt Chocolates, and the USS Albacore Marine Park.For those seeking inspiration for holiday decorations, we have posted a full gallery of the many creative entries on the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden Facebook page. To the many community members who came forward to volunteer for the event, enduring the cold and the wind -- we cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate your help and your support.We have made many new – and we hope, lasting – friends. And thank you to visitors who voted for their favorite wreaths and trees.We have tallied the votes, and -- the Piscataqua Maritime Commission was the winning wreath, with second place going to Beach Pea Baking Company for its bread wreath, third place to Flowers by Leslie, and fourth place to the Oar House’s unusual rectangular wreath.The Blue Ocean Society’s wreath made from fishline cleaned up along area beaches, and the PPMTV wreath made of cables and clamps also received a great deal of attention from visitors.Most popular among the tabletop trees were Strawbery Banke’s Victorian tree (featured during Candlelight Stroll weekends in Dec.), the Women’s City Club tree with celebrating the club’s history, and the ornament-laden tree from Celtic Crossing.In the large tree category the winner was the stunning dried flower tree created by the Moffatt-Ladd Garden Committee, with “Flown the Coop” by Ambrosia Gardenssecond, and the tree honoring servicemen in the military by Marla Podszus in third.Other big vote-getters were the trees by Northway Bank and Vanity Hair Studios. The Rockingham Community Action “Giving Tree” invited visitors to selecta personalized ornament to make a child’s holiday wishes come true. ALL of the trees and wreaths had their admirers! Among them were the squirrels (very much alive) who were delighted by the treats on the tree “For Our Animal Friends.”The star of the show for many was the Whipple Horse Chestnut, with the hauntingly beautiful light display created by Northeast Shade Tree.The lights will remain as long as the squirrels who inhabit the tree allow them to – we hope throughout the holiday season.
Thank you to everyone for your donations and support of the 2014 Benefit Soiree
We had a wonderful evening for our Benefit Soiree
We would like to thank all of our donors for their generous support
Beach Pea Baking Company, Blue Mermaid Island Grille, Ceres Bakery, Oar House Restaurant, Portsmouth Gas Light Company, Rudi’sPortsmouth, Seaport Fish, Surf Sushi, The District.
Auction Item Donors:
Anneke Jans,Anonymous, Lisa Arbogast, Nancy and David Borden, Cheryl Cullimore, Escape & Rejuvenate Massage and Spa, Gundalow Company, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Portsmouth, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Kennedy Gallery and Custom Framing, Kilwin’s, Iain MacKenzie Woodworking, New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Orleans Waterfront Inn, Pickwick’s Mercantile, Piscataqua Fine Arts, Portsmouth Eats, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Smuttynose Brewery, Strawbery Banke Museum, William C. Taylor Fine Woodworking, The Colonial Table, The Music Hall, Portsmouth, Tree House Toys, Gerald and Barbara Ward, White Apron Café.
Keith Mascoll as Prince Whipple
Thank you to 2014 Our Old House Festival Sponsors, Presenters, and Volunteers!
We had a wonderful day for the Our Old House & Garden Festival on Saturday June 7, with displays and presentations by seventeen organizations and individuals. The Heirloom Plant Sale was a great success, and the concert by Two Old Friends was a terrific way to end the day!
Thank you to all of our wonderful presenters and volunteers, and especially to our sponsors: Tree House Toys, EPort Wood Products, Granite State Minerals, NBT Bank, Aland Realty Group, Peoples' United Bank, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Rolling Greeen Nursery, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, York Insurance Agency, Hilton Garden Inn, Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown, Atlantic Media, Springer's Jewelers, Spectrum by Design, Izzy's Premium Frozen Yogurt, Blue Moss, and in-kind donations by Jardiniere Flowers, Blue Mermaid island Grill, and Marshall Tent and Event Rental.
The site is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire (NSCDA-NH). Founded in 1891, NSCDA is a women's organization dedicated to educating the public about American history. More than 80 properties nationwide are affiliated with NSCDA and its state societies.
Owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire