A National Historic Landmark open to the public since 1912
Upcoming Programs & Events
Celebration of Wreaths and Trees, Friday November 18, 5-8PM; Saturday November 19, 2-8PM, and Sunday November 20, 2-8PM. Admission $5, children under 12, FREE. Exhibitors receive free tickets!! Light refreshments. It is FREE to enter a wreath or tree! We now have more than 85 exhibitors! There are still 2 days left to join the fun! Space is limited, but we have room for one to two more large trees that can be shown outdoors (real trees are now available at Lowe's and Home Depot), and one to two small table top trees(artificial only, for display in the house). Call 603-436-8221 or 603-430-7968 if you are interested, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival Saturday, September 24, 12:00pm-2:00pm Free! No reservations necessary, but first come, first served
Join us for the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 2pm in our Warehouse. Come hear Mudhook and The Press Gang perform in our restored Warehouse, which has wonderful acoustics! The event is free and open to the public. For an updated schedule and more details, visit www.newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff
Are you curious about how auctions work? Are you interested in how museums and collectors build their collections? Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden museum guide Kristin Goodwillie has worked in both auction houses and historic house museums and will give a talk about how museums and collectors build and strengthen their collections by buying and selling at auction. Kristin worked for Ron Bourgeault at Northeast Auctions for seven years and specialized in appraisals. She has extensive experience in buying and selling antiques, paintings, and ceramics. After she retired, she began guiding at the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, giving tours to visitors from all over the world. Her depth of knowledge helps connect visitors to the pieces on display at the museum, giving a greater background of how the residents of the Moffatt-Ladd House interacted and used the items they left behind.
Just in time for Devin Moisan’s auction in Dover, Kristin will detail how the auction process works and at the end of her talk, we’ll go into the house and tour the first floor. A Portsmouth Federal-era sideboard, attributed to the firm Judkins and Senter, a recent acquisition at auction for the museum, will be highlighted. The public is invited to attend the talk for just $5 per adult.
New Hampshire Furniture Masters: Distinctive. Saturday July 30, 2016, 5-8PM. Tickets $10. Reserve at (603) 430-7968 or online at email@example.com.
The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden at 154 Market Street will host the
New Hampshire Furniture Masters (NHFM)
Reception and Exhibition on Saturday July 30, at 5:00 pm.
“This is a great opportunity for people to view outstanding furniture of the past through the eyes of some of the best furniture craftsmen working today, as well as see the masters’ own works and talk with them about the creative process” notes Moffatt-Ladd Director/Curator Barbara Ward. Masters Aurelio Bolognesi, Tim Coleman, Brian Sargent, Greg Brown, Richard Oedel, and Jeff Cooper will share their thoughts on their favorite pieces in the house’s collection, and present their own distinctive works at a reception in the Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse.The reception will feature refreshments provided by The Oar House Restaurant, Chill Catering, Hilton Garden Inn, Atlantic Grill, and Cava, as well as a cash bar. The reception and exhibition is sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company, Beth and Chuck Goss, and NAI Norwood Realty Group. Admission to the event is $10 per person. Reservations may be made in advance by calling (603) 430-7968, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1993 to build public awareness of New Hampshire's fine furniture makers, and to cultivate an audience for their goods closer to home, the Furniture Masters now enjoy a membership of more than two dozen craftsmen from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. The Furniture Masters have a strong educational component that includes the Prison Outreach Program in New Hampshire and Maine – in which members teach interested inmates how to create beautiful pieces of furniture. The Moffatt-Ladd House garden features three elegant curved wooden benches made in 2013 by an inmate at the prison workshop in Berlin, NH.
The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire. The museum interprets the history of the inhabitants of the house from 1763 through 1900 within the context of American, New Hampshire, and Portsmouth history, and is open seven days a week from mid-June through mid-October.
TALK & TASTE "Three Generations of Stirring the Pot," Wednesday August 6, 2014, 4PM Experience the history of the Moffatt-Ladd House one nibble at a time with historic foodways culinarian and museum guide Sandra Tarbox. Call (603) 430-7968 to reserve a spot, as space (and nibbles) are limited. $5 admission.
The 2014 Our Old House & Garden Festival celebrated the Moffatt-Ladd Garden with special presentations and activities for all ages. Visitors at this FREE festival had the opportunity to take self-guided tours of the house and speak with experts in the fields of decorative arts, art conservation, and historic preservation, and learn about historic recipes and cooking, and dressing in the 18th century. Activities in the garden included a flower-arranging demonstration, making your own pot-pourri, as well as selecting plants to purchase at our hierloom plant sale. There were also lots of activities for the kids!
2013 Focus Tour Series -- 4:30PM "Women of the Moffatt-Ladd House" June 20 "William Whipple and the Declaration of Independence." July 3 "Behind the Scenes: Preserving the Moffatt-Ladd House, a closer look at work in progress" July 25 "William Jones Ladd and the Civil War" Aug. 1 "Myths and Mysteries of the Moffatt-Ladd House" Aug. 22 "Kitchens and Cooking of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" Sept. 15 "Evolution of a Garden: the Moffatts, Ladds, and their Garden "Oasis." Oct. 4.
Please join us for our Garden Soiree on Sunday August 25, 2013 from 4-6:30PM. Tickets are $20 and include a special performance and food by Mombo, The Blue Mermaid, the Oar House and more! Funds raised from this event go toward our preservation projects and educational programs. Call (603) 430-7968 to reserve your tickets now.
Learning How to Fence
Pirate Camp! Friday August 2, 2013, 9Am - 4PM $70 for not-yet members; $60 for members* We suggest that parents accompany youngest children for the tour and activities aboard the gundalow Piscataqua (additional fee of $30 per adult).
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden Call for reservations: (603) 430-7968 Ages 5-9
Join us for a fun-filled day of pirate-themed crafts, activities, games, and sword-fighting! Campers will make bandanas, eye patches, flags, bracelets and necklaces, hunt for treasure, make marbleized paper, learn to write with a quill pen, make their own log book, and cruise Portsmouth harbor aboard the gundalow Piscataqua! Follow the routines of a sailor's or pirate's day and learn the basics of fencing (sword-fighting) with skilled instructors at our 18th century historic site.
To register or for more information, call Barbara Ward or Brielly Allen at (603) 430-7968 or send an email at email@example.com. Registration is open through 9AM Wednesday July 31, for the August 2 program.
* With a purchase of a Family membership in the Friends of the Moffatt-Ladd House. (Also includes families of NSCDA-NH members.) Ask for details when you register.
Please join us this Sunday for a special lecture in the Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse
Dinah Whipple: Freed Slave, Wife of Prince and “Teacher of the African Children”
Sunday June 23, 2013
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
154 Market Street, PortsmouthNH
The name of Dinah’s husband, Prince Whipple, is well known as the African man who was emancipated after accompanying his owner to fight in the Revolutionary War. Dinah Chase also had been enslaved up until the day she married Prince in 1781. This program is presented by Valerie Cunningham,founder of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and co-author with Mark Sammons of Black Portsmouth. Cunningham’s lecture describes Dinah’s world, first in New Castle as a slave, then as a freed married woman in Portsmouth, who became a teacher and community leader. The program is presented through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is suggested, as seating is limited. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to pre-register, call Barbara Ward or Brielly Allen at (603) 430-7968, or (603) 436-8221, or register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheMoffatt-Ladd House and Garden will celebrate the 250th birthday of the house on Saturday June 1, 2013, at the OUR Old House Festivalfrom 12:30-4:30, on the grounds of the museum at 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH. Staff, volunteers, and area experts will share workshops, demonstrations, and presentations throughout the house, garden, and Warehouse covering a wide range of subjects related to the history of house. Topics will include timber framing, window restoration, cabinetmaking, weaving, cooking, dining, caring for the museum's historic treees, stories of objects from Portsmouth's history, and more. this year we welcome members of the 10th Regiment of Foot, a re-created unit of the British Army, reenacting the lives of soldiers serving in the colonies in the years leading up to the Revolution, when the inhabitants of the Moffatt-Ladd House, although still British subjects, were becoming increasingly active in the Patriot cause. Family and children's activities, including making marbled paper, writing with a quill pen, face painting, fish printing, and mural painting will be ongoing throughout the festival. Browse the annual sale of heirloom plants taken directly from the museum's own colonial revival garden. The OUR Old House Festivalculminates with a free concert by Jeff Warner in the 18th-century Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse at 4:45PM. the concert is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Parking is available just steps away in the High-Hanover Street Parking Garage. This year's OUR Old House Festival is part of the Live Free and Play Seacoast Attractions Summer Kick-Off Weekend May 31-June 2. Be part of the celebration and Portsmouth and the NH Seacoast come alive for the summer season with a variety of discounts, offers, tours, activities, and festivals!
Friends of the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden membership information
Owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire