A National Historic Landmark open to the public since 1912
Upcoming Programs & Events
Harvesting History Saturday, October 21, 2017 11am to 3pm, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden FREE!
The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden will host the first ever “Harvesting History” fall festival on its grounds on October 21 from 11am to 3pm. This free festival celebrates the fall season with fun family activities such as pumpkin decorating, food trucks, garden talks with topics including tree care, herbs and their uses, essential oils and plant propagation.
Visitors can tour the museum and visit with demonstrators discussing life in a colonial house, furniture and painting restoration, hearth cooking, historic shoes, and more! Confirmed presenters include Hollis Brodrick of the Antiquarium, who will be on hand to talk about Fort William & Mary at New Castle in the Colonial Period, Kimberly Alexander, UNH Adjunct Professor & author of Georgian Shoe Stories from Early America, who will highlight historic shoes in our collection, and Evan Mallett of Stock & Spice and Black Trumpet, who will talk about the history of food preservation and will demonstrate pickling. Other presenters include Martha Cox of Great Works Painting Restoration, William Taylor, woodworker, Eric Wochholz of Strawbery Banke, and Sandra Rux and Jeff Hopper of the Warner House, among many others. Vendors include Moonlight Meadery, Churchill’s Gardens, the Blue Ocean Society, Seacoast Permaculture, the Governor’s Lilac & Wildflower Commission, Northeast Shade Tree, plus many more businesses and vendors who will be selling their fall products, jewelry, homemade soaps, and mums.
Save Those Wood Windows! Saturday, September 30, 2017 noon to 2:30pm
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden
154 Market St., Portsmouth
Do you live in an historic house with old windows that could use a little attention? Join us for an informative program presented by Jade Mortimer of Heartwood Window Restoration to learn why it's important to save wood windows, tips for the do-it-yourselfer and why preserving your old windows is the "green" alternative.
Studies show that windows are only associated with 10% of a building’s heat loss. Repairing and returning windows can often yield windows that are as efficient, or more efficient, than replacement windows, while avoiding disposal and the use of new products with relatively short life spans. Come learn why restoration of your historic windows is the “greener” choice and the best choice to retain the architectural character of your home.
Jade will offer examples of period windows and glass, and demonstrate the steps to a wood window restoration. Discussion will include current materials for improving energy efficiency, storm window options, and the benefits to savingyour old windows. Following the presentation, program participants will tour the Moffatt-Ladd House to see the historic windows recently restored by Jade.
Tickets: $15 for Moffatt-Ladd or NH Preservation Alliance members, $20 non-members, and $25 at the door.
For reservations and more information, call the NH Preservation Alliance at (603) 224-2281.
Garden Party and Silent Auction
Tickets are just Join us as we savor a summer evening at the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and raise funds for our Parlor Restoration Project. Come see the house, stroll in the garden, listen to the The Overtones NH, enjoy nibbles from Portsmouth area restaurants, and bid on unique treasures at our silent auction of unique treasures.
Tickets are just $25 per person for this lovely evening in one of Portsmouth's most enchanting gardens. To purchase tickets online by August 15, visit moffattladdgardenparty.brownpapertickets.com or call 603.430.7968. Please join us!
We are so grateful to our generous sponsors of this event:
Captain Seaborn will talk about her adventures under sail, extensive experience in sail training, and how PMC’s Sea Challenge program, sponsoring teens to a week at sea has potential to be a life-changing experience through teaching teamwork while increasing self-confidence.
Captain Seaborn has sailed Tall Ships, including Lady Washington, Gazela, Barkentine and Kaskelot. She is also a maritime archaeologist. Her work on archaeological projects include underwater diving excavations of pirate Blackbeard’s ship: Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort, North Carolina, Captain Kidd’s ship: Cara Merchant in the Dominican Republic and recording the hull shape of the 17th-century Royal warship, Vasa in Stockholm, Sweden. Captain Seaborn co-founded the non-profit organization Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program, which takes a hands-on training approach in maritime history and archaeology.
She received a Master’s degree in underwater archaeology and maritime history at East Carolina University. Her thesis focused on the seafaring women in the nineteenth century, which will soon be published as a book by Texas A&M University Press. She is currently working on her PhD in maritime history at the University of New Hampshire.
The Maritime Talk is set for Mon. Aug. 7, at 7:00 pm, at the Moffatt-Ladd House Warehouse, 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH. This program is free to members of the PMC and the Moffatt-Ladd House. A $5 donation is requested from nonmembers. Refreshments will be served. Call 603-430-7968 for reservations. No on-site parking is available.
New Hampshire Furniture Masters: Inspiration, Design, Technique: Revealing Masterpieces
Saturday, July 22, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden - 154 Market St. - Portsmouth, NH
Join us as we host the NH Furniture Masters discussing the Moffatt-Ladd collection & unveiling their own masterpieces.
Tickets $10.00 (Members Free) Space Limited
Please reserve tickets by calling (603) 430-7968 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3022992. All proceeds benefit Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Educational programs
Thank you to our sponsors: Cambridge Trust and Beth & Chuck Goss
For more information, go to News page and click on pdf icon for event press release
Heirloom Plant Sale, Free Open House, and Used Book Sale Sunday May 28, 2017
The sales begin at 10AM and continue until 4PM
The first floor of the House will be open for FREE self-guided tours from 1-3PM
"Life & Death in the Piscataqua" Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates annual Winter Symposium, Saturday March 4, 2017 at the St. John's Masonic Lodge, 351 Middle Street, Portsmouth. Doors open at 9:30 for continental breakfast. Talks begin at 10AM and the day concludes at 3PM. Program consists of 4 lectures and programming updates. Soup and bread lunch included and the soups are homemade on site especially for the program!
This year's lectures are: "A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, and German U-boats off Portsmouth in WWII" by Jim Craig' "Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture" by Gerry Ward; "Notable Denizens of Portsmouth's South Cemetery" by Richard Adams, and "The Queens of Hampton Beach: The History of the Carnival Queens & Miss Hampton Beach Beauty Pageant, 1915-2015," by Karen Raynes. For more on our speakers, visit the PHSA facebook page -- Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates.
Cost is $15 per person if you reserve before 4PM on Friday March 3. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call (603) 436-8221 or email us at email@example.com for reservations. Make checks payable to PHSA and mail to: PHSA Symposium, 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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