The garden may be rented for functions and is a particularly lovely setting for weddings, wedding receptions, anniversary parties, etc. For more pictures of the garden, please scroll down or view our garden page. Please take a look at our FAQ section below, which will hopefully answer many of your initial questions.
The Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse is available for rentals, including weddings, cocktails, and other parties, meetings, lectures, and presentations. The building can accommodate up to 90 people standing and approximately 50 people seated. We also have AV equipment available to use for your presentation needs. Please take a look at our FAQ section below, which will hopefully answer many of your initial questions.
A site visit is strongly recommended; reservations are required for site visits. Please reach out to Stacy with well enough notice to book your appointment. We cannot accommodate those who simply show up. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please do not fill out any form and send in payment without corresponding with our events coordinator first. Reservations are not valid until the Events Coordinator has given confirmation.
What is your capacity?
As of winter 2022, can now only accommodate fewer than 100 people under a tent per the City of Portsmouth Fire Department, although that number can be less depending on equipment and vendors (caterer’s needs, bands, etc.) for each wedding/reception. For ceremonies, our garden can accommodate up to 125 without a tent. HOWEVER, in the event of rain, our indoor facility (the Warehouse) can only fit a maximum of 100 guests.
Are you open all year round?
All of our events are outdoors and therefore weather dependent/seasonal. Typically, the garden is at its best mid-May to mid-October.
What are your rates?
We charge an hourly rate which must include set up and break down time. A minimum of two hours rental is required. Please remember to factor in this extra time into your total rental.
What does my rental include?
We only provide the space. All outside contractors such as caterers, tent rentals/chairs, florists, photographers, performers are the responsibility of the renter and must be approved in advance.
What happens if it rains the day of my event?
We do not refund for inclement weather. However, we offer the Warehouse as a backup space, free of charge with a capacity of 110.
Is the garden available for photography sessions?
Yes, the outdoor space is available for photography sessions for a fee of $100 per hour (rate applies to photography-only sessions). These sessions must be reserved at least one week in advance and they are subject to availability.
We are an historic house museum, open to the public, owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire, and therefore have more restrictions than other venues. Our first priority is historic preservation and may not fit every renter’s vision.