Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site, Hillsborough

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The Franklin Pierce Homestead is a historic house museum and state park located in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. It was the childhood home of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.
The house is located on the east side of Washington Road, about 100 yards north of its intersection with New Hampshire Route 9, on a 13acre property in the Lower Village area of Hillsborough. It is a two-story hip-roofed wood frame structure whose main block was built in 1804. There are two entries, one on the west facade and one on the south facade. Both are topped by five-light transom windows, and flanked by pilasters which support an entablature and triangular pediment. A two-story wing was added to the rear of the house, probably later in the 19th century. Attached to this wing are a small wellhouse, and a single-story shed connecting the house to a gable-roofed barn.
The interior of the main block has four rooms in the first floor, organized around a central hall and stairs. The parlor is to the left, and the dining room to the right. The kitchen is behind the dining room, and the master bedroom is behind the parlor. On the second floor, the front of the house is taken up by a full-width ballroom, while the back has two bedrooms, each with a dressing room. All of the rooms of the main block were originally decorated with stenciling, some of which has survived. The wing contains a kitchen and laundry below, and bedrooms above. Later owners moved a barn to adjoin the house, removed the front yard fence, and added a porch, which was removed by 1929. Plan your visit to Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hillsborough online visit planner.
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  • Wonderful tour as described in many reviews. Our GPS took us to a different location about 20 minutes away. The impression we got from the State Park website did not do justice to the fascinating... 
    Wonderful tour as described in many reviews. Our GPS took us to a different location about 20 minutes away. The impression we got from the State Park website did not do justice to the fascinating...  more »
  • I enjoy visiting Presidential home sites. This one was really nice. Sue our tour guide was very nice, and informative. We are from Michigan and she even told us about the Pierces family connection to....  more
    I enjoy visiting Presidential home sites. This one was really nice. Sue our tour guide was very nice, and informative. We are from Michigan and she even told us about the Pierces family connection to....  more »
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  • My husband and I have a bucket list to visit all the president's homes. This home was one of our favorite tours. We had an exceptionally knowledgeable tour guide who gave us an almost one and a half hour tour. We took our 9 and 6-year-old and they both really enjoyed all the information as well. The house is well maintained and there is a lot of interesting history here. They have a small gift shop. We bought our tickets in advance online which was an easy process.
  • Wonderful customer service! Our tour guide was a super tall, athletic man named Adam and he was really knowledgeable. You can tell he has a passion for history. Has the demeanor of a true Leo. Would recommend this tour to anyone who cares about American ancestries.

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