Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site, Hillsborough

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.
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  • The home and the Pierce family came alive through the young interpreter’s voice, energy, and stories. She connected the family to today. We learned of the president, father, and siblings. This was one...  more »
  • A nicely done tour on the home where future president Franklin Pierce lived in his early years. The tour guide was very, very, well versed on Pierce's political career and this home (owned by Benjamin...  more »
  • Beautiful historical home. (I LOVE old architecture.) The tour guide, Sara, was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Definitely worth a visit.
  • I loved visiting this house. The tour guide was swift & knowledgeable. So interesting. They've done an excellent job of restoration.

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