You have 1 trip in progress.   See all
Trip Planner:   USA  /  New Hampshire  /  Portsmouth  /  Jackson House

Jackson House, Portsmouth

3.8
#12 of 12 in Historic Sites in Portsmouth
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Create an itinerary including Jackson House
The Richard Jackson House is a historic house at 76 Northwest Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built in 1664 by Richard Jackson, it is the oldest wood-frame house in New Hampshire. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. It is now a historic house museum owned by Historic New England, and is open two Saturdays a month between June and October.
Richard Jackson was a woodworker, farmer, and mariner, and built the oldest portion of this house on his family's 25acre plot, located on an inlet off the Piscataqua River, north of Portsmouth's central business district. Jackson's house resembles English post-medieval prototypes, but is notably American in its extravagant use of wood. The house as first built consisted of a two story structure with two rooms on each floor, flanking a massive central chimney. Not long afterward, a leanto section was added to the rear (north side) of the house, which slopes nearly to the ground. Further single-story additions were made to the gable ends of the house, probably c. 1764.
The founder of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA, now Historic New England), William Sumner Appleton, acquired the house for SPNEA in 1924 from a member of the seventh generation of Jacksons to live there. Appleton undertook a restoration of the property, removing 19th century modifications, and providing the building with leaded diamond-pane windows of a type that it would have had in the 17th century.
A visit to Jackson House represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Portsmouth online trip planner to plot your vacation.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Jackson House reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
10 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • For most people American History starts in 1775, but the English had been living and thriving in what was to become American for 150 years prior to it being America. The Jackson house is a great... 
    For most people American History starts in 1775, but the English had been living and thriving in what was to become American for 150 years prior to it being America. The Jackson house is a great...  more »
  • Built in 1664, this is the oldest surving wood frame house in New Hampshire . It is open the first and third Saturday during the season (June to mid October). If you are into old homes, this is a... 
    Built in 1664, this is the oldest surving wood frame house in New Hampshire . It is open the first and third Saturday during the season (June to mid October). If you are into old homes, this is a...  more »
Google
  • Great historic house! It wasn’t open to tour inside, but I was still able to walk around the perimeter and get a clear view through the window as if I was inside. It was totally worth it. You don’t see many 1664 houses/buildings, so simply being around it is incredible. I definitely recommend checking out this incredible historic home.
  • Not open, but walked around this historic gem from 1664. Over 350 years old!! The surrounding homes are something to see as well.

Plan your trip to Portsmouth

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.