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Jackson House, Portsmouth

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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.
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  • 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...  more »
  • The Jackson House is closed for renovations. My cousin & I viewed a little of the inside, through the front window. It looks like it will be a wonderful experience, once completed. Stay Tuned...
  • Unspeakable amounts of history. To get a glimpse of what 1664 felt like is surreal. Can't wait to go back.

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