Oldest House in New Hampshire


Have you ever wondered where the oldest existing house in New Hampshire is?  Wonder no more!  It’s right here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The National Historic Landmark is called Jackson House and dates back to around 1664.  We didn’t even declare independence until more than 100 years later.  That’s really old.


You can visit the House


According to historicnewengland.org you can visit Jackson House and check out more about local history.  The Jackson House is open on the First and third Saturdays July 3 through October 2 according to their website.  Buy tickets online if you wish to visit.  The Jackson House is observing safety precautions for COVID-19 so come prepared with a mask and stay socially distanced for your tour.


Preserving History


The founder of the Historic New England, William Sumner Appleton took possession of the house back in 1924 from a seventh-generation member of the Jackson family to have lived there.  While the house was originally built around 1664 by Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner, it was expanded to accommodate the ever-growing generations of the Jackson family.  If you take the tour, you can learn the history of the house and the meaning of each addition.  It was modified slightly according to the history of homes that were built in that area at that time.  It’s great to see history come alive.  I have taken a walking history tour in Portsmouth and I learned so much about the area.  I haven’t visited the Jackson House yet, but I want to see it soon.  I wonder if it is haunted.

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