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Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3730
+1 603-436-8221
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The home of one of New England's wealthiest men

This is how the richest men in America lived in the 1700s, before the antebellum era in the South... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
A must see - the history is amazing!

My husband and I took this tour, and were quite amazed by the history. The gardens are beautiful... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
thinair6
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Connecticut
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Originally built for a wealthy merchant family, and later the residence of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, this splendid home features an elegant 18th-century garden, interesting carvings and much of the original furniture.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3730
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is how the richest men in America lived in the 1700s, before the antebellum era in the South and the Gilded Age. The Moffatt-Ladd House, also known as the William Whipple House, was built in 1763 by John Moffatt, one of the wealthiest men...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden. We're so pleased you really absorbed a lot of the history of the property and family, and have a great appreciation for it! Thank you for visiting us and please come...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

My husband and I took this tour, and were quite amazed by the history. The gardens are beautiful. The home is currently owned and maintained by the The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. The home contains several original pieces of furniture, and...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Moffatt-Ladd House, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope you'll come back and visit us again sometime!

Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Thank you Joan for giving my husband and me an excellent tour. Fantastic history and explanation of a time gone by. Beautiful gardens to sit in after hearing the story of Hamilton Ladd. The gigantic horse chestnut tree planted in 1776 is a marvel to...More

Thank jan c
Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for visiting us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time here and we love Joan, too! Please come back and see us again another time.

Reviewed 19 August 2017

This was a very nice tour for a very reasonable price. We learned a lot about the merchant family in Portsmouth that built this home and it was so nice to have a such a personal tour. We had a small group and it felt...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience at the Moffatt-Ladd House and for giving us such a kind review. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit! We hope you'll visit us again in the future.

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great tour of this 300 year old house which has been beautifully restored. The docent (Joan) was incredibly knowledgeable and answered all our questions. There is lots of period furniture, some original to the house. The gardens are beautiful too. The tour...More

Thank Lisa W
Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience at the Moffatt-Ladd House and we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back and visit us again some time.

Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I may well be biased. But what an interesting visit. The gardens are beautiful. The house is grand but by today's standards small. These were shippers, merchants and involved in the West Indian trade. Slavery very much existed in the north and in Portsmouth and...More

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Moffattladd, Assisrant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for such a kind review, and we're so glad you enjoyed your visit. It sounds like you had a good discussion with your guide and we're so glad you appreciate the true history we strive to tell. Please come back to visit us...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Probably the best house and garden tour my husband and I have taken. The gardens are magnificent and 100% true of the times. The home is maintained by the Historic Dames and is large and beautiful. The tour was 1 hour long and covered the...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words! We have to agree that we're one of the best historic houses! ;) Thank you for visiting and we hope you'll come back to visit again in the future.

Reviewed 5 August 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful tour of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden. Our docent was very informative and clearly communicated her love of the house and its history. This was our favorite historic home that we visited in Portsmouth. Well worth the price...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

We are so pleased to hear you and your husband had a great experience at the Moffatt-Ladd House! Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor and for sharing your thoughts on the museum. Please come back and visit us again in...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Definitely check this place out. Neat stuff! The gardens are beautiful, and the history is worth hearing about.

Thank k9riot
Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor and for sharing your thoughts on the museum. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Please come back and visit us again in the future!

Reviewed 21 July 2017

This historical home was almost passed by. It is part of the Black Heritage Trail which has many similar plaques throughout downtown Portsmouth. Each location tells a different story. This particular house had interesting history and beautiful gardens. There is a small museum gift shop...More

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Moffattladd, Assistant Curator at Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor and for sharing your thoughts on the museum. Please come back and visit us again in the future!

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Response from jan c | Reviewed this property |
No. There are three floors with no way to get to the top other than climbing stairs.
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