We visited three historic homes in Portsmouth in one day, and this was by far our favorite. The house itself is interesting, along with the beautiful gardens. But what makes the property so special is that the family left the house with all of its furnishings, many of them original to the early 19th c property. If you visit a lot of period home museums, you will know how unusual this is. Some of the rooms have original wallpaper, now over 200 years old. The many portraits in the house tell an interesting story of who lived there, and their relatives. The home is filled with locally made early formal furniture, with extravagant use of wood veneers. We hope to return to the Rundlet-May house when a more detailed tour of the furnishings is offered.
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