In 1807 James Rundlet, a prosperous Portsmouth merchant, purchased a very large piece of land in what would soon become a prime residential part of town. Both land and the house he built there were public displays of his prosperity and importance, as well as personal delights for him and his wife, and the four generations who lived here.
The house as available for tour now shows not only his wealth and good taste in selecting excellent design and furnishings, but also the ways in which succeeding generations modified the home to suit contemporary tastes, while preserving what already existed.
Of particular importance is a large selection of Portsmouth furniture. Portsmouth was a major center for manufacturing fine furniture, rivaling Philadelphia and New York. There are several excellent pieces demonstrating the hallmark Portsmouth inlay work on display.
The house is a gem, and well worth your time for touring. It is a short walk from the main business/restaurant section of Portsmouth, and from town parking lots and garages.
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