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Twilight Tour - Friday, August 5, 2022

4pm to 8pm at 9 historic sites downtown Portsmouth

Advance tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children. $25 for adults, $10 for children day of

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For the first time since 2019, the Portsmouth Historic Sites Association will
hold its popular Twilight Tour this year, on Friday, August 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours are
extended this year to allow time to visit the expanded roster of sites. Come see what’s new at
each organization—including new exhibitions, new displays, new acquisitions, and new
research. Our members have been busy behind the scenes and have much to share after the
pandemic-induced hiatus!  Please note this is a completely self-guided tour.
Among the highlights this year:

  • “Heavy Metal: Base Metal Ware in America, 1550–1850,” a major loan exhibition at
    Warner House.

  • A treasure trove of John Paul Jones memorabilia recently given by Dr. and Mrs. James C.
    Bradford is on view at the John Paul Jones House.

  • A newly restored parlor of the 1760s-1770s at the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden.

  • At Historic New England’s John Langdon House, learn about new research focusing on
    Gov. John Langdon, Cyrus Bruce, and other members of the Portsmouth community.

  • At the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, a stunning new installation of reproduction
    eighteenth-century flocked wallpaper and learn about its manufacture and installation.

  • At the Black Heritage Trail of NH, an exhibition about Rock Rest, the famous summer
    guest house for Black travelers operated by Hazel and Clayton Sinclair in Kittery.

  • The Portsmouth Athenaeum will open a new loan exhibition devoted to maritime painter
    and writer George S. Wasson (1855-1912) of Kittery.

  • The Gov. Goodwin Mansion at Strawbery Banke Museum, a Victorian masterpiece, will
    be open for the evening.

  • The Wentworth-Gardner House has an exhibition on “Repurposing Portsmouth,”
    examining how historic architecture has been adapted for new uses over time.

Again, this is a self-guided tour.  Visitors may start and end in any order they wish.  Transportation is not provided; visitors must find their own parking and transport themselves on their own.  Most sites are within walking distance.  For more info or to purchase tickets with cash or check, call Stephanie Hewson at (603) 430-7968 at the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden.

Historic Sites

(please check each site for their seasonal hours as they change year to year)

Black Hertiage Trail of New Hampshire

Governor John Langdon House

Gundalow "Piscataqua"

Jackson House

John Paul Jones House Museum (Discover Portsmouth open through Dec 23)

Moffatt-Ladd House & Gardens

Portsmouth Athenaeum

Rundlet-May House

Strawbery Banke Museum  (historic houses, May 1-Oct 31)

Wentworth Coolidge Mansion NH Historic Site

Wentworth-Gardner House

USS Albacore

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