Portsmouth Historic Houses Host Twilight Tour Friday, August 15, 2014

Governor Benning Wentworth

Governor Benning Wentworth

Learn more about this event that lets you see Portsmouth’s beautiful

houses in the enchanting twilight setting at: TwilightTour 2014

*Take the FREE bus from the Strawbery Banke parking from 4pm – 7:30 pm


Mansion Open for the Summer

The Mansion will open 10am -3pm, Weekends & Holiday Mondays til May 31st then Wednesday -  Sunday (Holiday Mondays) til Labor Day, 10 am – 3 pm. After Labor Day weekends only.

This year the Wentworth-Coolidge Commission, Inc. is focusing on projects to restore the Lilac beds, refurbish the mansion windows and adding new drapes to the Governors Council in the mansion. While we will not be holding the Lilac Festival this year we encourage you to visit the mansion, enjoy the grounds and tour the gallery.For more information contact or call 603-436-9889.


Little Harbor Trail Open

The new walking path is finished! Be sure to go for a stroll on this 1.5 mile waterside path that connects the Wentworth-Coolidge Grounds, Creek Farm, and Portsmouth Conservation Land. Free parking & trail access are available at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion.


Frank Shapleigh’s “House Portrait” Returns Home to the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

Commissioner & Coolidge descendant Daphne McDonald stand with the picture her mother donated

Painted c. 1875, the “house portrait” by Frank Shapleigh shows the Mansion in the light of early dawn as a memento of his visit to the Mansion. It is one of Shapleigh’s few works of the Seacoast, as he spent much of his time painting White Mountain landscapes. This remarkable piece was left to the State of NH by Betsy Baybutt, John Templeman Coolidge’s granddaughter. The Commission is thrilled that this work of art has finally been returned to it’s rightful place at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion.


The Wentworth-Coolidge Commission works to help the State preserve, improve, and promote the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
and State Historic Site. The tireless efforts of this group of volunteers appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire
ensure that this Portsmouth treasure will be enjoyed for generations to come.