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Franklin Pierce Homestead, Hillsborough

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The Franklin Pierce Homestead was the childhood home of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce. Located in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, the home was built in 1804 by Pierce's father, Benjamin Pierce. The home is one of Franklin Pierce's probable places of birth, the other now lying beneath the nearby impoundment of Franklin Pierce Lake. Pierce lived at the homestead until 1834 when he married, with the exception of a seven-year span spent away for school, college, and law study. It is now operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society and has been designated a state park. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.The house is located on the east side of Washington Road (New Hampshire Route 31), about 100 yards north of its intersection with New Hampshire Route 9, on a 13acre property in the Lower Village area of Hillsborough. It is a two-story hip-roofed wood frame structure whose main block was built in 1804. There are two entries, one on the west (street-facing) facade and one on the south facade. Both are topped by five-light transom windows, and flanked by pilasters which support an entablature and triangular pediment. A two-story wing was added to the rear of the house, probably later in the 19th century. Attached to this wing are a small wellhouse, and a single-story shed connecting the house to a gable-roofed barn.
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  • I did. I have spent years driving by it, yeah yeah, there it is, and yesterday I stopped. It happened to be in the middle of a tour of the inside of the house, and if I pressed I think they would have...  more »
  • You don't know much about this president, for some good and not so good reasons, but after you have toured the Franklin Pierce presidential museum, you get a feeling that President Pierce may have got...  more »
  • I have driven by the Franklin Pierce Homestead many times as a teenager , and did not stop. But this time we did, Tour starts iut in the Barn, many neat things too see and think about. The Old Homeste...  more »
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  • Friendly, funny, knowledgeable guide. Very reasonably priced, even for out-of-staters. A visit worth making if you are in the area.
  • Very well restored & maintained historical site. The guided tour was EXCELLENT! Sarah was one of the best guides we have ever experienced in our numerous travels to many historic & cultural sites in the US & Europe.
  • A great tour from a well-informed tour guide. Even in the summer, there are few guests that get all the way to Hillsborough, so the tour was very individualized to our needs and questions! A little known President, judged by history to have made a lot of mistakes, Franklin Pierce comes across in the tour as a very likable guy (growing up in a tavern with a bunch of siblings!).
  • Wonderfully restored home and a very knowledgeable staff.
  • Great stop to learn about the home of the 14th President of the United States.

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