Franklin Pierce Homestead, Hillsborough

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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  • We made the one-hour trip from Vermont because we thought “when will we ever be in Hillsborough again?” I’m glad we did. This is the home Franklin Pierce grew up in and always thought of as home, even...  more »
  • This place is must stop for people who love history or are following the Presidential trail. Well kept up, but tour guide was a little short and there is no brochure to provide follow up information. ...  more »
  • Decided to take a drive on the Currier and Ives Scenic Byways Trail. The Franklin Pierce Homestead was on the way and after living in NH for over forty years, we decided to go in for a tour. It was wo...  more »
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  • Lovely historic place filled with interesting books, China and a documentary. The house and grounds are superbly kept.
  • 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!).
  • Great tour and history of NH.

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