Historic New England Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth

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The Governor John Langdon House is an exceptional Georgian mansion which George Washington “esteemed the first” in Portsmouth. Its reception rooms are of a grand scale suited to ceremonial occasions and are ornamented by elaborate wood carving in the Rococo style. John Langdon was a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary War leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. He built this impressive home to express his status as Portsmouth's leading citizen.

After Langdon's death in 1819, the house was occupied by other leading families, and at the end of the nineteenth century, Langdon descendants purchased the house and restored it to its eighteenth-century appearance. They added onto the rear of the house a substantial wing designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White to house modern necessities.

Visitors to the house learn about the history of Portsmouth through the life of John Langdon and others who lived here. The house tells the story of the early colony of New Hampshire, the glory days of the city’s mercantile boom, and the Colonial Revival movement that blossomed in Portsmouth during the early twentieth century.
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  • Esteemed by George Washington as the finest home in Portsmouth, the John Langdon house is a classic example of Georgian architecture, with several tasteful additions over the centuries blending and en...  more »
  • We visited three period homes in Portsmouth in one day. We did not enjoy this house, perhaps because we had come from a house with interesting and original furnishings, which helped to tell the story ...  more »
  • The Governor John Langdon House was built by and for the leading citizen of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Located at 143 Pleasant Street, it was build in 1784 by John Langdon, a merchant, shipbuilder, Am...  more »
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  • The Governor Langdon house has beautiful woodwork and a beautiful garden. The history of the house and Governor Langdon are fascinating.
  • If you're lucky Jim will be giving the tour. He was hands down, the best guide we've ever had at all Historic New England properties.
  • Informative and friendly tour. Nice house and gardens.
  • I love Langdon House!

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