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John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth

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The house known today as the John Paul Jones house was built in 1758 for Gregory Purcell, a sea captain and merchant. When built, the house was considered to be at the edge of downtown and was amongst only a handful of stately three story homes in the city.
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  • As others here have noted, John Paul Jones did not own this house but was a long time boarder here while his ships were being built in the nearby Portsmouth shipyards. The building is a well preserved...  more »
  • Docent downstairs was very well informed. Unfortunate that resources don't permit another one on the second floor. Excellent detail about Treaty of Portsmouth which ended Russo-Japanese War in 1905. L...  more »
  • Great presentation on the history of the 1905 Peace Treaty. Staff was friendly and had lots of information to share about John Paul Jones and local history.  more »
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  • If you are interested in early American history, this house is well worth a stop. Just be warned, the John Paul Jones name was mostly attached in order to get the building historical protection, and he only lived there as a boarder for a short time. That being said, the house (run by the Portsmouth Historical Society) is in excellent condition and features artifacts from times past, as well as carefully curated rooms that give a glimpse into daily life during the revolutionary period.
  • Beautiful old colonial home. Lots of information. Walk through at your own pace.
  • I grew up in Portsmouth and still miss every thing about it. My paternal Grandfather who moved to Portsmouth from Greece in early 1900 purchased the land that is now Pease(Airforce Base at the time). My Dad was born in 1929 after my paternal Grandmother (YiaYia) came over once my Papoo had a farm going on well on aforementioned land. Then Dad came along. He was in Germany serving our country at the time of government "stole our families land/farm". Dad tried to win them in court once he returned home and found this out So horrible!! My maternal Grandparents lived in Manchester, New Hampshire. Many memories of my greatfranparents farm!! When my grandparents moved to Portsmouth, they ended up having 6 girls and 1 boy! Brave souls!! They are all still here and well except my most dear and deepmy loved Mom (&Dad). 😢😘❤❤. I love you & miss you both!❤❤. Anyway....Been back many times and I sleep well there and feel totally calm!! We had moved to Fl:(. Hated everything here and did not want to talk to my parents!!! I was only a teen who was happy, had many family members and NEVER thought I'd leave:( One thing that's changed in recent years (for the worse) is the huge influx of people!!! Anyway, a little history to add to local history!! 😋💛😋
  • What an incredible number of displays from the 1600-1900. The Historic collections of John Paul Jones, the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and the newest display of the Odd and Elegant are fascinating.
  • History at its best, Portsmouth has many historic sites to visit.