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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  • A nice little museum but it really isn’t John Paul Jones’ house. The house depicts the history of Portsmouth but JPJ simply stayed at the home but it was not his. The historical value is in the rehab ...  more »
  • This old home was misrepresented as the John Paul Jones House, but was actually owned by someone who converted it into a rooming house that John Paul Jones stayed at for 55 days. None of the items on ...  more »
  • We love history and this was a nice stop. It was worth the $5-6. A nice docent gave us a summary and then we did our self-guided tour. Only a small part of the furnishings had to do with JPJ but the o...  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!! πŸ˜‹πŸ’›πŸ˜‹
  • 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.

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