Where to walk in your New Hampshire forebears' footsteps and learn about their lives.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH 03224
Tour this town of 25 restored and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, including an 18th-century meetinghouse, 1905 creamery, 1819 horse barn, 1823 schoolhouse, 1806 carpenter’s shop and 1795 laundry building. The village also houses an archive where genealogists can sift through diaries, letters and financial records, letters and more.
Daniel Webster Birthplace
State Historic Site
131 North Road
Franklin, NH 03235
Learn about 1700s farm life as well as the life of Daniel Webster, a renowned orator, US congressman and secretary of state, at his restored home. You can witness living history interpretations on weekends.
Fort Constitution State Historic Site
Route 1B at US Coast Guard Station New Castle, NH 03038
Colonists’ 1774 raid on this fort—originally called Fort William and Mary—helped spur the patriots toward Revolution. Today, you can see remnants of the Colonial fortifications, as well as the Portsmouth Harbor Light.
Franklin Pierce Homestead
National Historic Site
301 Second New Hampshire Turnpike
Hillsborough, NH 03244
The 1804 Federal-style boyhood home of America’s 14th president, Franklin Pierce, showcases period furnishings from the former chief’s affluent family.
Gov. John Langdon House
143 Pleasant St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
In 1789, George Washington was said to have called this home “the finest house in Portsmouth.” Built by the governor, US Constitution signer and US Senate president John Langdon in 1784, the residence features ornate woodwork and period furnishings.
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site
Off Route 3
Lancaster, NH 03584
While many barely profitable New Hampshire farms were being abandoned in the early 1900s, John Wingate Weeks, a US senator and conservationist, purchased several farms on Mount Prospect, including its summit. Weeks built a new auto road to reach the mountaintop and hosted several prominent political figures at the summer home. Today, you can tour the main house and observatory tower.
Littleton Grist Mill
18 Mill St.
Littleton, NH 03561
Built in 1798 and now restored to its original appearance, this mill still produces flour and grain mixes today. You can see the grist mill and three other restored buildings.
Robert Frost Farm
122 Rockingham Road
Derry, NH 03038
Take the road less traveled to the farm where beloved poet Robert Frost lived from 1900 to 1911—and found inspiration for many of his works.
From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine