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Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site

301 2nd NH Turnpike
Hillsborough, NH 03244
Phone: 603-478-3165

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Franklin Pierce Homestead is operated by the Hillsborough Historical Society, is the boyhood home of America's fourteenth president and is a spacious and beautiful, federal style country home. Built by Pierce's father in 1804, it reflects the gracious and affluent living of the nineteenth century. A ballroom, which extends the entire length of the second floor, was used for entertaining neighbors and distinguished families of the state and nation. Franklin Pierce shared Daniel Webster's dedication to national unity and led our country during the most trying of times, the time of slavery. Private tours & large group tours, both coinciding & outside the public hours & months, can be arranged. The Pierce Homestead is available, at a fee, for small private functions & meetings.

Operating Schedule

This site is open Friday through Tuesday on May 22nd through September 7th and Saturdays and Sundays only from September 12th through October 12th until it closes for the season October 12th, 2015. Operating hours are 10 am to 4 pm, with the last tour at 3 pm. 

Dates of Operation
Operating Hours
Closing Notes
Fri-Tues: 5/22-9/7
Sat/Sun: 9/12-10/12
*Last museum tour at 3pm
Open Memorial Day, Columbus Day
and Labor Day.


Admission for NH residents is $4 for adults (18-64); children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Admission for non-residents is $5 for adults (18 or over); $3 for youth ages 6-17; children ages 5 and under are admitted free.Season passes are available.

Age 5 or under 6-17 18-64 65 or over
Resident Free Free $4

Upcoming Events at Franklin Pierce Homestead

July 1st - October 13th
The President Franklin Pierce Gallery and Shop presents the art of local resident Murray Loss, an award winning artist whose work includes an extensive collection of portraits of Native Americans as well as local scenes.
Souvenirs and Mementos of the Franklin Pierce Homestead and the surrounding Hillsborough New Hampshire community.
Saturday afternoons for kids of all ages – use a spill plane, or a spinning wheel; crafts including making handkerchief dolls and writing with quills. The President Franklin Pierce Gallery and Shop
July 5th Vintage and Antique Tag Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Pierce Homestead.
August 16th and 17th
Hillsborough’s acclaimed Living History Event including visits to the Homestead by “George Washington” and “Laura Ingalls Wilder.”
September 9th 
Rally Round the Flag; the American Civil War through Folksong presented by Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett
September 15th       Native Americans in the Hillsborough area, presented by Dana Benner
September 22nd
The Union Does Not Back Down; Battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor – presented by Mike Reopel
Printable Events Calendar and Information: 2014 Event Schedule

Are pets allowed at Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site?

Pets are not permitted in the park. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.


Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

Additional Resources and Information

Hillsborough Historical Society