Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site
|375 Little Harbor Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site is the former home of New Hampshire's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth, who served in office from 1741 to 1767. The rambling 40-room mansion which overlooks Little Harbor, is one of the most outstanding homes remaining of the colonial era. Its stateliness and impressive interior and furnishings reflect aristocratic life in Portsmouth in the 1700s.
The Mansion reflects five distinct periods of architecture. The extraordinary skill of New Hampshire's eighteenth century craftsmen is exhibited in the intricate hand-carved mantelpiece. The council chamber and the spy closet reveal details about daily life and government during the colonial period. Purple lilacs, descendants of the first European stock imported by Wentworth, decorate the grounds.
Little Harbor Loop Trail: Be sure to go for a stroll on this 1.5 mile waterside path that connects the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site, Creek Farm and Portsmouth Conservation Land. Free parking and trail access are available at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site.
Little Harbor Loop Trail Map
This site is open Friday through Sunday from May 1 to May 24. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday from May 27 to September 6. It will then be open Friday through Sunday from September 11 until closing for the season October 12. Operating hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Tours are available at 10 am, 11:40 am, 12:45 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.
|Dates of Operation
*Last museum tour at 3pm
Will be 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
||5 or under
||65 or over |
Planning an Outing?
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site is a great location to hold a wedding, family reunion, corporate outing, and more. For more information on planning your event please click on the following.
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion site rental information
Are pets allowed at Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site?Pets are not permitted in the park. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
Keep Your Parks CleanThrough 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 DisabilitiesPlease contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog5/31/12 "Celebrating Lilacs through History and Art at Wentworth-Coolidge"
Additional Resources/InformationPark History
Outings in State Parks
Historic Site, State Park Group Use Areas and Park Pavilions.
Little Harbor Loop Trail Map
Drift Gallery - an art gallery located in the carriage house at Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site
Article about the Curator of The Drift Gallery in Artscope Magazine