Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site

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

Activities and Amenities

Historic Site
Historic Site
Learning Environments
Learning Environments
* interpretive programs, natural/biodiversity, scenic geology, museum tours
Picnic Area
Picnic Area
* pit toilet or bathhouse
Flush Toilets
Flush Toilets

Franklin Pierce Homestead was the home the 14th president of the United States from his infancy until his marriage in 1834. The Pierce Homestead is a fine example of New Hampshire village architecture. It is a two-story frame building with a hipped roof. 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, can be arranged. The Homestead collections include items on loan from the Hillsborough Historical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society. The Homestead can be reached at (603) 478-3165 for more information. The Franklin Pierce Homestead is a Blue Star Museum, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Operating Schedule

This site is open from Friday to Tuesday from May 27 to September 5. It is open weekends only from September 10 until it closes for the season October 10. Operating hours are 10 am to 4 pm, with the last tour at 3:15 pm.

Schedule of Events 2016

  • Friday, August 19th Thistlewood, John & Pamela Stoher, guitar & Celtic Harp; 
  • Saturday, August 20th, Open House 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
    11:30 am and 2:30 pm Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella (Ball Room)
  • Sunday, August 21st, 2016 Open House 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm A visit by a Concord Coach (Old Turnpike Road)
    10:30 am A discussion of Lafayette presented by Alan Hoffman (Parlor) Handicap Accessible
    11:30 am A walking tour of Pierce Family Burial Ground presented by Governor & Mrs. Smith (John & Jackie Stetser)
    2:30 pm Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella (Parlor) Handicap Accessible

Printable Schedule and Information 

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

National Park Service Information about the Franklin Pierce Homestead