Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site

375 Little Harbor Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-436-6607

Activities and Amenities

Canoeing/Kayaking
Canoeing/Kayaking
Fishing
Fishing
Historic Site
Historic Site
Learning Environments
Learning Environments
* interpretive programs, natural/biodiversity, scenic geology, museum tours
Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing
Walking Trails
Walking Trails
Picnic Area
Picnic Area
Restrooms
Restrooms
* pit toilet or bathhouse
Flush Toilets
Flush Toilets

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 

Beatrix Potter Day: July 28, 2018: Celebrate the legendary children’s author/illustrator’s birthday with activities, storytime, and cake. Join illustrator Tess Feltes drawing in the fresh air. Potter (and Peter Rabbit!) would have loved her animal characters and nature paintings. Call 436-6607 for more information. Free and open to the public.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) created many beloved children’s characters, including Peter Rabbit, Miss Moppet, Squirrel Nutkin, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. She has a direct, unique-to-Portsmouth connection to the Wentworth-Coolidge site. She was a family friend of the Coolidges, and even dedicated her novel THE FAIRY CARAVAN to Henry P. Coolidge, who, as a child, visited her in England with his mother.

Operating Schedule

This site is open Friday to Sunday from May 4 to May 27. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday from May 30 to September 3. It will then be open Friday to Sunday from September 7 until closing for the season October 28. Operating hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Tours are available at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and the last tour leaving at 3pm.

Dates of Operation
Operating Hours
Closing Notes
5/4-5/27 Fri-Sun
5/30-9/3 Wed-Sun
9/7-10/28 Fri-Sun
10am-4pm
10/28
*Last museum tour at 3pm
Will be open Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day & on 4th of July

Fees

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
Free
Non-Resident
Free
$3
$5
$5

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 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.