John Paul Jones Birthday Celebration 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018 1-4pm

John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden
National Historic Landmark
43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Free admission, house tours, music with Great Bay Sailor, refreshments and family fun including two book signings!

John Paul Jones House Portsmouth NH
Always wondered how you could hang out on the lawn of that gorgeous yellow mansion on the corner of Middle and State Streets in downtown Portsmouth? Always wanted to peek inside the house but haven’t put that on your calendar yet? Now’s your chance. On Sunday July 8 at 1pm, the Portsmouth Historical Society, which runs Discover Portsmouth and which saved the John Paul Jones House in 1917, is hosting its free annual birthday party for the father of the US Navy, who spoke the immortal words, “I have not yet begun to fight!” (John Paul Jones was born 271 years ago, on July 6, 1747)

Book Signings

1pm – Michael and Michelle Mitchell will be on hand to sign copies of their new comic book about John Paul Jones.

Alphabet Boats2pm – Illustrator Ryan O’Rourke joins the fun to sign copies of his new book, Alphabet Boats.

Come to 43 Middle Street at 1pm for patriotic festivities, live music provided by perennial favorite Great Bay Sailor, cake and family fun, including a book signing. In addition to the several galleries devoted to John Paul Jones, the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty signed in Portsmouth in 1905, Portsmouth’s maritime history, and local paintings and decorative arts, we are again featuring a special exhibition. This year’s exhibit is titled Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast and features works of art of many types by women from the Seacoast area.

About John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones PortraitScottish born naval captain and colonial America’s first sea warrior, John Paul Jones visited New Hampshire twice. In 1777 he took the Portsmouth-built Ranger with a Piscataqua crew to France. There he worried the British in a series of guerilla raids before his famous battle on the Bon Homme Richard. Later, a hero decorated by the king of France, he returned to Portsmouth to fit out the America, the largest ship of war ever built in the nation to that day. While he was here, Jones stayed at the Purcell House, today the John Paul Jones House.

About National Historic Landmarks

A National Historic Landmark is a building, site, structure, or object that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding degree of historical significance. Out of over 85,000 places that have been listed on the country’s National Register of Historic Places only about 2,500 are recognized as National Historic Landmarks. There are eight sites in Portsmouth: the USS Albacore, Richard Jackson House, John Paul Jones House, Governor John Langdon House, Warner House, Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, and Wentworth-Gardner House.

John Paul Jones House Hours, Admission

Our sponsors

LCHIP (Land and Community Heritage Investment Program)

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Star Island Builders
Cornerstone Tree Care
Rosamond Thaxter Foundation

We’re grateful to our many volunteers who help keep the JPJ House Museum and Gardens looking good – Liberty Mutual, Piscataqua Garden Club, and Portsmouth High School, and our Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Also available At the John Paul Jones House Carriage House

Port City Bike Tours

Now offering daily guided and self-guided bike tours starting at the John Paul Jones Carriage House, 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH.

Guided tours (2-6 riders) range from from 7 to 25 miles, 90 minutes to 3 1/2 hours, and each offers amazing scenery, history and local insights. Private custom tours for your family, friends or corporate group are also available. Tours include your guide, custom fit 21-speed bike, helmet, water and snack. To reserve call 603-969-1866 or visit