The John Paul Jones Historic House Museum opened to the public in 1920, and to celebrate (only slightly belatedly) its centennial, we’ve put on a display of the incredibly wide variety of objects the Portsmouth Historical Society collects. A “birdcage” Windsor rocking chair, portraits of local “clothier” Benjamin Cheever and his wife Mary, an 1813 map of Portsmouth’s “compact” downtown region, a circular maple table that once belonged to an enslaved woman, a baseball bat from a losing game in 1866, a 1660 embroidered mirror, a top hat, miniature paintings, a purloined sword, memorabilia of ale-maker Frank Jones, and “Uncle Billy’s Sunday Leg,” worn (for Sunday best only) by William Dunn after he lost his leg in the war of 1812.

Admission to the John Paul Jones house is FREE for members, and is included in the $7.50 admissions fee to Portsmouth Historical Society.

Open 7 days, 11am to 5pm.

First Free Friday is July 2!

Stop by Friday, July 2, and admission is free! Plus, for Art ‘Round Town between 5pm and 8pm that evening, we will be hosting the totally cool Retro Roadtripper, Josh Hrehovcik, who will be on hand to talk about his photography, his road trips, and to help us sell raffle tickets for the wonderful photos you see here! Can’t make it? Get your raffle tickets online!

Volunteer Hours Opportunity!

Do you know a teenager who needs to round out their volunteering requirements? Are they outgoing, friendly, and interested in history and art? We’ve got lots of opportunities for shifts of a few hours on any day of the week, and would love to get teens interested in what we do. Fill out this quick form on our website, or email our volunteer coordinator Jessica Kliskey for more information!

Save the Date!

We’re celebrating the father of the American Navy on July 11! Join us 43 Middle Street in the lovely gardens surrounding the John Paul Jones Historic House Museum. More details to follow!

History. Arts. Culture.