On Route 109, Wolfeboro
Guided tours, picnicking
Fees:New Hampshire residents
are admited free of charge. Other admission is $7 for adults; $3 for children ages 6-11;
children ages 5 and under are admitted free.
Schedule: The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion is open from mid-June through September 1, 2008.
Guided tours are given at 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.
From September 5 through October 13, the Mansion is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
with guided tours at 1:30 and 3:00pm. Please call 603-436-6607 in advance of your visit to
The Coolidge Center for the Arts Gallery is open mid-May through September 28, 2008,
Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm.
Admission to the Coolidge Gallery is free.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at historic parks.
The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion 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.
Guests can visit the Coolidge Visitor Center, located on the grounds.
The grounds and the Visitor Center are available to rent for events and meetings.
Picnicking on the grounds is welcomed; however, pets are prohibited.
Restrooms are available in the carriage house.
This information was posted on September 18, 2008 and all information, services and fees are
subject to change.