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Governor Wentworth Historic Site
Phone: 603-823-7722, Ext. 757

Location: On Route 109, Wolfeboro

Amenities: 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.

Operation 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 confirm hours.

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.

More Information
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.

Important: This information was posted on September 18, 2008 and all information, services and fees are subject to change.