Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Old New Hampshire Home

 Home of only Quaker in Puritan town (1600s), Portsmouth, New Hampshire - looking southerly

As Jack of Hartford/Naples would say, this photo is "out of jurisdiction."  I was lucky enough to spend last weekend in New Hampshire, made even better by my own personal tour guide (my daughter).  We did a quick look around Portsmouth on part of New Hampshire's 18-mile coastline on the Atlantic ocean. True that's not a LOT of coastline but it sure was picturesque!

 Front door

When this house was built (1642) most of the people here were of the religious group called Puritans.  But the owner of this house was Quaker George Walton - innkeeper, planter and tailor. The "exciting" part of his life was a land dispute in 1682, which he won. The loser was heard to say Walton would never enjoy the land...and sure enough, George Walton was cursed with a "shower of stones." Was the loser a witch? Who knows for sure whether there was a real connection or not...but the shower of stones DID happen.  (Apparently Walton was unpopular with the locals for other reasons besides the land dispute.)

George Walton House, looking northerly

I am linking to Black and White Wednesday HERE

44 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Gorgeous photos of a lovely home. Loved the history behind it, and glad you had time with your daughter!

Lowell said...

Well, the quacker sure had a nice house. Oh, wait, you said Quaker! Whatever!

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous home! I am sure you had a great visit with your daughter! Enjoy your day!

A Quiet Corner said...

Being a New Englander, I love these old homes myself!...:)JP

Anvilcloud said...

I like the processing and the story.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful home, intriguing backstory.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is a beautiful house and having it in a black and white image just makes it look even better.

Birdman said...

Did you get to sample some 'beach fries' at Hampton Beach?

Michelle said...

What a fantastic house.

TexWisGirl said...

a nice place to getaway!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I lived on the seacoast of N.H. for 25 years while I raised my children. Portsmouth is a great town.

Sandra said...

now that is on beautiful home and the fact it is over 200 years old is amazing.. i would love to see that 18 miles of coast line.

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful beautiful home and neat information too.
MB

Karen S. said...

Very cool, and just the kind of place I'd enjoy seeing too!

VP said...

An excellent post with beautiful images!

Linda W. said...

What a cool house! Looks good in black and white.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful house and so much interesting history!! Sounds as though you have had a great visit with your daughter and that's always fun!! Hope your week is going well -- it does look/sound like it is!! Enjoy every moment!!

William Kendall said...

Quite a story, and the house looks well cared for.

Gillian Olson said...

Great photos and interesting story. Looks like a great place to visit!

Kathy said...

I just can't fathom a wooden frame house being that old! Amazing!

Mama Zen said...

Awesome shots! The place sure is beautiful.

RedPat said...

It didn't look like Ontario to me, EG! Beautiful pics.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

He had a gorgeous home, and now I dying to know- what is a shower of stones?

Jeanne said...

how beautiful these shots are in Black and White, and what fun to have your daughter as a tour guide!

cieldequimper said...

I suppose I need to put NH on my bucket list! Love the timeless monochrome!

"E", ...Beth... , from VA. said...

very cool. i love it in black & white. i enjoy the architecture. ( :

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful, on your lovely photos and spending time with your daughter.

Randy said...

What a beautiful home.

Kay said...

What a gorgeous old home...and is that a lighthouse in the distance?
I suppose an 18-mile coastline is convenient for a quick oceanside drive. Not nearly enough in my salt-encrusted opinion.

Rose said...

What a beautiful place!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful home.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful and also huge.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Fantastic photos and a great find, Tina!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

abrianna said...

That is a great house. wonderful shots of it in black and white.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

A pretty old house, great B&W images!

llandudnopictures said...

Very 'picture book'!

see you there! said...

Quite a handsome home and you made me curious about the rest of the story. I love a good curse... hahaha.

Darla

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love it: both the visitation of daughter and of house!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How interesting! Nothing better than having a good tour guide who just happens to be someone you love!

Jeevan said...

Interesting story said behind this house! Excellent building and nice exterior texture

Debbie said...

oooooooh so my kinda' living!!! what a lovely place and i really like it in b&w!!!

edenhills said...

Amazing house! That is quite the interesting story to go with it.

Jack said...

Portsmouth has some terrific historic houses, doesn't it? I visited Strawberry Banke again last summer. This house looks like it could be from there, or at least close. And, "out of the jurisdiction," eh? I am honored to be mentioned.

CountryMouse said...

What a beautiful old house and lovely captures.

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