Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
My daughter and I were driving along New Hampshire's Atlantic coast when we happened upon this stately home, now a part of a state park. This mansion has 40 rooms and sits next to Little Harbour just outside the town Portsmouth and across the river from Kittery, Maine.
Closer view looking easterly
This is the clapboard home of the first royal governor of New Hampshire, Benning Wentworth (1741 to 1767). It was a working farm, but Wentworth made most of his money exporting timber, dried fish and other products to England and importing rum, olives and other European products.
The home is said to be an outstanding example of how colonial aristocracy lived in Portsmouth during the 18th century. Well, I cannot comment on that because, truth be told, I was more interested in the ocean views. But hey! Next time I visit the area I may check out the mansion's interior.
View looking northeasterly
Both elegant and awkward, the building is made up of several pre-existing ones, the result creating three wings: one each for family, servants and entertainment. Each wing had it's own entrance and staircase so it's not hard to imagine that this mansion may have been the site of 18th-century international intrigue. Or not.
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