The first lecture of our 2018 season will feature curator Sandra Rux with an introduction to the new exhibit Celebrations Public and Private.

From the grand design of the house by Archibald Macpheadris to tea for the last summer residents, the Warner House was in the midst of Portsmouth society. While attempting to provide an overview of conviviality in Portsmouth over the 200 years of Warner house occupancy, Ms Rux will discuss how we were able to arrive at an historically accurate picture of entertainments at the Warner House even though we do not have diaries, letters or bills that would tell the story more completely.

The lecture will take place at the Warner House at 5:30 on Thursday June 14. Light refreshments will be served.

The cost is $10 ($35 for the entire series of five lectures) and is free for Warner House members. Click here for more about supporting the historic Warner House by becoming a member.

JUNE 9, 2018
Costumed Tea with the Royal Scottish Country Dance, 12 - 3 p.m.
The Costumed Tea is in conjunction with Market Square Day with tours of the downstairs and games in the garden including croquet, lawn bowling, cards and draughts. Dressing up is encouraged but not necessary. 
The year 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the marriage of Scots-Irish Capt. Archibald Macpheadris to Sarah Wentworth, daughter of well-connected Portsmouth merchant John Wentworth (later the Lieutenant Governor of the province of New Hampshire). The Royal Scottish Country Dance will lead simple country dances that may have been similar to the dances during Archibald and Sarah's 1718-housewarming party in the brick mansion on Daniel Street now known as the Warner House.  
This event is co-sponsored by Silk Damask.
Free event but donations are welcome.
Courtesy of SilkDamask.


Members will preview the exciting new changes for the 2018 season as well as learn about the future preservation plans for this over 300-year-old historic property!

Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday February 10, 2018

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Masonic Hall
351 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH

Spend a winter day at the annual symposium "Life and Death in the Pistcataqua Region" with all day lectures and lunch! This year, the Warner House's Curator Sandra Rux will talk on "Reinventing Benning Wentworth" and how research can change interpretation. In 1741, Royal Gov. Benning Wentworth (1696 - 1770) moved into the Warner House with his wife Abigail and three sons. He was the brother of Sarah Wentworth Macpheadris Jaffrey, the owner and widow of first owner Capt. Archibald Macpheadris, and for at least the next decade the Warner House became the Governor's Mansion for the province of New Hampshire.

Other speakers at Life & Death include the following:

New Work on Women Artists:
Elizabeth Farish & Rodney Rowland, Strawbery Banke Museum, "Bridges to Portsmouth"
Barbara McLean Ward, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden director, "Grace Tabor, Landscape Architect, Connections to Portsmouth,"
Lainey Kowalski McCartney, Portsmouth Historical Society (Discover Portsmouth) curator, "Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961): An Independent Vision."

Peter Michaud, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, "Lucien Geoffrion, Post-War Architect of Portsmouth"

Jim Craig, USS Albacore “Fitz Henry Lane and his Portsmouth Paintings”

Life & Death is on Sat. February 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Hall. Continental breakfast and a lunch are included in the admission to the symposium. Tickets are just $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Reservations are recommended. Call the Moffatt-Ladd House at 603-436-8221 to reserve your spot. You can also order tickets online through Strawbery Banke Museum by clicking HERE.


Warner House Annual Meeting

January 25, 2018

5:30 p.m.

Stoodley's Tavern, 14 Hancock Street, Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH

Please join the Warner House Association for its annual meeting in the East Room of Stoodley's Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum. A brief meeting will be followed by updates about the house for 2018.  Light refreshments will be served.

For nearly 200 years, the Warner House and Stoodley's Tavern were Daniel Street neighbors, eventually becoming the last two of several large and grand colonial mansions that once lined the street. In 1964, Stoodley's was divided in half and relocated to its present site on Hancock Street as part of Strawbery Banke Museum. Its original location would become part of the Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building. With Stoodley's saying goodbye, the Warner House became the last colonial mansion on Daniel Street, a truly remarkable survivor.

(Please note, the annual meeting snow date is Feb. 1, 2018, same time & location.)

Image provided by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

The Portsmouth Advocates has awarded the Warner House Association with an award for Continued and Sensitive Maintenance of a Historic Property. The preservation award ceremony will be on Nov. 16, 2017 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. This award follows the successful completition of the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) matching grant that allowed for structural repairs to the Warner House.  While there always work needed for a building over 300 years old, the LCHIP matching grant allowed for foundation, window and roof repairs. Warner House Building and Grounds Chair Kerry Vautrot oversaw the LCHIP project from the grantwriting, contractor coordination and its completion.  

Please come celebrate with the Warner House! The award ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

From the Discover Portsmouth website:

Portsmouth Advocates, a key program of the Portsmouth Historical Society, is preparing for awards season! Since 1989 Portsmouth Advocates has honored individuals and projects that enhance the city’s unique historic character and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On Thursday November 16 from 5:30-7pm at Discover Portsmouth, the Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed over the last year.

Project-specific awards include the following:

Restoring the Integrity of a Resource: 496 Middle Street
Continued and Sensitive Maintenance of a Historic Property: The Masonic Hall on Middle Street, and the Warner House
New Construction in a Historic Context: Islington Street Condos/Old Port Traders site, and the African Burying Ground
Arthur J. Gerrier Memorial Award, which is presented to an individual who is committed to serving our historic community. Arthur Gerrier was a member of the Portsmouth Advocates Board and an outstanding architectural historian: Dick Adams
John Grossman Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual who makes a reality of an organization’s mission and bridging the theoretical and the practical. John Grossman was a tireless supporter of Portsmouth non-profits and Chair of Portsmouth Advocates for many years: Valerie Cunningham

About Portsmouth Advocates

Formed in 1980, Portsmouth Advocates was established to “promote the maintenance of the historical and architectural integrity of the structures and cityscape of the City of Portsmouth.” In 2012 Portsmouth Advocates became part of Portsmouth Historical Society.

For more information on LCHIP:


Nov. 14, 2017


Flatbread Company Portsmouth has selected the Warner House for its Community Benefit Night on Nov. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

For each wood-fired pizza sold by Flatbread, the Warner House will receive a portion of the saIes. In addition, the Warner House will hold a silent auction offering a variety of unique items. Plan an evening with friends and family with great food while helping to maintain the oldest brick house in Portsmouth.  The success of this event depends on your support and your appetite!

Flatbread Company Portsmouth is located at 138 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH.  

The Warner House looks forward to sharing this tasty slice of history with you. 

Flatbread Original Logo web

Visit the Warner House to see a Civil War era interior painting of the Warner House in situ. The painting Sherburne House, Portsmouth, N.H., 1865 by Worthington Whittredge depicts the hallway of Sherburnes, descendants of the Warner family. Remarkably, the hall looks almost the same now as it did 150 years ago. The painting is on loan from the Currier Museum of Art and can be seen at the Warner House until the end of the season on October 15, 2017.

Click here for more information on the Currier Museum of Art.     

Visit the Warner House and other historic houses as dusk approaches. This year's theme is "To Dine." Sponsored by the Portsmouth Historic House Associates (PHHA), click here for more information.
Advance tickets: $18 adults, $8 children (ages 12 and under)
Day-of-tickets: $20 adults, $10 children (ages 12 and under)
Tickets are good for admission to all nine houses.
Advance tickets are available online through Strawbery Banke Museum.
Thank you for supporting local history!


January 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Tyco Visitors Center, Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH

Following a brief business meeting and an election of officers, the Warner House Association invites you to “Not Bad for 300—a Warner House Condition Assessment," an exciting and informative talk by Kerry Vautrot, preservation specialist and chair of the Warner House Buildings & Grounds Committee.


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