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.

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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

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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.     

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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!
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Eighteenth Century Silks at the Warner House

Please join us on
 Thursday July 13, 2017
at 5:30 PM
The Warner House
150 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Curator Sandra Rux will talk about the eighteenth century silk garments in the Warner House collection. Although there are only five of these, they represent a diverse group of high end imported silk fabrics. From the Polly Warner christening fabric wrap of approximately 1720 (even thought she was born in 1749; the fabric  was probably from her mother’s childhood) to the 1770s waistcoats belonging  to Jonathan Warner and the remade 1770s dress said to have belonged to Frances Deering Wentworth, they tell a story of upper class life in Portsmouth. Ms. Rux will discuss how the fabrics were made—woven brocade vs. embroidery; French vs. English design— and the looms used for weaving these fabrics. Portraits of Sarah Wentworth Macpheadris Jaffrey and Mary Macpheadris Warner and the Warner gentlemen show how the garments looked when worn. Come to learn to learn more about these fascinating fabrics.

Admission is free and no response is required
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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017

DIY Terrariums Workshop, 2 p.m.
Bring your green thumb (black thumbs welcome too!) and enjoy an afternoon of miniature gardening with a historical flare presented by Glassroots Terrariums. You will learn all you need to know how to create a lovely self-sustaining environment to brighten your home or office. Snacks will be provided. This event will take place in the Warner House garden.
Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spaces. 
Cost includes all supplies and you will take home your creation. 
$55 for WH members, $65 all others

Please Note:  Payment is either via a PayPal account or select "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" from the above link. For additional information about this event, please contact the Warner House at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Please join us for the annual Warner House Members' Party
This Friday, June 23, 2017
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kerry Vautrot and James Taylor of the Building & Grounds Committee will present the completed work of the LCHIP project. Please join us to thank them for their efforts with this endeavor.

This year the band Penhallow will provide entertainment.  Penhallow has kindly donated their time and talents for this event. We encourage you to support them by making a donation to the band on Friday evening.

Light refreshments will be served.



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4th Annual Costumed Tea
Market Square Day
at the Warner House
is this
Saturday June 10, 2017,

Captain Archibald and his Lady Sarah Wentworth Macpheadris invite you to join them for an afternoon entertainment celebrating the ongoing 300th anniversary of the construction of their grand house.
To commemorate this event, we have set the principal rooms at a gastronomic moment in history—evening dining from 1720s-1910s —business repasts of the early and late 18th century.
To enhance your experience, garments laden with stories—such as ladies shoes and dresses, and even Jonathan Warner’s plum-red coat and vest—will be laid out in the rooms in anticipation of its wearer’s return.
At 2 PM, members of the Royal Scottish Country Dancers will perform simple dances for your edification and ask you to join them.
There will be light refreshments and croquet. Rumor has it that several guests have created new fashions for this event.

Please join us for this special year with the house appointed to entertain you as it has for countless past guests.
Please join us for this annual fete as we open our doors to the public to enjoy the 1st floor of the house and the gardens.

Admission is free.

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