Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ABC Wednesday - A is for Abode

This stately, rambling abode was built in the 1700's in Portsmouth, NH during the colonial years.

It is the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and it sits on a peninsula in Little Harbor.

It's a most beautiful spot on the ocean with views of the harbor and islands around it.

This abode has 40 rooms and was home to NH's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth.

In the early 1900's, John Coolidge purchased the 65 acre property and restored the neglected house and grounds to it's original colonial beauty.

When his wife passed away in 1954, the lands and home were donated to the state, and it is now maintained as a historical property and is open for tours to the public.

When I first visited this house during a field trip in grammar school, I loved the grounds and the views.

The inside wasn't open on the day I visited it a couple of years ago, but the outside and surrounding lands were just as lovely as I remembered it from that childhood trip.

This is the twelfth round of ABC Wednesday. If you would like to join in please visit this site for the details. 


  1. It truly is beautiful. Isn't it wonderful when our childhood memories and adulthood experiences synch? It's rare. Perhaps that is one of the reasons it is so wonderful when it happens.

    I enjoyed your post. Thank you for providing a restful place today.

  2. That's the type of place I'd love to visit!

    abcw team

  3. I had this book about adobe for years (copyright 1972) because it's so cool!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. That is definitely a stately ABODE! It's fun, isn't it, to revisit a childhood place that has given pleasure in the past! Kate, ABC TEAM

  5. wow, that is a beautiful house. good thing it was restored. we need houses like that around to remind us of the good old days.


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