Historic Portsmouth Mansion Celebrates 250 Years

May 31, 2013

The historic Moffat-Ladd House in Portsmouth is celebrating its 250th anniversary on Saturday. 

There will be costumed skits, weaving demonstrations, and an heirloom plant sale at the mansion, which was built in 1763 by merchant and timber trader, John Moffat.  The house was built for his son Samuel, whose bad business decisions led him to flee to the Caribbean just five years after the house was built. It then went to his wife’s family.  

Museum director Barbara Ward says the mansion’s windows and clapboarding is undergoing restoration:

We’re going to have an inside the walls tour, so people can see what we’re finding as we open up sections of the building while we do this work.

The Moffat Ladd house is owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, which is made up of women who trace their heritage to historic figures of colonial America.