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Our Old House Festival, Hosted by NHFF Community Partner: The Moffatt-Ladd House, Sets the Stage for Historical Festivals on the Seacoast

By Katie Hery.

Portsmouth, NH | The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, celebrating their 251st year, this National Historic Landmark has been a museum for over 100 years. Originally constructed for John Moffatt in 1760 and then becoming home to one of New Hampshire’s three signatories of the Declaration of Independence, William Whipple, this home has many stories to tell. With an immense amount of history seeping through it’s walls and floorboards, the home is decorated with furnishings dated between 1763-1900 to reflect the bygone era.

Following a short restoration process in 2009, the New Hampshire Film Festival began utilizing the Historic Coach House, as one of the most unique screening venues on the festival circuit. NHFF is thrilled to continue this partnership for 2014, incorporating the historic space as an intimate and rustic setting to screen independent film during the festival.

On June 7th, The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden are pleased to invite the Seacoast community of all ages to take in not only the history of the home but a vast array of activities. This festival is free and all will have the ability to take self-guided tours of the house, chat with decorative arts experts, art conservationists and professional preservers of historical homes and sites.

Educational aspects of the festivities will include historical recipes, cooking, and 18th century fashion. Make your own pot-pourri, discover the nuances of flower arranging, and even take home your own heirloom plants at the garden sale.

The festivities at the Our Old House Festival begin on June 7th from 12:30-4:30pm. Admission is free for this event and the day rounds out nicely with a free concert at 4:30pm by “Two Old Friends” in the Coach House.

To learn more about The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Click Here.

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