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  • S. Berwick-Hamilton House - Portsmouth
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The home was built by Jonathan Hamilton in 1785. He got wealthy by privateering durting the Revolutionary War, and was connected to the right people. Later he ventured into a number of businesses and build 78 ships right at the back of the home on the inlet that leads to the ocean. He died in 1832, and it became a farm under the Goodwin family through the rest of 1800's. They had to sell in 1898, and Emily Tyson and daughter from Boston worked to renovate back to the Colonial Revival period. They did, however, make some more modern additions asnd built a cottage for guests. The gardens are still maintained and being brought to the circa period. She left the house to be a museum in 1949, and it ended up with SPNE historical society.
Tour is about one hour and cost is $8. WEd-SAt from 11-4.

othercontact: http://www.seacoastnh.com/Places
Phone: 617-227-3956
Website: http://www.spnea.org/visit/homes/hamilton.htm

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  • Updated Oct 27, 2008
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