5 Central Street, Hillsborough, NH 03244(603) 464-3637HillsboroughHistory@gmail.com

Early Home of Franklin Pierce 14th US President

The Pierce Homestead was built in 1804 by Benjamin Pierce, the year his son Franklin, the future president, was born.  Benjamin Pierce had come to Hillsborough in 1786, almost 50 years after the town was first settled. He had served under Washington in the War for Independence, but after the war’s end found himself nearly impoverished. The beauty of the land surrounding Hillsborough, and the affordable prices of land attracted him to buy a log cabin with 50 acres of land. After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Andrews, Benjamin Pierce married Anna Kendrick. By the time the Homestead was built Benjamin Pierce was a prosperous and prominent man. Begun as a tavern, the Pierce Homestead soon became a gentleman’s home for lively exchange among celebrities of the day – Daniel Webster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mary Baker Eddy’s favorite brother, Albert.  His career in public service continued for 57 years, during which he was twice Governor of New Hampshire.  The stately home has spacious rooms with vividly painted walls and exquisite stenciling. The house has a grand ballroom and a parlor decorated with imported French wallpaper-symbols of the elegance of the age; it is said that Benjamin drilled local militia in this room.  The large spacious rooms, the hand stenciled walls, and the imported wallpaper, symbolize the elegance of the age.  The gardens surrounding the Homestead, with their artificial pond, and lattice summer house, were of unusual beauty for their day.

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), the seventh of nine children, spent his childhood in attractive surroundings of gardens and trees.  In 1834, Franklin Pierce married Jane Means Appleton, a shy, frail woman of a distinguished family from Amherst, N.H.. Pierce served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. When the Mexican War started in 1846, he quickly rose from private to brigadier general, and in 1852, he became the youngest President ever elected.

Groups
Private, Group & Charter Tours:

Private & Group tours are available during or in addition to regularly posted hours, May 1st- October 31st.
 Tour hours are available between 10 am and 3 pm. For large groups over 15 people, a non-refundable deposit of $75.00 is required.
The private group tour fee is a flat $5 per person, with no discounts applied.
Please contact Jane Butler at 603-588-2603.  Checks should be mailed to HHS, PO Box 896, Hillsborough NH 03244
School Groups – There is no admission fee for school groups at historic sites.  One chaperone per ten students is necessary.   School group tours may be available outside of scheduled operating hours; please let us know ahead of time to help us ensure enough staff is available.

Volunteers
All those interested in volunteering at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead – Please contact Jane Butler at 603-588-2603.
We always welcome folks interested in being:
Researchers
Guides
Greeters
Maintenance
Fundraising Committee
And more.

Student volunteers of all ages are more than welcome.

Access for Persons with Disabilities
The FPH is first floor wheelchair accessible.
 Wheelchair accessible restroom.
 Handicapped Parking is available as signed.

The Franklin Pierce Homestead is a joint venture between the State of New Hampshire and the Hillsborough Historical Society.  Please check the State website at the link below to confirm hours of operation open dates, and fees:  Visit NH State Parks, Rates and Options

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