Tour the homestead of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States (1853-1857), and see the two-story quintessential, impeccably preserved New Hampshire house where he lived from infancy until he married in 1834. Pierce’s father built the structure in 1804. It has a large ballroom on the second floor used for entertaining distinguished guests and presently contains a curved table that the NH State legislature used when Pierce was the speaker. The house still has original French wallpaper depicting Naples Bay, restored stenciling in many of the main rooms, and paneled doorways set within classical frontispieces. “…I shall never cease to remember my birthplace with pride as well as affection, and with still more pride shall I recollect the steady, unqualified and generous confidence which has been reposed in me by its inhabitants.” – Franklin Pierce. This historical homestead is open for tours seasonally from Memorial day to labor day weekends. The homestead site has a picnic area and restrooms. A small entry fee is collected. Pets are not allowed.
Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site
Location: 301 Second New Hampshire Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Phone: (603) 478-3165