Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

A couple weeks ago my daughter, Elise, got out of school early for a dentist appointment. There wasn't much to go back to school for so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and drive to Portsmouth and New Castle. The foliage was still beautiful and you never know what photo opportunities might present themselves. Plus we're both adventurers.

My husband and I had visited the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion about a month or so ago but the weather wasn't the greatest so we didn't walk around. The day Elise and I visited the weather was perfect and there wasn't anyone else there. Perfect!



Located in Portsmouth with views of New Castle it's a picturesque place I tell ya. Just look at all the golden leaves. Not to mention I do love a yellow house!



It was a little overcast but not to bad



The house was built c 1753 and is where the Royal Governor Benning Wentworth resided until his death in 1770. The house and it's contents were auctioned in 1816, and it was sold again in 1886 to J. Templeman Coolidge.

After Coolidge died, in 1945, his wife offered the mansion and remaining property to the State of New Hampshire. The state has since restored the building to it's historic state.



I think this would be an amazing place to get married! Or visit in the winter after a newly fallen snow. I'll have to remember that . . .

As we headed back towards the parking lot and that gorgeous, golden, maple tree on the left, I asked Elise if I could take a few pictures of her. She almost never turns me down!



In the next post I'll show you the rest of the photos, along with a couple she took of me!

A couple of side notes:

* I found it amazing that no one else had seen a Sabastopoal Goose (the photos on this link are seriously beautiful!). Do you think my husband would notice if I snuck one into the backyard? I know Lily and Winston would!

* I so enjoyed reading all the comments about your animals in my last post. Obviously we have a lot in common! There's nothing like the love, and child-like quality of an animal to share your life.

And as always, thank you so much for stopping by : )

Sharon



18 comments:

Georgianna said...

Hi Sharon, Very, very lovely photos of the mansion and grounds – the light was perfect and you captured it beautifully! And there is something about a yellow house, isn't there? As for animals, they have always been equal (or in fact, greater) members of our family.

Now I am mesmerized by these Sabastopoal Geese! I had no idea. They are stunning.

Look forward to more photos. :) – g

Becky said...

I told Sara over at Red Pine Mountain about the geese. But Mountain Man says no to geese. They look they're wearing a frilly frick! I wonder if we passed by this place on our recent trip. I remember seeing yellow homes in a few places. Beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved seeing your photos and reading the history on the house! Great photos of your daughter - love the one of her running from the camera.
Just now seeing the post on the geese - what beautiful birds! Yes - I think your furbabies would notice them in your yard. :-D

MaggieGem said...

Another wonderful trip to New England thanks to your post! Love you pictures, especially the framing on the first one, well done.

Thank you for sharing you day of adventure with Elise. :-)

Chrissykat said...

Be still, my beating heart...those geese are beyond magical. Wow. Lovely pictures, as always, of yet another wonderful New England landscape.

Jayne said...

What a beautiful home. I love the colors! And I especially love the photos of your sweet girl!

SouthernSass said...

What a fun day for you and your daughter. I love the photos and would love to visit this mansion. I love a yellow house too! Can't wait to see more of this!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I always love seeing pictures of fall in New England. It's so nice that you and your daughter had that time to share together.
I see everyone is still talking about the geese. They certainly are interesting...looks like they are wearing fancy gowns.

Kerri said...

I had never seen a goose like that either. WOW!

Your pics WOW also!! I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the one of your daughter with her hands in the air! Ah.... to be so carefree again!

FAB post!

Donna said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to visit there. I'll have to remember it for when I'm back east and we go up to NH. Portsmouth is such a nice place.

Carolynn said...

I hope Elise appreciates how rare it is to have a mother who likes to play hookie. Beautiful spot and it's even better that you were there alone.

Rose West said...

One of my favorite things about New England is all the historic and beautiful buildings! Great photos!

The Retired One said...

FABULOUS!!!!! What a house and what a setting! Perfect!

Chatelaine said...

What a beautiful spot. Never heard of it.

Pat said...

Wow - that is a gorgeous place! I, too, love that beautiful yellow house! And that yellow foliage is stunning! Your daughter must be a delight to photo!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

This post is the reason I am in love with New England bloggers! I get to live vicariously through your fall posts!!

Pondside said...

The best colour for a house is yellow (says she of the burgundy and stone house). Seriously - who wouldn't wish to be married in such lovely surroundings?

Jan's camera said...

What an amazing house. I must go visit it. Your photos are lovely. I also love yellow houses.