For just one evening every year, seven of the Portsmouth Historic Sites open their doors and gardens for the Twilight Tour. The event takes place 4:30-8 pm on Friday, August 10. To make this evening memorable, the theme is “Entertainment!” as each site offers a special focus: brief talks on collections, storytelling, short plays and light refreshments.
Each ticket is good for one admission to each of the 7 participating sites on the night of the Twilight Tour and is also valid for the balance of the 2018 season for admission to any houses that visitors don’t get to on the night of the Tour. The Twilight Tour ticket is also good for two-for-one admission to the USS Albacore and a sail on the gundalow Piscataqua for the remainder of the season (these two sites are not participating in the Twilight Tour on August 10th. Ticket prices are: Adult $20; child $8 in advance (online or in person); Adult $25 and child $10 at the door. The total value of each ticket is $80.
Proceeds of the tour benefit the member sites of the Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates, Inc. (PHSA), and PHSA joint programming.
Participating in the Twilight Tour are:
· Strawbery Banke Museum. Enter at 14 Hancock Street. Visit the new 2018 special exhibit “Vice” exploring Portsmouth’s traditions and taboos over 300+ years.
· Historic New England’s 1784 Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street and the 1807 Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street. Historic New England will exhibit historic place settings.
· The 1716 Warner House, corner of Daniel and Chapel Streets. Enjoy historical games in the garden and candlelight-dining décor from the 18th through the early 20th century .
· The 1758 John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle Street (corner of Middle and State Streets) will
· The 1763 Moffatt-Ladd House, 154 Market Street. The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden will have displays of historical games from the 18th and 19th centuries
· The 1750 Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road (take the complimentary van from Strawbery Banke Museum or the Rundlet May House – not in walking distance of downtown). Featuring tours of the house over the centuries of three families as occupants: Gov. Wentworth, the Cushing family gave and John Templeman Coolidge.