The parlor of the Moffatt-Ladd House, one of the country’s finest Georgian mansions, is undergoing a refurbishment. Built overlooking the Piscataqua River circa 1760-63 by John Moffatt, the house was home for nearly 150 years to six generations of the same family including William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War General. Its furnishings include many elegant high-style examples of Portsmouth-made and owned furniture, as well as the best of 18th century taste in portraits, ceramics and other decorative arts.
Several inventories of the home were taken in the period between the late 1760s and 1789, which help to establish the original furnishings of the house. This talk will discuss the documentation for the early treatment of the Parlor and the process of researching various aspects of the room for the restoration, including physical examination, the comparison with inventories of Moffatt’s contemporaries and friends and other documentation that have informed the plan for restoration. An update on the Parlor’s restoration to date, will be given.
5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy