The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion was built by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth (visit SeacoastNH.com for a great history). The sprawling yellow colonial home is situated on an inlet of Portsmouth Harbor. This was the first trip that I’d made to the landmark, hoping to get a few good shots of the striking yellow home. I liked the old New England feel of the architecture, and I was just as fascinated with the giant anchor near the waterfront. (In the shot below, you can almost see the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in the crop of trees across the inlet).
The first time I heard the story of the home was during a ride on Portsmouth Harbor Cruises. The captain told a story about how in the old days of NH, folks traveled significant distances to visit the Governor – and since he had a penchant for entertaining, in order to let his guests enjoy their visits he continued to add on to the house so there would be enough room for everyone to stay overnight (the final tally stands at 40 rooms).
Also – don’t forget to support the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra by attending their Benefit Concert for the people of Haiti, which takes place this evening at 8pm (following a silent vigil in Market Square at 7:30pm).