Childhood Home of

Franklin Pierce, 14th US President

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), the seventh of nine children, spent a happy childhood in attractive surroundings of gardens and trees. The stately home has spacious rooms with vividly painted walls and exquisite stenciling. The house has a grand ballroom and a parlor decorated with imported French wallpaper-symbols of the elegance of the age.

Begun as a tavern, the Pierce Homestead soon became a gentleman's home for lively exchange among celebrities of the day - Daniel Webster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mary Baker Eddy's favorite brother, Albert.

In 1834, Franklin Pierce married Jane Means Appleton, a shy, frail woman of a distinguished family from Amherst, N.H. Few know of their great personal losses which cast a shadow over their lives.

Pierce served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. When the Mexican War started in 1846, he quickly rose from private to brigadier general, and in 1852, he became the youngest President ever elected.

The Pierce Homestead

The Pierce Homestead was built in 1804 by Benjamin Pierce the year his son Franklin was born. The large spacious rooms, the hand stenciled walls, and the imported wallpaper, symbolize the elegance of the age.

Benjamin Pierce came to Hillsborough in 1786, almost 50 years after the town was first settled. He had served under Washington in the War for Independence, but after the war's end found himself nearly impoverished. The beauty of the land surrounding Hillsborough, and the affordable prices of land attracted him to buy a log cabin with 50 acres of land. After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Andrews, Benjamin Pierce married Anna Kendrick. By the time the Homestead was built, Benjamin Pierce was a prosperous and prominent man. His career in public service continued for 57 years, during which he was twice Governor of New Hampshire.

The Homestead was a gathering place of great individuals. Here Daniel Webster was entertained, and in the ballroom on the second floor Benjamin Pierce drilled local militia groups, for everyone was a friend of Benjamin Pierce.

The gardens surrounding the Homestead, with their artificial pond, and lattice summer house, were of unusual beauty for their day. The Homestead is a historic reminder of the family that built it, and of an age in which a young America began to grow into the country we know today.

Located at -

301 2nd NH Turnpike, near the junction of Rts 9 and 31

Phone -  603.478.3165

Open Hours -

The President Franklin Pierce Homestead is officially open:

Memorial Day long weekend through the long Columbus Day Weekends:

Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Last tour begins at 3:15 pm.

Memorial day long weekend only, unless scheduled for private/group tours

Weekends only, unless scheduled for private/group tours

July & August
Friday - Tuesday,  10:00 - 4:00, last tour begins at 3:15 pm

Saturday & Sunday & Labor day Monday: 10:00 - 4:00 pm, last tour @ 3:15 pm

Weekends  through the long Columbus Day weekend: 10:00 - 4:00 pm, last tour @ 3:15 pm

Except to Private/Group Tours  CLOSED: Wednesday & Thursday

These days are also available for private & group tours and we invite you to schedule one by calling either Mr. Sparks or Mrs. Gannon.

scroll down for more information about private and group tours

        Hillsborough Historical Society      New Hampshire

PO Box 896   |  Hillsborough, NH  03244  |  603.478.0809  |

Franklin Pierce Homestead

Private, Group & Charter Tours:

Private & Group tours, in addition to regularly posted hours, are also available beginning the 2nd week of April (weather permitting) through the 2nd week of November (weather permitting).
We can schedule hours as early as 7:00 AM to 1 1/2 hours prior to sunset.
We require school groups to bring one chaperone for every ten students.
For large groups (over 30 persons) we ask for a refundable upon arrival deposit of $75.00.
Groups in excess of 60 persons, we require a $100.00 deposit, refundable upon arrival.
We require a 24 hours cancellation notice to guarantee a complete refund.
A final head count will be needed 72 hours in advance of the scheduled tour.

To schedule as school, private or charter tours, please contact:
Gary Sparks @ 603-464-0225
Jean Gannon @ 603-464-3429

School Groups

New Hampshire school children are always given free admission to the President Franklin Pierce Homestead.
We do require one chaperone for each group of 10 students.
Given ample advance notice, educational packets available by request.
The Hillsborough Historical Society does supply a number of old fashioned games for students.
There are 'touchable' objects in each room of the tour.
The FPH is a state park and there is picnicking on the grounds.
Please note there is ONE picnic table, but do feel free to bring your own chairs, picnic blankets.
Fires  are not permitted on the grounds.
We politely request that all trash is packed out as there are no trash bins on the property.


Admissions as follows and are subject to change
We accept, with proper ID: VISA, MASTERCARD, cash & personal checks (embossed w/name, address only)
For 2011 admissions are:
Ages 18 & Up: $5.00
Ages 6 - 17:     $3.00
Ages 5 & Under: Free
New Hampshire Citizens 64 and Up: Free
New Hampshire National Guard: Free
New Hampshire Citizens members of the US Armed Services, active & disabled: Free
Citizens of the TOWN of Hillsborough: Free



All those interested in volunteering at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead please contact Mrs Jean Gannon @ 603-464-3429.
We are always in need of researchers, Guides, Greeters, housekeepers, grounds persons, fundraising committee, hand sewing, musicians.
Students with two teacher recommendations are welcome to interview for these positions also.
This will fulfill most community service obligations as well as stand in good stead as a resume builder.
Excellent grades are a plus but more important is a willing attitude, a thirst for knowledge and a good work ethic.
We have positions open for year around or a few hours here & there or simply for events, such as the town wide Living History Event or the Harvest Candle Light open house.
And no, you do not have to wear a costume! 


The President Franklin Pierce Homestead & grounds are available for private meetings, gatherings, recitals and weddings.
For further information on fees and hours available please contact:
Jean Gannon@ 603-464-3429


The FPH is first floor wheelchair accessible.
A tour of the second floor is available for viewing on DVD.
Wheelchair accessible restroom.
Handicapped Parking is in front of the barn, except during Living History Event (LHE) when Handicapped Parking spots are closest to the field activities.


The President Franklin Pierce Homestead features a gift shop in our barn which specializes in New Hampshire made crafts and arts, educational toys and old fashioned toys.
Many of our items are exclusive to us.


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