A late 19th-century view of the Warner House from the corner of Daniel and Chapel streets.
Furnishings seen in this 1915-Wallace Nutting photograph are in the Warner House today as many family possessions returned in the intervening years since the house became a museum in 1932.
The “Reception Room” entertained guests and was the site of two family weddings in the 1820s.
Portrait artist Joseph Blackburn captured the likeness of the extended Warner family in 1761. Polly Warner (center) was the only child of Jonathan Warner, son-in-law of first owner Capt. Archibald Macpheadris..
Shortly after construction, Capt. Archibald Macpheadris commissioned work on the murals. The four murals are considered the oldest extant wall murals in the country.
Discover Portsmouth-made furniture including the Robert Harold bookcase (pictured left) built for that corner of Jonathan Warner’s study. Its center shelves contain Polly Warner’s personal library, a unique collection of books sent from London in 1765 to educate a proper young lady.
The Warner House is a short walk from the North Church and Market Square, the hub of historic downtown Portsmouth.
Learn more about the connection between the Warner House and the Memorial Bridge.


The advent of automobiles and the Memorial Bridge almost resulted in the demolition of the Warner House in the early 1930s. The John S. Sherburne House (far right) was already razed for a gas station, and another gas station was planned for the site before a group of early preservationists purchased the house and turned it into a museum. The Warner House truly is a remarkable survivor.
Throughout the season, the Warner House hosts numerous programs and events.
Step back in time! The Warner House offers walk-in, guided tours exploring different periods of family occupancy room by room.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” –Henry Ford


Warner House Receives LCHIP GrantLand & Community Heritage Investment Program

UPDATETHANK YOU!  Through your generosity and support, the Warner House has exceeded the challenge of the $25,000 matching gift, an incredible proposal from an anonymous benefactor.  Now, the $50,000 will match the original LCHIP grant, and the much-needed repairs to the Warner House may begin this winter.

Recently, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) awarded the Warner House a $47,000 matching grant. LCHIP is an independent state authority that promotes preservation of natural, cultural and historic resources by providing matching grants to non-profits and municipalities.  For more information on LCHIP, visit www.lchip.org

Warner House will use the funds for exterior envelope and structural repairs related to moisture mitigation. The project will include much needed repairs to the brick piers in the basement and repairs of other elements including the following: parapet caps, windows, masonry and gutters. All work will adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, ensuring that as much historic fabric is retained as possible, that if an architectural element has deteriorated beyond repair, it is replaced in-kind and through making modifications reversible.

Work will occur over a two-year period and be completed in time to celebrate our 300th anniversary and will position the Warner House to last another 300 years. Be on the lookout for specialized “hard hat tours” and special programs highlighting our progress.

In an amazing display of generosity and love for the Warner House, a member who wishes to remain anonymous has already pledged a matching grant of $25,000 to the LCHIP matching grant!  This incredible gesture will help the Warner House reach its goals; however, fundraising efforts must be matched to the penny to receive this remarkable gift.  Your contribution will help keep the Warner House standing for its next 300 years!

To donate to this worthy cause and assist us in raising funds to match our challenge grant, please click on the donate button, which will take you to the secure Paypal site. If you would prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to the WARNER HOUSE ASSOCIATION, memo line LCHIP GRANT, and mail it to WARNER HOUSE ASSOCIATION, P.O. BOX 895, PORTSMOUTH, NH 038020895.