The Governor John Langdon House is often cited as one of the finest Georgian residences in the country. An expansive lawn at the rear of the house is shaded by mature trees and enclosed by hedges and a perennial flower border. A 100-foot rose and grape arbor, installed in the early 1900s by owner and family descendant Elizabeth Langdon, leads to a small pavilion and secluded garden. Historic New England invites you to host your wedding or special event in this idyllic outdoor setting.
John Langdon rose from modest origins to become a merchant, shipbuilder, Revolutionary leader, signer of the United States Constitution, and three-term governor of New Hampshire. The house he built for his family expresses his status as Portsmouth's leading citizen and was praised by George Washington, who visited there in 1789. At the end of the nineteenth century, Langdon descendants purchased the house and restored it to its eighteenth-century glory, adding on a substantial wing designed by McKim, Mead, and White to house modern conveniences.
The handsome garden, dating from the same era, features restored perennial beds, a rose and grape arbor, and a pavilion.