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Franklin Pierce Homestead


  • Address: 301 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike (NH 31)
  • Vicinity: Franklin Pierce Hwy, 3 mi W of Hillsborough
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums

Franklin Pierce, fourteenth President of the United States, held office during one of the most critical periods (1853-57 ) of the antebellum generation. Under his administration, the apparent calm on the slavery issue produced by the Compromise of 1850 gave way to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, "Bleeding Kansas, " and the renewed sectional storms which resulted in the Civil War. Of the extant residences associated with Pierce, the one most typical of his time and background and also the one which he occupied for the longest period is the Franklin Pierce Homestead. Located at Hillsborough Lower Village in New Hampshire, this 2-story frame and clapboard house with hipped roof was built by Franklin's father, Benjamin Pierce. The future President was born about the time the Homestead was completed in 1804 and lived there until his marriage in 1834.The Franklin Pierce Homestead remained in the Pierce family until 1925 when it was donated to the State of New Hampshire. Restored in 1945-50 and again in the early 1960s, the Homestead is open to the public from nine to five daily (except Sunday) from the third week in June through Labor Day. - NRHP, December 1976


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1804/00/00 Benjamin Pierce Home Built
1804/11/23 Franklin Pierce Born Born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire
1834/00/00 Franklin Pierce Home Franklin Pierce's home 1804-1834
1917/00/00 Frank Pierce Carpenter Benefactor Frank Carpenter initiates the effort to recognize the childhood home of President Franklin Pierce in Hillsborough, buying it in 1917, and serving as chairman of the commission which erected Pierce's statue in front of the State House in Concord.

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Particulars for Franklin Pierce Homestead:
Sight Category Building
Park type Historic Site
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use Single dwelling
Owner State



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000027
Resource Type:
Owner: State
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government
Applicable Criteria: Person
Period of Significance: 1825-1849, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1804, 1834
Associated People: Pierce,Franklin
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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