Planning some summer vacation day trips? We recommend borrowing our “Historic New England” pass which lets 2 adults (and unlimited children under age 17) visit any of the organization’s 36 properties for FREE. This is one of our least-used museum passes, so we feel it deserves a little promotion!
Most of the properties are open June through October, but hours vary per site, so we advise checking the www.historicnewengland.org website before you go.
Many of their historic houses are located within a half-hour of Dover, so it’s a very short trip to visit the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Hamilton House in South Berwick or the Sayward-Wheeler house in York Harbor. In nearby Portsmouth, you can tour the Rundlet-May House, the Jackson House, or the Gov. John Langdon House and in Exeter, see the Gilman Garrison House.
Just over the border in Massachusetts are the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, five historic houses in Newbury, one each in Essex, Gloucester and Saugus, and two properties in Salem. There are ten other Massachusetts sites a bit farther afield too.
Historic New England also has one house in Connecticut and four in Rhode Island for a total of 36 properties you can visit---for free!
You may reserve the Historic New England pass for your family at our website http://library.dover.nh.gov. Just click on the portion of the blue bar that says “Reserve Museum Passes”. You’ll need your library card to make a reservation. Or you may call us at 603-516-6050 to reserve your day. Enjoy these properties, many in our own backyard, that make New England so unique!