Pierce Manse opens for summer season


The Pierce Manse, the historic Concord home of New Hampshire’s only U.S. President, Franklin Pierce, will re-open for guided tours on May 27. The Manse will be open Thursday through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Visitors and tour guides alike are required to wear a face covering and to follow social distancing guidelines during the tour.

Franklin Pierce was President of the United States from 1853 to 1857 and is the only New Hampshire resident to be elected to the country’s highest office. Visitors to the Pierce Manse, Pierce’s Concord home, will learn about what life was like in the mid-19th century for Franklin Pierce, his wife Jane, and their two sons.

“The Pierce Brigade is happy to be able to safely reopen the home of New Hampshire’s only President available to the public,” said Joan Woodhead, President of the Pierce Brigade. “Over the last year, we have all grown to appreciate the value of in person experiences all the more and we are looking forward to sharing the story of NH’s only president and his family with our visitors.”

Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in 1804, the son of Revolutionary War veteran and New Hampshire Governor Benjamin Pierce. Before being elected the 14th President of the United States in 1852, he was elected to the New Hampshire State Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Pierce was the youngest Speaker of the New Hampshire Legislature and served as a Brigadier General in the Mexican War. While President, Pierce reduced the national debt by 60% from $75 million to $35 million, established the office of the United States Attorney General, modernized the Army and Navy, improved relations with Canada, established trade with Japan and expanded our national borders.

The Pierce Brigade, the membership organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of President Franklin Pierce, is welcoming new volunteers interested in helping to share the Pierce’s story.

The Pierce Manse is located at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane in Concord. Those wishing to schedule a tour outside of normal open hours should call 603-224-2939. For more information about visiting or volunteering, visit piercemanse.org.

The Pierce Brigade is the membership organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of President Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. President Pierce and his family owned the Pierce Manse from 1842-1848. In 1971, the Pierce Manse was saved from demolition by the Pierce Brigade and moved to its current location at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane in Concord, New Hampshire.

Author: Insider Staff

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