Nutting photo showing antique day bed and chest in the Wentworth-Gardner upper hall, 1915.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 11 a.m. Sandra Rux, curator of “Wallace Nutting and the Wentworth-Gardner House,” will give a gallery talk at the Wentworth-Gardner House on Saturday August 22 at 11 a.m. entitled “Wallace Nutting—Accidental Furniture Expert.”  Nutting began his work on documenting early America with photographs of trees and […]

Gallery Talk: “Wallace Nutting—Accidental Furniture Expert”




old_portsmouth
Thursday, August 20th   Door opens at 5:30 p.m. & the hoot begins at 6 p.m. Are you frequently telling friends and family “I remember Portsmouth when…” and detailing those changes?  Have a great story from your Portsmouth past?  Just like to listen to these stories?  Then, this is your  […]

Portsmouth Before It Was Fashionable, A Neighborhood Hoot



Wentworth Gardner House open for visitors, August 1915.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:30 p.m. While leisure travel among the middle class had gradually increased since the Civil War, Wallace Nutting took advantage of the new automobile culture to create his Chain of Colonial Picture Houses to provide therapeutic and educational vacation experiences. Sandra Rux, curator of “Wallace Nutting […]

Wallace Nutting and Tourism Gallery Talk


"Recreations of Our Foremothers" by Wallace Nutting, 1913
Saturday, June 27, 2015 11 a.m. Join Sandra Rux, curator of “Wallace Nutting and the Wentworth-Gardner House,” for a gallery talk at the Wentworth-Gardner House on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m.  Ms. Rux will discuss the loom that appeared in a the Nutting photograph “Recreations of Our Foremothers” and […]

Gallery Talk



A c.1915 colorized print by Wallace Nutting of a young model dressed in colonial attire descending the main stairway of the Wentworth-Gardner House.
REMINDER!! Thursday – June 11 5:30 p.m. at Discover Portsmouth Center FREE Lecture!   Join Richard M. Candee, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at Boston University as he presents his talk on Wallace Nutting at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street in Downtown Portsmouth. An authority […]

Richard Candee’s Wallace Nutting


A c.1915 colorized print by Wallace Nutting of a young model dressed in colonial attire descending the main stairway of the Wentworth-Gardner House.
The Wentworth Lear Historic Houses invites you to visit “Wallace Nutting and the Wentworth-Gardner House— 100 Years,” a new exhibit that tells the story of the restoration of the Wentworth-Gardner House using before-and-after photographs taken by Wallace Nutting.  The house was the northernmost site in Nutting’s “Chain of Five Colonial […]

Wallace Nutting Exhibit



Learn how to reconstruct an 18th-century stone wall using traditional mortars and methods on June 13th & 14th, 2015.  Photo by James Smith.
Rebuilding Historic Stonewalls JUNE 13 & JUNE 14, 2015 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (both Saturday & Sunday) Join John Wastrom, conservation mason & stonemason, as he leads this two-day seminar on rebuilding historic stonewalls.   Through hands-on participation, you will learn the secrets and techniques to reconstruct an 18th-century stonewall, also […]

Stonewall Seminar


After a bit of early rain on Saturday, the Portsmouth Seersucker Ride was a delightful success and benefit to the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses!  This event was generously hosted by the Swell Society: a 20th Century Social Club.  Join at the link below to learn of more vintage events on […]

Swell Society Benefit Ride