Watercolor

Gerrish House, G. Is. Rear

Mid to late 19th Century / Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900)

VP060_Gerrish_House_rear_6in.jpg

Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster...

"This old house, situated on Whipple’s Cove, so called, was built for a garrison house at a very early date, though the precise year is not known. Until recently altered, it was a fine specimen of the architecture of such houses—with the upper story projecting over the lower, so that the doors and windows could be protected from the Indians, and with very small, strongly defended windows. It was probably built by the inhabitants of the little hamlet in the neighborhood. Later it became the residence of Robert Cutt 2d. The first Robert Cutt, a brother of John and Richard, lived at first in the Great House, and then removed to Kittery to carry his business of shipbuilding, which was very extensive. His widow married Francis Champernowne. His son Robert, who lived in this house, had four daughters, one of whom married William Whipple, Den. William Whipple, her son, born here in 1730, became Gen. Whipple, the signer of the Declaration of Independence. When he married his cousin, Catherine Moffatt, he went to live at the house of her father on Market street."

~ Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900), “Gerrish House, G. Is. Rear,” Portsmouth Public Library's Online Archives, accessed September 24, 2017, http://portsmouthexhibits.org/items/show/816.

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Title

Gerrish House, G. Is. Rear

Description

Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster...

"This old house, situated on Whipple’s Cove, so called, was built for a garrison house at a very early date, though the precise year is not known. Until recently altered, it was a fine specimen of the architecture of such houses—with the upper story projecting over the lower, so that the doors and windows could be protected from the Indians, and with very small, strongly defended windows. It was probably built by the inhabitants of the little hamlet in the neighborhood. Later it became the residence of Robert Cutt 2d. The first Robert Cutt, a brother of John and Richard, lived at first in the Great House, and then removed to Kittery to carry his business of shipbuilding, which was very extensive. His widow married Francis Champernowne. His son Robert, who lived in this house, had four daughters, one of whom married William Whipple, Den. William Whipple, her son, born here in 1730, became Gen. Whipple, the signer of the Declaration of Independence. When he married his cousin, Catherine Moffatt, he went to live at the house of her father on Market street."

Creator

Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900)

Source

Portsmouth Public Library, Art and Artifact Collection

Date

Mid to late 19th Century

Contributor

Special Collections, Portsmouth Public Library

Format

JPG, derived from TFF

Type

Watercolor

Identifier

Views of Portsmouth 60

Watercolor Item Type Metadata

Inscription Title

Gerrish farm house, Gerrish Island. 1650

PPL Accession #

1989.60.60

Provenance

Gift of Mary A. Foster, 1901