Watercolor

Ham House - Creek

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

VP019_HamHouseatCreek_6in.jpg

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

"This house, removed within a few years, was one of the oldest in town. It was a two-story building, and when altered to a one-story house it was found to be filled in between the beams and rafters with stones and stubble, to make it arrow proof, leaving little doubt that it was built as a garrison house.

The cellar kitchen was provided with wide doors to receive the hogsheads of molasses and rum that were stored there, when its owner, one of Mr. Ham’s ancestors, carried on a thriving West India trade. The schooners could then come up the Creek, and land their valuable cargoes at his very door."

~ Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900), “Ham House - Creek,” Portsmouth Public Library's Online Archives, accessed November 18, 2017, http://portsmouthexhibits.org/items/show/857.

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Title

Ham House - Creek

Description

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

"This house, removed within a few years, was one of the oldest in town. It was a two-story building, and when altered to a one-story house it was found to be filled in between the beams and rafters with stones and stubble, to make it arrow proof, leaving little doubt that it was built as a garrison house.

The cellar kitchen was provided with wide doors to receive the hogsheads of molasses and rum that were stored there, when its owner, one of Mr. Ham’s ancestors, carried on a thriving West India trade. The schooners could then come up the Creek, and land their valuable cargoes at his very door."

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 19

Watercolor Item Type Metadata

Inscription Title

Ham House-at Creek

PPL Accession #

1989.60.19

Provenance

Gift of Mary A. Foster, 1901