Watercolor

Ham House, Creek

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

VP019_HamHouseatCreek_6in.jpg

"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."

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

Inscription reads, "Ham House-at Creek."

~ Foster, Sarah Haven (1827-1900), “Ham House, Creek,” Portsmouth Public Library's Online Archives, accessed November 28, 2020, https://portsmouthexhibits.org/items/show/857.

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Title

Ham House, Creek

Subject

Historic buildings
Trains
Watercolors (paintings)

Description

"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."

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

Inscription reads, "Ham House-at Creek."

Creator

Foster, Sarah Haven (1827-1900)

Source

Sarah Haven Foster Views of Portsmouth

Publisher

Portsmouth Public Library, Special Collections

Date

Mid to late 19th century

Format

Jpg derived from Tif

Language

eng

Type

StillImage

Identifier

PPL-AA1989.60.19

Watercolor Item Type Metadata

Provenance

Gift of Mary A. Foster, 1901