Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tibbetts House

The Tibbetts House is located at 212 Pleasant Street, on the southeast corner of Pleasant Street and Junkins Avenue.

I could not find very much history about this house. Records show that Thomas Jackson sold it to Dr. Daniel Peirce in 1774.

The house is named after Captain Richard Salter Tibbetts, who purchased the home in 1799. He and his wife, Sarah Frost Tibbetts, had 10 children born between 1790 and 1808.

A merchant sea captain, Tibbetts died in Jacmel Bay, Haiti, West Indies in October 1821. His wife continued to live in this house until 1852.

The Tibbetts House later became part of the Jacob Wendell estate next door.

Today, the house looks remarkably similar to the old photograph in C. S. Gurney's 1902 book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque. The building now has two dormer windows, probably added by the Jacob Wendell estate to make the two houses conform.  

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