Friday, August 3, 2012

Henry Sherburne, 2nd, House

The home of Henry Sherburne, 2nd, is located on The Hill at 62 Deer Street. It once stood on the north side of Deer Street, opposite the intersection of Deer and High Streets.

Henry Sherburne, 2nd, a merchant and judge, built this home around 1725. He served as a member of the Provincial Council during Portsmouth’s colonial days, as did his father, Henry Sherburne, and his son-in-law, Daniel Warner of the Buckminster House. His mother, Dorothy Wentworth Sherburne, was a sister of the Royal Lt.-Governor, John Wentworth. He and his wife, Sarah Warner, married in 1740 and had nine children. Henry Sherburne, 2nd died in 1767 at the age of fifty-seven years.

The vintage photograph below was published in C. S. Gurney's 1902 book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque.

The three photographs show the original location of the mansion today, how it appeared in 1902 beside the Jenness house and how it looks today at its present location on The Hill.

I originally reported that this beautiful home was razed during the destruction of Portsmouth’s north end during the 1960s. That's obviously wrong! Thank you to the anonymous person who left a comment pointing out my error. The Henry Sherburne, 2nd house was saved and moved up the street and across to the south side, where it still stands today.


  1. This house was not demolished; it was moved to "The Hill" and still stands almost opposite the Portsmouth Sheraton Hotel.

  2. Thank you for waking me up! I remember finding the house on "The Hill" some time ago but lost the fact in a cobwebbed corner of my brain. I will walk Portsmouth this weekend and update the article next week.

  3. I'm related to him. He is a relative on my mom's father's side of the family somewhere.