Facebook Twitter Pinterest YouTube Blog

Wentworth Lear Historic Houses

Contact Information

Hunking St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 6034364406 | Website
View Map Print

Interact With Us



The Lear House was built circa 1740 and is an example of the Georgian architectural style. The house has a graceful hip-roof and is considered a mansion because of its size. The Lear House was built by Captain Tobias Lear III. He was the grandfather of Tobias Lear V, who became the private secretary to President George Washington. Tobias V was born in the house in 1762, was raised in the house, and returned, a beloved and successful son of Portsmouth, with President Washington in 1789. Washington visited Madame Lear, Tobias’ mother, in the front parlor while a crowd watched the audience from the street. The story is well documented and a celebrated piece of the city’s history.


  • Family Friendly
  • Function Space
  • Groups Welcome
  • Water Front
  • Gay Friendly

Request a NH Visitor's Guide