Life on the Homefront during the War of 1812

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
William Ladd, artist unknown, courtesy Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden.

PORTSMOUTH — As part of the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, the Portsmouth Historical Society is sponsoring a lecture on July 19, 5:30. m., by Barbara Ward, Director/Curator of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden titled Life on the Homefront during the War of 1812.

Dr. Ward will contrast the experiences of several prominent families in Portsmouth in order to explain their differing views on the war. The Whipple, Langdon and Elwyn families were generally in favor of the war while the Havens and Ladds were opposed. With much of New England opposed to the war, why did several of Portsmouth’s most successful families support James Madison’s policies? Did either side benefit from the war? Learn how William Ladd, a successful merchant throughout the Embargo period, gave up trade for farming and eventually became a founder of the American Peace Society.

At the John Paul Jones House you can visit the exhibit about the war and its impact on Portsmouth entitled “War of 1812: What it Meant to Portsmouth.” The exhibit examines events during the war and how they influenced lives and fortunes in Portsmouth. It runs through October 31 at the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle St Portsmouth. For more information call 603 436-8420 or email

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