Daniel Webster Family Home
Daniel Webster Family Home
|Location||West Franklin, New Hampshire|
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|NRHP Reference #||74000196|
|Added to NRHP||May 30, 1974|
|Designated NHL||May 30, 1974|
The Daniel Webster Family Home, also known as The Elms, is a historic house on South Main Street in West Franklin, New Hampshire. The house has been designated a National Historic Landmark for its importance as the summer home of Daniel Webster (1782-1852), who owned it from 1829 until his death.
Daniel Webster's father, Ebenezer, bought the property in 1800, while Daniel was a student at Dartmouth College. The property passed in 1806 to Daniel's brother Ezekiel, who died in 1829, at which time Daniel bought it. The Elms served as an "experimental farm" and "vacation retreat" for Webster while he lived in Massachusetts, and the land was a gravesite for his parents, brothers and sisters.
The property was sold by Webster's heirs to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who used it as an orphanage. The property is now part of the Webster Place Recovery Center, a substance abuse program of Easter Seals New Hampshire, which treats those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
The main block of the house is a 2.5 story wood frame structure, sheathed in clapboards, and topped with a gable roof. It is five bays wide, with a center entry that is flanked by pilasters, and topped by a five-pane transom window and cornice. The interior of the house consists of two rooms on each floor, divided by a central chimney, whose top has been removed (and thus does not project above the roof anymore). The downstairs left room was divided to provide a kitchen space. The older part of the house is dominated visually by a large addition on the east side of the building, which was probably added when the property was adapted for use as an orphanage.
- List of National Historic Landmarks in New Hampshire
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Merrimack County, New Hampshire
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Daniel Webster Family Home". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
- Benjamin Levy (October 26, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Daniel Webster Family Home / "The Elms"" (pdf). National Park Service. and PDF (851 KB)
- "History of Webster Place", Webster Place Recovery Center
- Daniel Webster Birthplace State Historic Site, 2 miles (3 km) west of "The Elms" along New Hampshire Route 127
- Webster Place Recovery Center