Gilman Garrison House
Gilman Garrison House
|Location||12 Water St., Exeter, New Hampshire|
|Part of||Exeter Waterfront Commercial Historic District (#80000299)|
|NRHP reference #||76000131|
|Added to NRHP||September 27, 1976|
|Designated CP||December 3, 1980|
The Gilman Garrison House is a historic house museum at 12 Water Street in Exeter, New Hampshire. Built in 1709, it is a rare surviving example of a First Period garrison house, built with a number of clearly defense-related features. It is owned by Historic New England, which operates the home as a house museum, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The Gilman Garrison House stands near the eastern end of Exeter's historic waterfront commercial district, on the south side of Water Street at its junction with Clifford Street. It is a 2-1/2 story T-shaped structure, with a gabled roof and clapboarded exterior. The oldest portion has a frame of oak timbers, with heaving wooden planking forming its walls. The upper floor projects over the ground floor, and there is evidence that the overhang originally had firing portholes in its floor. There are also wall structures indicative that part of the house could be isolated by means of a wooden portcullis.
Councillor John Gilman, a proprietor of sawmills and member of a prominent early Exeter family involved in shipping, built the log house in 1709 and fortified it for protection. It was owned late in the 18th century by Ebenezer Clifford, a master carpenter of renown throughout New Hampshire's Seacoast region, who took on Daniel Webster as a tenant while the latter attended Phillips Exeter Academy. In the 20th century, it underwent restoration and was converted into a museum of Americana, which also showcased some of the building's distinctive features. It was acquired by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA, now Historic New England) in 1966. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. In 2005 dendrochronology testing was conducted on the house, which confirmed a tree felling date of 1709.
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