The 2013 Lilac Festival at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion will be on Saturday May 25th from 10AM to 3PM. New Hampshire author Tracy Kane will enchant young children with tales of fairy houses at 11. There will also be craft activities and other events for children. Activities for adults include lectures by lilac experts, a silent auction, tours of the Mansion, and sales of many lilac varieties, including some plants descended from the Mansion’s own 250 year old lilacs. Admission to the Lilac Festival is free.
Benning Wentworth, who built what is now called the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, was the first governor of New Hampshire. He was a wealthy merchant, and was the first to import lilacs to North America from Europe around 1750.
The Mansion, a state historic site, is located at 375 Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth. It is a rambling 40-room house overlooking Portsmouth’s Little Harbor, and is considered an outstanding example of a colonial-era home. This historic home will be open to the public a few days per week from May 21st through October 8th this year; for more information about the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and admission times, see the Mansion’s website and the NH State Park’s site.