The annual Lilac Festival at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion will be on Saturday, May 26 from 10AM to 3PM this year. For children, there will be arts and craft activities, an alpaca petting zoo, a treasure hunt, and more. 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. For more information about the house and hours of admission, see the Mansion’s website and the NH State Park’s site.