The James House

186 Towle Farm Rd, Hampton, Nh 03842, Usa
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Our mission Our mission is to preserve and restore the Benjamin James House of Hampton, NH and to educate the public on the history of Benjamin James, his house and salt marsh hay farming on the New Hampshire seacoast.

The James House

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Archaeology

Those interested in helping our professional archaeologist with digs and those interested in helping maintain the James House artifact catalog.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Instructors

Those who would like to give or help with educational instruction in a variety of period topics such as historical landscape design, 18th and 19th century farming, salt marsh haying, early carpentry, quilting, sheep shearing, and more. Volunteers must provide a written description of the instruction content and be prepared to present the content to the Board of Directors for approval.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Singers

Those interested in enhancing programs with song by singing period pieces or new pieces based on James House history. The opportunity to write pieces based on James House history is available.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Musicians

Those interested in enhancing programs by providing period music. Colonial drum, fife, flute, violin, fiddle, and dulcimer musicians are preferred. Musicians must have their own instruments.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Costume Makers

Those interested in sewing to create costumes for interpreters, lecturers and performers.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Docents/Interpreters

Those interested in welcoming guest to the Homestead and giving tours through the James House, its orchards and/or its gardens.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Gardeners and Landscapers

Those who would like to learn how to transform a dense woods and an open field into an historical landscape of apple and pear orchards, historical flower gardens and herb gardens by helping clear the woods, planting the orchards and gardens and maintaining the orchards and gardens after planting.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Researchers

There are three areas of research needed: research to enhance the information the Association has collected; research to find unknown facts concerning the Homestead its families, and the social and economic influences that affected their lives; research to develop historically correct programs based on the already collected history.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Administrators

Those interested in helping run our programs and those interested in helping with the operation of the James House: directors, grant writers, planners, supervisors, fundraisers, program facilitators, clerical help, and program assistants. This is a wide group of activities ranging from financial advice to working with children by helping run period children games and training day.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Re-enactors

Those interested in re-enacting events which occurred during the James House history. Re-enactors have the opportunity to write their own script or join in the presentation of scripts prepared by others. All scripts must be approved by the James House Board of Directors.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help The Association’s projects are expanding and the opportunities for volunteers are increasing. James House is a National Historic site and thus is interested in recruiting volunteers from communities in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
About us The James House is a living museum of architectural and social history of early New England. At the James House we strive to preserve and restore the home of Benjamin James, a 1723 salt marsh hay farmhouse in Hampton, NH. In addition we reach out to the community offering education to citizens of all ages, schools and other organizations and provide entertaining and educational events several times a year. The James House is listed with the National Historic Register of Historic Places.
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