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July marks John Paul Jones' 271st birthday

Portsmouth Historical Society
June 27. 2018 10:47PM

PORTSMOUTH — A birthday party for America’s renowned Revolutionary War naval officer John Paul Jones will be celebrated Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden, a National Historic Landmark, at 43 Middle St., Portsmouth.

Admission is free. The event includes house tours, live music, family fun, patriotic festivities, refreshments, a book signing by Michael and Michelle Mitchell of their new comic book about John Paul Jones, and a special art exhibit titled “Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast.”

The Portsmouth Historical Society hosts the birthday celebration each year for the naval leader.

John Paul Jones was born 271 years ago in Scotland, on July 6, 1747. He would later be called a “father of the U.S. Navy.” He visited New Hampshire twice. In 1777 he took the USS Ranger with a Piscataqua crew from Portsmouth to France. Overseas, he fought the British in his famous battle on the Bonhomme Richard in 1779, during which he famously said, “I have not yet begun to fight!” Later decorated by the king of France, he returned to Portsmouth to fit out the America, the largest ship of war ever built in the nation to that day. While he was in New Hampshire, Jones stayed at the Purcell House, today the John Paul Jones House.

The John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. It also opens for Veterans Day, when admission is free. It is closed July 4. Admission is $6. It is $5 for Portsmouth residents, seniors and veterans. Admission is free for members of the Portsmouth Historical Society, children younger than 12 and active military personnel and their families.

For more information call (603) 436-8420 or visit

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