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Wed July 16, 2014
Declaration of Independence Signer's N.H. Estate For Sale
The home of the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, Josiah Bartlett, is up for sale. Bartlett, a former New Hampshire governor, once lived in the 18-acre estate in Kingston, NH.
The white farmhouse built in 1774 is now up for sale with an asking price of $849,600. Complete with open pasture and wooded areas, the property also has a linden tree that Bartlett brought back from Philadelphia after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
After seven generations of Bartletts in the home, the property is being offered on the open market for the first time. The property was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972.
Bartlett, founder and first president of the New Hampshire Medical Society, practiced medicine for over 40 years. In the estate his medical instruments are displayed in the parlor.
The 4,654 square foot property has four bedrooms and two baths in addition to over 1,200 feet of waterfront on Greenwood Pond.
During his political career Bartlett was a delegate on the Continental Congress and also served on the committee that drafted the Articles of Confederation. Bartlett was the New Hampshire governor from 1790-94 and was a big proponent of agriculture and infrastructure.
Bartlett’s name can be found on the most important document in United States history, but he has also made a splash in pop culture. On the hit NBC TV series “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen played the role of President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet. Despite the difference in spelling, Sheen’s character is said to be a descendant of Josiah Bartlett. Sheen, a democrat from Manchester, becomes a widely popular president.
To view the property on Zillow, click here.