Interesting and Beautiful Scenes Along Line Of Exeter, Hampton and Amesbury Street Railway -- Chapter 9
By D. Fisher -- 1900
Just at the junction of the Exeter and Amesbury lines is a most notable wayside inn. It may be said that in all New England there is not one which has been so long in continuous use for that purpose; one where over its old, worn, granite doorstone so many notable men have passed.
trolley cars in front of Whittier's.
The first inn in this spot was erected by Lieut. Jonathan Leavitt about 1755. A new house was built in 1803. This was enlarged and practically rebuilt by the present propietor in 1886.
The road by which both lines of electric road reach the house is the "old post road" from Portsmouth to Boston. Over it passed the coaches of the first regular stage bound to Boston, Monday, April 20, 1780. The first day's run was to Ipswich. On the second day it reached Charlestown. The return coach arrived at Portsmouth Friday of the same week. Fare for the round trip was $6. These coaches changed horses at this inn. To-day Whittier's is the most popular inn in all southeastern New Hampshire.
before the railroad was built.
in front of Whittier's
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