John Greenleaf Whittier and Hampton

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
[December 17, 1807 - September 7, 1892]

One of America's most famous poets, John Greenleaf Whittier, lived over the border in Massachusetts but spent many days in Hampton and wrote six poems about the town and beach. His mother Abigail Hussey was from the line of the Hussey family of Dover, but Whittier mistakenly believed he descended from the Hussey family of Hampton and thus looked upon Hampton as the town of his ancestors. In fact, none of his ancestors lived in Hampton. Below are links about Whittier, as well as links to some of his Hampton poems.

The Poet, John Greenleaf Whittier And Hampton
A three-part series by James W. Tucker for his "Our Town" series in the Hampton Union, September-October 1960.
In The Home Of His Ancestors With Whittier
An article by Caroline C. Lamprey Shea in the Granite Monthly magazine, July-Dec 1899.
John Greenleaf Whittier -- (The poet and His Love for Hampton)
An article by James W. Tucker published in the town's 325th anniversary booklet in 1963.
Whittier on
Focusing on his abolitionist activities and his ties to New Hampshire.
The Second Death of John Greenleaf Whittier
The story of Whittier's death in Hampton Falls
Hampton Falls To Lose An Historic Landmark
Whittier's summer home to be moved to Connecticut.
Some illustrations and letters pertaining to John Greenleaf Whittier
Letter from Leila Seward to her mother in 1869 about a visit to Whittier's home in Amesbury that she made during a visit to Hampton Beach
Whittier's Hampton Poems
The Changeling
Hampton Beach
How the Women Went From Dover
The New Wife and the Old
The Tent on the Beach
The Wreck of Rivermouth
The Pastoral Letter (Only mentions Hampton in passing)
John Greenleaf Whittier: A Man Who Loved Hampton
Hampton Union, September 18, 2007
Hampton had Home in Greenleaf Whittier's Heart
Hampton Union, December 14, 2007