National Register of Historic Places - The Pickering House Inn

Pickering House Inn Named to the National Register of Historic Places

We so honored to have been nominated and named to the National Register for Historic Places! Here is the full press release about the announcement:

Wolfeboro, NH – May 1, 2019 –  Pickering House Inn, a recently opened luxury inn located in downtown Wolfeboro, NH, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places after a two-year renovation of the former Pickering homestead.  The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.

Located at 116 South Main Street in the heart of downtown Wolfeboro, Pickering House is comprised of the original 1813 structure, two ells added in the mid- and late-1800’s, and a full barn. The property’s namesake, Daniel Pickering, was one of Wolfeboro’s most prominent businessmen and played a leadership role in nearly all aspects of Wolfeboro in the mid-19th century. Over a 40 year span, he opened numerous businesses, including the Pavilion Hotel, which attracted guests from Boston and beyond.

Pickering House began as a tavern in 1813. In the intervening years it served as a private home, boarding house, summer home, apartment house, hotel and more. By 2015, the years had taken their toll and the property was named one of New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save,” historic properties most in danger of destruction.

In February 2016, Wolfeboro residents Patty and Peter Cooke bought the property and began a two-year renovation to give the structure a new life as a luxury inn. The renovation blended original features with modern updates essential for the comfort of today’s guests. According to co-owner and designer Patty Cooke, who is principal at Wentworth Style, a Wolfeboro renovation consulting firm, “the challenge in saving older buildings is to establish style and space that work for the way we live today, while retaining the original bones and special architectural features that give the property historic significance. It has been gratifying to blend the old and new at Pickering House so this wonderful property can continue to be an important part of the fabric of our community for generations to come.”

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources supported the inn’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of the property’s importance as a historic landmark once occupied by a prominent Wolfeboro businessman.

 “The addition of the property to the National Register  helps ensure the preservation of this signature property for the future while recognizing the efforts of our skilled and dedicated renovation team of designers, consultants, contractors and craftspeople who helped us bring it back to life and restore vibrancy to this part of town ,” comments Peter Cooke.

Pickering House now features an inn with 10 guest rooms with luxury baths, spacious common areas, multiple patios, a wraparound porch and an attached barn for events.  The property was updated with modern conveniences such as WiFi, Smart TVs, individually controlled heat/AC and luxury baths, while retaining the historic features that give it character. 

In the very near future, we will honor our selection for the National Register with a plaque on the exterior of inn!